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10 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers lauded the upgraded Old Skool look with enhancements in the right places.
  • Majority of wearers felt that the Vans TNT 5 sneakers are comfortable “without the feet hurting when walking or skating” with the strategically placed cushioning and lining at the interior.
  • A good number of customers are pleased with the durability of the materials used in this Tony Trujillo-inspired design as it lasted longer than the Old Skool but retaining its stylish aesthetics.
  • One commenter stressed that the triple stitching of materials and reinforcements made on the Ollie part helped immensely in making the Vans TNT 5 last for a long time in spite of daily use.
  • Some users say the shoe “don’t hurt the ankles and that it felt broken the moment, it is worn.”
  • Quite a lot of users say the design that is inspired by the bestselling Old Skool gives the TNT 5 versatile styling that is fashionable for a street-style look that never goes out of style.
  • A few skaters mentioned that it has an excellent grip compared to other Vans skate-inspired kicks.
  • The molded polyurethane sock liners help hugely in making these skate-inspired sneakers extremely comfortable.
  • One reviewer noted that the simplicity of the design is “something subtle that performs to the highest degree without making too much of a fashion statement.”
  • Another reviewer stressed the Vans TNT 5 delivers more than enough to have a consistent time skating with reliable protection for the feet, knees, and back despite the moderate arch support.

3 reasons not to buy

  • While the upper seems to have more durability, several skaters noticed that the high grip soles quickly wear out starting at the bottom.
  • Some users “wished it was a bit wider” as the narrow fit of the Vans TNT 5 causes some discomfort with other customers ordering a size up to resolve the issue.
  • A few users were bothered that the waffle outsole shows signs of thinning out after a few months of use.

Bottom line

A modern upgrade to the vintage Old Skool silhouette, the Vans TNT 5 promises improved UltraCush cushioning and impact absorption to enhance skater performance and comfort. The skate-inspired sneaker also has triple stitching, a Duracap toe bumper, and reinforced Ollie underlays for that durable design that does not quickly break apart after a few months of skating. Priced at an affordable $65 the low-top sneaker also retains that waffle rubber outsole that is well loved since the early years of the favorite American skateboarding shoe brand.

Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $65
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Vans TNT 5 History

The Vans TNT 5 is American professional skateboarder Tony Trujillio’s fifth pro model shoe with the company. Taking the silhouette of the iconic vans Old Skool, the skate-ready design of the TNT 5 takes the skate shoe game to a higher level when it was first released in 2012. The skate-ready model soon had several colorway releases through the years because it was well received and patronized by the skating community.

Trujillo, one of the few professional skaters with signature shoe models for Vans, has been awarded as the thirteenth recipient of the Skater of the Year Award by Thrasher magazine in 2002.  Known for his all-terrain tricks and jumps, the Signature Pro sneakers by Tony Trujillo like the TNT is the standard of modern skate shoes today. Aside from his skateboarding skills, his charm and punk rock influence has also helped in creating a new street-style ready line for the beloved American skate shoe brand.

Vans TNT 5 Style

Taking the style versatility of the Old Skool into a reinforced skate-ready design, the Vans TNT 5 allows users to choose the fashionable route without sacrificing quality and comfort. Pair these skate-ready low-top sneakers with skinny jeans or loose shorts for that street-style and fashion-forward sneaker.

The sneaker comes in a wide range of colorways with black colorways and combinations among the most popular with its patrons. Reflecting the thrasher lifestyle of American professional skater Tony Trujillo, the design is a testament of upgrading classic silhouettes like the Vans Old Skool into a professional skateboarding ready design takes functional style up a notch in this design.

Fit & Sizing

The low-top sneaker made of suede, canvas, and rubber has a skate-ready medium width. The shoe comes in various sizes for men and women and has the original waffle outsole made of gum rubber compound that let wearers feel their boards by keeping the footwear connected to them.

Notable Features

The vintage Old Skool silhouette is elevated as a professional skateboarding superstar with the TNT 5 that was popularized by American skateboarder Tony Trujillo. Setting this low-top model apart from the favorite Old Skool is the UltraCush sockliner as it keeps the foot closer to the board. This feature also provides the best level of impact cushioning. Additional reinforcements to the Vans TNT 5 include a Duracap toe bumper and upper Ollie underlays for added durability.

Additional Info

  • The Vans TNT 5 upper is a combination of tough suede and canvas upper.
  • Signature Vans side stripe with TNT label at the tongue and Off the Wall branding glued at the heel back.
  • Reinforced Ollie area and Duracap toe bumper assure durability of the low-top kick.
  • Removable UltraCush HD insole and a padded cuff allow for a customized cushioning at the interior.
  • Vent holes below the Vans side stripe allow for extra ventilation.

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