We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers lauded the upgraded Old Skool look with enhancements in the right places.
  • It is among the Tony Trujillo-inspired kicks that are durable, according to a lot of customers. 
  • Majority of wearers felt that the Vans TNT 5 sneakers are comfortable. 
  • One commenter shares that the triple stitching of materials and reinforcements made on the Ollie part greatly increase durability. 
  • Quite a lot of users say that this shoe has a versatile styling perfect for several outfits.
  • A few skaters have mentioned that it has an excellent grip compared to other Vans shoes.
  • The molded polyurethane sock liners help hugely in making these skate-inspired sneakers extremely comfortable.
  • One reviewer has 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 has 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 have 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.
  • A few users are 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. 


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The Vans TNT 5 is available in men’s sizing. Women can still grab a pair by ordering 1.5 sizes less from the men’s sizing. It has a low-top profile that allows the ankle to move without any restriction. 

This skate shoe has an upper made of canvas and suede materials for sufficient foot breathability. It has the original waffle outsole that offers sufficient board feel. 

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.