Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype is budget-friendly.  
  • A few wearers shared that they would buy the shoe again.
  • Most users would recommend this sneaker to other people.
  • A lot of reviewers loved the look of the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype.
  • It’s a breathable shoe, praised some commenters.  
  • A couple of purchasers lauded the kicks for being great for skateboarding as it had excellent grip and amazing board feel.
  • The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype is durable and of excellent quality, observed more than a handful of wearers.
  • According to a few users, the sneaker has a cushy footbed.
  • Several reviewers commended the shoe for having good arch support.
  • There are several color options for the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The heel area feels loose, and the foot keeps slipping out, complained a couple of commenters.

Bottom line

Earning much praise for its looks, the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype offers a high-quality structure along with excellent support, grip, and board feel. It’s breathable and well-cushioned, delivering premium comfort. There are also several colorways to choose from.

On the other hand, a couple of wearers found the heel area to be loose, resulting in the foot constantly slipping out. At $75, this budget-friendly sneaker could go a long way in terms of style and function for everyday use.

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Good to know

Unisex sizes in medium width are offered for the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype. It comes in sizes ranging from 3.5 boys/5.0 women up to 13.0 boys/14.5 women. It fits true to size although a couple of users found the heel area to fit loosely. It has a low collar that allows free ankle motion, while the suede and mesh upper provides a breathable and dependable fit. Adjusting the tightness is made easy with the shoe’s lace closure.

The low-top Vans TNT Advanced Prototype is available in several colorways, including Sunflower, which is inspired by Independent trucks, the mono Blackout, and the color combinations of Pewter/Black/Black, Black/Magenta/White, and the classic Black/White/Red.

Skate clothes such as board shorts and t-shirts will go well with the shoe's urban style. This sneaker could also be dressed up or down. Slacks, chinos, jeans, joggers, shorts, and more will match well with the sneaker's laidback yet futuristic appeal. Street style combinations such as t-shirts and pants will show off the shoe's smooth flair. 

The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype features suede and mesh uppers, along with the brand’s original waffle outsoles which offer premium support and grip. Stitch detailing all over the upper lends the sneaker a street style aplomb. The tongue and collar are padded. On the tongue is the Tony Trujillo signature label, while the Vans Sidestripe adorns the sides. The Vans Off the Wall logo is on the heel tab.

Vans started in 1966 and grew to be a favorite among skaters through word-of-mouth. Back then, the company did not focus much on marketing and ads, relying instead on local popularity. However, all that changed when Vans decided to partner with professional skaters to create shoes that could be used for skating and casual activities.

One of these talented pros that the brand has collaborated with is Tony Trujillo, who is also known by his nickname “TNT.” He is so named because of his no-holds-barred execution of tricks and moves across different terrains. His explosive skills have inspired generations of skaters, and his influential style has led to the popularity of his pro models with Vans. He has been with the brand since 1997.

One of the shoes from Trujillo’s collection is the aptly named Vans TNT Advanced Prototype. It is considered the most progressive vulcanized skate shoe from the brand yet. Loaded with innovative features that ensure longevity, this model is designed for skating terrains and the streets. With its sleek and modern appeal, this sneaker would be ideal for individuals who like to be in on the action.

  • DURACAP material reinforces the upper in high-wear areas, offering unrivaled and battle-ready durability.
  • A sock liner made up of UltraCush Lite 3D delivers a responsive and lightweight feel, along with a molded heel cup that provides unprecedented support and cushioning. 
  • Vans ProVulc Lite construction offers superb traction, board feel, and flexibility.


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