Our verdict

Vans UltraRange is packed for heavy days without weighing your feet down or getting them too sweaty. We enjoyed tons of comfort while traveling and tackling a full day's load as this shoe is ready for the rough days. UltraRange is a wallet-friendly option from Vans that's functional and trendy.


  • Feather-light
  • Multipurpose
  • Well-made
  • Adequately cushioned
  • Streamlined
  • Easy-to-wear
  • Breathable
  • Amazing grip
  • Durable


  • Limited color options
  • Tight-fitting

Audience verdict


Who should buy the Vans UltraRange

This Vans shoe is for you if:

  • you are ready to welcome a more cushioned version of the Old Skool
  • you want a light, all-around sneaker for full-packed days
  • you are an outdoorsy person or city cruiser who likes a hiking-inspired sneaker 
  • you like a sneak that lasts beyond summer
  • you are a practical buyer looking for a sub-$100 sneaker

Vans UltraRange forefoot

Who should NOT buy it 

You might need to consider another shoe if:

  • you prefer brightly colored kicks, try the UltraRange EXO
  • you have broad feet, check out the wide sneaker selection

Vans UltraRange should not buy

It feels almost weightless

We really enjoyed the lightness of the Vans UltraRange, which only weighs approximately 255 grams. The padded collar and tongue are wrapped in mesh material that contributes to its overall lightness.

Vans UltraRange light

Wearable to multiple activities

Vans UltraRange appears like an outdoor athletic shoe fitted for the modern active lifestyle. We found it to be a great everyday sneaker that's ideal for tackling daily errands, working a complete shift, or going for light camping. 

Vans UltraRange versatile

No scrimping in materials

The brand used really high-quality materials to make this modern, reinterpreted Old Skool. It bears the leather-made Side Stripe attached on both sides of the shoe.

The Side Stripe add-on first appeared on the original Old Skool skate shoe and it prevented the sides of the shoe from chafing fast.

Vans UltraRange sidestripe

Cushioning made better

In our opinion, the cushioning on this sneaker is better than that of the Vans Old Skool. It comes with the UltraCush Lite foam that provides heel-to-toe cushioning while its seamless Luxliner inner sock hugs the foot comfortably. UltraCush is molded with waffle rubber for comfortable strides.

Vans UltraRange ultracush foam

Chic minus all the froufrou

We love the clean finish which gives this pair a luxurious vibe. Its minimalist and straightforward look is also easy to style.

Vans UltraRange minimalist

Convenient to wear and take off anywhere

The low-top Vans UltraRange comes with pull tabs on the tongue and heel that let us easily slip this sneaker on and off. 

Vans UltraRange laceloops

It doesn't keep the feet toasty

This sneaker has surprisingly good breathability! Its upper is draped with synthetic suede and mesh materials, making it comfortably suitable for warm days. 

Vans UltraRange breathable

Made with a standard sole that grips

The shoe's outsole features a reversed waffle pattern which grips very well on various surfaces.

Vans UltraRange lugs

It holds its shape pretty well

Another noteworthy feature of this silhouette is the unique combination of rubber and foam on the outsole. Together these components make this shoe long-lasting.

Vans UltraRange durable outsole

A good match for your activewear

Joggers, rolled-up skinnies, shorts, and activewear go well with the Vans UltraRange. It also offers a chic vibe even when wearing it without socks.

Vans UltraRange without socks

Commonly available in earth tones

The colorways are pretty limited for this Vans shoe. Some of the available colorways are black/dachshund, black/peat, cub/black, and dress blues/black.

Vans UltraRange earth tone

It tends to be squeezy 

The UltraRange Vans runs a tad narrow in the toebox.

Vans UltraRange tight-fitting

Fun facts about the Vans UltraRange 

In the mid-60s, brothers Paul Van Doren and James Van Doren and their friends Gordon Lee and Serge Delia started a shoe company in California called the Van Doren Rubber Company. Their company stood out among other shoe retailers back in the day because they designed, created, and sold their pairs on the same day on the same premises.

Their first products were made of the thick rubber sole and durable Duck Canvas #10. The company wanted to deliver a sneaker that is easy on the eye and robust enough to withstand strenuous activities. In the 70s, the 'House of Vans' was coined by a group of skaters as they liked the aesthetics and rugged look and the sticky rubber sole of Vans. In 1976, the 'Off the Wall' logo was introduced.

The iconic Side Stripe of the Vans was introduced in 1976 in the Vans Old Skool model. It results from a random doodle of one of the founders, Paul Van. In the 90s, Vans was able to penetrate casual fashion. It was seen sported by rock stars, personalities, and hip-hop celebrities. Several collaborations were formulated during this period which changed the history of all sneaker collaborations.

Vans was able to reach the world stage before the 70s ended. However, in 1984, the company filed for bankruptcy because of a wide range of products they offered in the market that exhausted their resources.  Three years later, the company recovered over and paid all its debts.

From manufacturing, the brand turned into a marketing company in the 90s. They started sponsoring popular and massive sporting events and famous athletes. They launched their apparel line that's able to serve a vast array of customers. Fifty years since it was initially presented, the company is now selling $400 million per year.

In 2017, Vans launched a sneaker that has been described to be the outdoor version of the Old Skool.  This stylish kick offers versatility that goes well with any ensemble for any outdoor activities. This summer-ready kick bears the breathable upper with UltraCush foam sole, Luxliner lining, and the classic inverted waffle-patterned rubber sole.

The UltraRange displays a sportier profile but retains the classic elements. It is able to inspire people to travel and explore the world by showcasing features that look and feel good while on a trip to the beach, walking around the city, or anything in between. Indeed, we found it to be a lightweight and comfortable travel sneaker.

Special editions of the Vans UltraRange

Vans UltraRange Rapidweld

This edition features a reversed waffle lug to maximize the traction and grip of the shoe on various kinds of surfaces. This all-around Vans UltraRange sneaker is packed with lightweight materials which amplifies its comfort, suitable for all-day use.

Vans UltraRange Pro

Considered the most technical skate shoe under the Vans UltraRange umbrella, the Vans UltraRange Pro bursts with durable and technical elements making this model a highly appropriate kick for hardcore skateboarding.

Vans UltraRange 3D

This Vans UltraRange for men and women provides enhanced comfort, perfect for modern wearers. This model features a retro yet versatile design worn for almost any casual ensemble.

Vans UltraRange Gore

This high-performance slip-on UltraRange delivers sufficient support and comfort that can be worn throughout the day without straining one's feet. This model boasts a light and versatile appeal that can easily match almost any attire.

Vans UltraRange Gore Hi

These high-top Van UltraRange sneakers provide better stability and ankle support than their predecessor without giving up the known comfort and durability. Also, the versatile appeal was kept intact, making this sneaker suitable for various kinds of adventures.

Vans UltraRange Mesh

The unique mesh appearance of this model makes it stand out from the other iterations under the UltraRange series. This more breathable version of the UltraRange can be matched with relaxed or smart casual attire.

Vans UltraRange MTE

This variation displays sneakerboot features that suit the city streets. The velvet suede reinforces the mesh upper giving the sneaker both a durable and a luxurious appeal. Also, the iconic Sidestripe gives a casual vibe boosting its laidback flair.