Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers praise the feather-lightness of the Vans UltraRange.
  • Many of them have shared about the excellent comfort this shoe delivers making it a superb everyday sneaker that can be used for running, working, and light skating.
  • Several reviewers notice the high-quality materials used in this shoe.
  • Several users cite that the cushioning is much improved compared to the Vans Old Skool.
  • Many users love the clean finishing, giving this pair a luxurious vibe. Some added that the almost zero stitching on the upper enhances the shoes’ sleek and clean design.
  • This sneaker has outstanding breathability, most buyers have revealed.
  • Many users have praised the grippy sole.
  • Few share that they like the easy slip-on and off design of this footwear.
  • This shoe showcases a minimalist and straightforward look that is easy to style, few buyers have said.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users complain about the limited colorways available in the market.
  • The rubber overlay has started to peel away after several uses, one disappointed user says.
  • The UltraRange Vans runs a tad narrow for few wearers.

Bottom line

The Vans UltraRange carries the classic Vans profile that has been upgraded to withstand demanding terrain. This shoe displays a lightweight and breathable upper resting on top of a soft and supportive rubber sole.

Conceived to deliver comfort, superb fit, breathability, and versatility for casual events, many have tagged this as one of the most comfortable kicks apt for exploring cities after cities. Like other Vans sneakers, the UltraRange is found at a wallet-friendly price.  This shoe is a superb pair for practical buyers who need a trendy go-to kick.

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Good to know

The low-top Vans UltraRange has a sock-fit cleatie construction and pull loops on the tongue and heel for easy slip on and off. The collar and tongue are both padded and are made of mesh material for added ventilation and to contribute to overall lightness.

The low-top Vans UltraRange successfully blended the iconic look of Vans Old Skool with the outdoor athletic features to suit the modern active lifestyle. It has an upper composed of synthetic suede and mesh materials for comfort and breathability suitable for warm days. This lightweight sneaker looks like hiking footwear making it a shoe of choice for outdoor enthusiasts and city cruisers.

The versatility of this pair is much applauded. Many users sport their Vans UltraRange in a wide range of ensemble - going to work, doing some short distance running, traveling the cities, and relaxing during the night outs. Joggers, rolled up skinnies, shorts, and activewear go well with the Vans UltraRange. Few slip this pair on without socks because the seamless cleatie construction reduces the possibility of friction to avoid blister formation.

Most buyers commend the Vans UltraRange look as it bears the modernized version of a classic, renowned silhouette. This slip-on kick features the iconic Side Stripe which has been welded to the mesh upper. The Side Stripe was first introduced in the Old Skool model and serves as the distinctive feature of the Vans.

Another noteworthy feature of this silhouette is the unique combination of rubber and foam on the outsole. This perfect blend is in the reversed waffle-pattern outsole that results to a durable and more reliable grip and traction on various surfaces.

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 was unique that time because they designed, created, and sold their pairs on the same day in the same premises.

Their first products were made of the thick rubber sole and the very 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 the 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 is the result of a random doodle of one of the founders, Paul Van. In the 90s, Vans was able to penetrate the 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 after, the company was able to recover and paid all their debts.

From manufacturing, the brand turned into a marketing company in the 90s. They started sponsoring popular and massive sporting events and popular athletes. They launched their apparel line 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 as 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 was built to inspire the users to travel and explore the world by showcasing elements that look and feel good while on a trip to the beach, walk around the city, or anything in between. It has been tagged as the very lightweight and comfortable travel sneaker to date by its wearers.

  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 to amplify 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 is bursting 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 was revamped to enhance comfort making it perfect for the modern wearers. This model features a retro yet versatile design that can be worn for almost any casual ensembles.

  Vans UltraRange Gore

This high-performance slip-on sneaker delivers sufficient support and comfort that can be worn throughout the day without straining one's feet. This model boasts its lightness and versatile appeal that can be easily matched with almost any attire.

  Vans UltraRange Gore Hi

These high-top Van UltraRange sneakers provide better stability and ankle support compared to 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 up with a relaxed outfit or smart casual attire.

  Vans UltraRange MTE

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

  • The Vans UltraRange has the UltraCush Lite Foam that works as cushioning from heel to toe. This foam is molded with the waffle rubber for that extra comfortable and cushy stride with excellent traction.
  • The seamless inner sock of this sneaker, called the Luxliner, hugs the foot entirely to provide superb comfort.
  • This product approximately weighs 255 grams.
  • Available colorways include black/Dachshund, black/peat, cub/black, and dress blues/black.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.