Size and fit

With availability to both gender’s sizing, men and women can get to enjoy these athlete-inspired sneakers. Given that these are narrow-bodied shoes, one may need to go half a size up if  they have wide toes. Luckily, half sizes are also offered for these sneakers. The lace-up closure system gives one the option to adjust the shoe’s fit to one’s preference, providing a more personalized and secured fit. 

Vans UltraRange AC Style

Furthering the purpose of modern design cues and without complications with technology, the construction of the UltraRange AC is about getting the basics right and putting all the elements together with just the right amounts. This perfect hybrid between sneaker and Vans skateboard style features versatility wherever one’s adventure will go. With a classy, well-made mesh-knit and durable synthetic suede uppers, the sheer amount of ventilation keeps the feet fresh and also reduces the feeling of tiredness.   

The Vans UltraRange AC sneakers provide a clean aesthetic with athletic-inspired style one can enjoy anytime of the year, but are perfect for all things summer. Vans’ iconic thick outsole is retained on the UltraRange silhouette. The available colorways for these sneakers are in neutral color combinations such as  chipmunk/marshmallow, black/ebony, laurel/oak. With a minimal and cool design, these Vans shoes can be easily styled. For a casual ensemble, casual pieces such as leggings, jeans, denim, cuffed joggers or cropped pants go well with tops like plain shirts, flannel pieces and hoodies. One can also go for a sporty and adventure-inspired style. 

Notable Features

Constructed for faster motion and energetic activities, the UltraRange AC is extremely lightweight due to the knit-mesh and suede uppers that are breathable and tread lightly as one wears them for hours on end. The UltraCush Lite insole is a low-profile foam sockliner that is also ultralight and features responsive cushioning for an all-day wearability and comfort, additionally providing a natural fit and ride.

With a LuxLiner bootie construction, it further improves the comfort and fit of the UltraRange AC by allowing the shoe to be similar to and move with the foot’s shape while providing great feedback on how well one’s feet lands. Furthermore, it is constructed with seamless internals for an elevated fit. It is also a free-floating liner that is an extension of the shoe’s tongue, concealed under the front surface and is fit to move independently from the outer shell.   

Moreover, the durable and legendary reverse waffle lug tread rubber outsole is lightweight and provides excellent traction. The pattern of the outsole is super grippy and tough that’s built for wherever one’s trying to get to. 

Vans UltraRange AC History

In 1966, two brothers named Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren established The Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California. But before Vans became Vans it had quite a history. Paul Van Doren decided to take on the challenge of starting a new sneaker brand with also a new concept. He partnered with his brother Jim and their long-time business associate Serge D’Elia. All three moved their families to Southern California and set up the operation of the new brand in Anaheim. It took almost a year to put together the self-reliant shoe factory. 

And on March 15, 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company began producing their uniquely conceptualized shoes. The first and original Vans were designed with a diamond tread. However, this proved detrimental to longevity, so Vans decided to add vertical lines in the tread to increase strength, friction, and grip. This new tread was then officially named the "waffle-sole." Later on, in 1995, Vans stopped manufacturing in the U.S. and started manufacturing offshore in factories primarily in Asia.

The brand’s iconic trademark are skateboarding shoes and other types of sneakers catering towards youth who engage in extreme sports.  Today, Vans decisively works in the surfing, training, hiking, skateboarding, snowboarding, urban and punk markets. One of the athlete-inspired creations of the skating brand is the Vans UltraRange AC. Inspired by insights from professional athletes, the UltraRange AC features comfort and versatility wherever adventure leads.

Nice to know

  • The durable co-molded rubber mini-lug outsoles to reduce glue and improve finishing.
  • Vans UltraRange AC is also constructed with water-based inks and glues.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans UltraRange
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Vans Ultrarange, Vans UltraCush
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Knit, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.