Size and fit

The Vans UltraRange Rapidweld is a sneaker designed to tackle different scenarios around the world. Its unparalleled lightweight comfort is granted by the combination of an upgraded UltraCush™ midsole and a LuxLiner sock-like construction that is created to fit like a sock with no seams for optimum pleasure.

The sneaker maintains the standard lace fastening system of its predecessors. It’s available in both men's and women's sizes.

Vans UltraRange Rapidweld Style

A sneaker that is built in an all-around theme would inevitably coincide with almost every article of clothing. Whether it’s board shorts for beaches or pants for casual streetwear, the Vans UltraRange Rapidweld is designed to harness style in its low profile form. The Vans women’s UltraRange Rapidweld can be sported in sundresses and skirts too.

With an Old Skool-patterned image, the sneaker proudly showcases the ubiquitous Sidestripe in emphasized tones. Welded overlays help obtain the sleekest appeal for the sneaker.

Notable Features

At first glance, one can notice the protruding reverse waffle lugs on the outsole of the sneaker. The Rapidweld upper displays a seamless, streamlined look with infused Sidestripe and overlays that retains the classic appeal. Mesh panels provide outright breathability that is complemented by the LuxLiner interior for a glove-like fit.

The processing of the sneaker is also a new one for Vans as it is constructed with Pro Lite Vulc, a lighter alternative to standard vulcanizing materials.

Vans UltraRange Rapidweld History

After decades of staying true to its roots, Vans realized that they have to expand its classic threshold and produce a sneaker that emits a sense of rad in all sorts of aspects. In 2017, Vans released their new shoe line called the Vans UltraRange which from the name itself, can be worn in a wide range of activities from trek trails to the office or from going bar-hopping to outrageously parkouring on streets.

The concept of the shoe revolved around the idea that surfers, who are most inclined with Vans sneakers, needed an on-the-go shoe for all their activities and travels. As we all know, chasing the right waves and decent weather is not a fixed phenomenon in this ever-changing world and surfers have adapted to that lifestyle. But this rigorous shift from soil to concrete cannot be withstood by an ordinary Vans Old Skool. The UltraRange does the trick.

There are a handful of iterations in the UltraRange collection which include the UltraRange, UltraRange Gore, UltraRange Mesh, the Vans UltraRange Pro, and the UltraRange Rapidweld. They expanded the range to cater to different personal specifications for a more intimate feel.

The UltraRange Rapidweld by Vans was the one responsible for the creation of other versions of the UltraRange. Its waffle lug tread is reversed to enhance grip and traction on different surfaces. Lightweight cushioning and comfort come from the UltraCush™ Lite foam blended with the LuxLiner Sock-fit construction of its interior that has zero seams to limit rubbing.

The all-around sneaker was introduced to its silhouette-starved fans in February of 2018 which is almost just in time for celebrating Valentine’s Day. The moniker “Rapidweld” itself comes from the nature of the footwear’s construction which utilizes a stitchless assembly promoting flexibility. The cleatie-construction also contributes in a significant way regarding its general lightweight.

Approaching mid-2018, Vans replenished the Rapidweld’s grace in the footwear zeitgeist by collaborating with one of their in-house surf pros. The dainty Vans UltraRange Rapidweld oozes from the women’s-centric collection with Leila Hurst along with apparel and other footwear including the Sk8-Hi. The capsule was intended for the upcoming summer as accentuated by the palm-printed black dress which incidentally takes a nod to Hurst’s Hawaiian origin.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker utilizes water-based inks and glues.
  • The LuxLiner cleatie construction has a seamless lining to reduce weight, minimize rubbing, and eliminate hot spots.
  • Other materials included in the sneaker are textile, suede, mesh, and synthetic components.
  • The reverse waffle lugged outsole is co-molded to reduce the use of glue and radiate a pristine finish.

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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.