These Vans Authentic SF shoes are unisex, fortunately, because such cool kicks shouldn’t be kept to just one gender. The shoes are sold in sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13 for men and 5 to 14.5 for women with half sizes offered too.
The insoles provided ample arch support according to a few people and are nicely cushioned as well. These are low-top Oxford-style shoes which use a traditional lacing system for adjusting the fit. The shoes reportedly run true to size.
These sneakers have an easygoing and relaxed style that would be perfect for the summer days. For the women, pair your shoes with denim shorts and a boho-chic crop top for a truly beach-y and sunny vibe. For the men, match your Vintage Rio Authentic SFs with long chino shorts and a sleeveless tee. Or, you can don board shorts and a casual button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeves.
There are two things that make Vans Vintage Rio Authentic SF sneakers unique. They have collapsible heel backs that set them apart from your usual run-of-the-mill lifestyle shoes. You can wear them as a regular shoe or as a sandal for any of your casual trips. Their graphic prints are also a refreshing look that’s quite different from the standard solid hues or color-blocked styling of sneakers.
When it comes to tech, the shoes don’t lag either. They feature UltraCush sockliners which reduce weight while improving comfort. These sockliners allow skaters to use sneakers with thin and flexible soles without any worries about getting bruises on the heels. The Pro Vulc Lite construction, meanwhile, provides excellent board feel without sacrificing durability.
Vans Vintage Rio Authentic SF shoes’ history goes way back to the Authentic, one of Vans’ very first shoe models and the most long-lasting one. Authentics began life as #44 Deck Shoes and were introduced to the public in 1966. The grippy soles combined with sturdy uppers attracted skateboarders to the kicks and paved the way for Vans to be known as a skate shoe company.
Fast forward many decades later, the much-loved Authentic shoes are still produced by the company and bought up by the masses. Various iterations have also cropped up including the Vans Authentic SF which remade the classic into a model fit for surfers who’d love a style that can adapt to the beach as well as they do to the urban jungles.
Vintage Rio Authentic SF shoes are a further reimagining of the Authentic SF. Instead of the checkerboard pattern or solid hues of the former, the Vintage Rio version displays an overall print of floral or stripe patterns.
- Vans Vintage Rio Authentic SF shoes are available in three colorways: Stripes/Carnelian, Stripes/Blue, and Blue Sapphire/Carnelian (floral).
- Classic hexagon waffle outsoles accompany the shoes.
- The shoes are dressed in canvas and use only water-based glues and inks.