Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: The Vans Ward feels very comfy to wear, according to numerous reviewers.
  • Timeless: Many buyers like that this sneaker has a classic look.
  • Support: Similar to other skate sneakers, this kick provides ample foothold, a few wearers have cited,
  • Maintenance: This sneaker is easy to care for; many buyers have vouched.
  • Durable: This pair from Vans lasts longer than their usual sneakers, numerous reviewers have mentioned.
  • Versatile: It can be used on several occasions, from school to light skateboarding sessions, some have shared.
  • Affordable: The Vans Ward is one of the cheap sneakers available in the market. 

1 reasons not to buy

  • Break-in: According to several reviewers, it took them a bit longer to feel comfortable wearing the Vans Ward.

Bottom line

The Vans Ward seamlessly blended classic style and comfort, making it an excellent addition to your everyday sneaker rotation. Without hurting your budget, this kick offers durability and versatility essential when looking for a street-style sneaker. However, if you need out-of-the-box cozy footwear, the Vans Ward may not be the one as it needs a bit longer break-in period. 

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Vans Ward: A classic skate-inspired sneaker

The Vans Ward features a look inspired by one of the most iconic Vans sneakers, the Vans Old Skool. This vulcanized sneaker is covered with suede and canvas upper inserted with ample cushioning for added comfort. Underfoot is the vulcanized rubber outsole that provides superb grip and flexibility.

Vans Ward vs Vans Old Skool

These sneakers virtually look identical. They both feel comfortable on the streets and the skateboards. But if you like to know what makes these sneakers different from each other, we have come up with a shortlist of their subtle differences:

  • The end of the eyestays of the Old Skool is stitched under the suede toebox. While in the Ward, the eyestays are extended and stitched over the toebox.
  • The Vans Old Skool has stitching under the jazz stripe, while the Ward does not have.
  • Near the collar, the hem on the Ward stays above the jazz stripe. Meanwhile, in the Old Skool, the stitching dips into the jazz stripe.
  • Unlike the Old Skool which does not have any tag on the tongue, the Vans Ward has a Vans tag.
  • The Ward has wide-gapped stitching on the heel, whereas the Old Skool has seams with way narrower gap. 


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