Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the wearers attested that the low-top is true to its size
  • The Vans Washed Canvas Authentic felt comfortable as commented by many.
  • A significant number of purchasers find the sneaker’s simplistic design stylish.
  • One commenter is stoked about the dark grey colorway and its gum soles as it makes the shoe among the most long-wearing sneakers one can have.
  • Few people stated that it feels lightweight.
  • Some Vans Authentic fans are eager to buy another pair because of its quality and the colorways this model is offering.   
  • It goes well with dark colored clothing and semi-formal attire, according to some.
  • A few mentioned that it could be worn for long hours without experiencing pain in the heel and toe.
  • This sneaker is priced at $55.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some unsatisfied consumers expressed their frustration because the shoe’s color faded quickly after cleaning.
  • The sneaker's soles wore out faster than expected as per one buyer.

Bottom line

As one of the marquee skate shoes, the Vans Authentic aesthetic remains in style ever since its release half a century ago. Vans intends to keep the classic low-top available to the public with its recent update, the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic. Maintaining the qualities of its original model but also introducing sleek color schemes, it wouldn’t be surprising if one would secure more than just a single pair of this affordable shoe.

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Good to know

For sneaker fans or casuals who are interested in purchasing a pair, the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic is available in US men's sizes from 4 to 14 medium width. Women need to subtract one and a half size from their usual size to get their correct measurement. Most of the wearers attested that this low-top is true to its size.

Similar to the original model, the canvas upper of the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic delivers comfort while the lace-up construction provides a secure fit.

Showcasing distinct color schemes to the vintage low-top, the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic offers a laidback look in addition to its style and function. As a proven commodity to the public for several decades, it wouldn’t be strange for many people of all ages not to recognize the minimalistic appeal of this sneaker.   

Pairing the shoe with jeans, shorts or even trousers will bring out the best of one’s throwback street-style fashion. As a testament to its versatility, consumers of all ages will find the unisex shoe suitable for numerous casual ensembles.

One may notice that the trademark jazz stripe is missing, and an almost non-existent branding, but those do not take away from what makes this classic low-top a must-own pair. Its construction and color schemes allow the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic to blend seamlessly with various types of clothing.

Vans has established itself as arguably the most popular skate sneaker brand in the world. It all started in 1966 when siblings James and Paul Van Doren built their small shop in Anaheim, California. Their goal was to produce shoes that display minimal design but packed with functions for skaters and casuals alike. As one of the earliest Vans sneakers made available, the Authentic model witnessed the growth of the company.

The Authentic was initially labeled as #44 deck shoe, possessing a simple construction with a canvas upper and a vulcanized thick rubber sole. Its minimalistic approach made the skateboarders more drawn to it. Throughout its history, Vans was consistently changing just the canvas upper’s colors, but everything else stayed the same, much to the satisfaction of the sneaker fans.

With the popularity of the skateboarding increasing, Vans became part of the rise too. This led to the further success of the brand, establishing new labels such as Vans Syndicate, Vault, Off the Wall, LXI, and Vans California. All of these labels adopted parts of the classic Authentic's design, but with different materials for the upper. As the company expected, these new labels reached a level of success. 

Vans has a number of successful models like the Vans Era and Vans Old Skool, but the simple charm of the Authentic makes it stand out from the rest. It is considered a staple in every skater’s closet because of its functionality and its design that looks well with their getup. A modern reiteration which was released in 2014, the Vans Washed Canvas Authentic has gained praises due to its similar qualities with the original.     

  • The gum-colored trademark rubber waffle outsoles on this shoe offer traction on or off the skate.


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