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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $65
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Vans x Marvel Authentic History

Vans and Marvel shares a vivid history of creative expression and originality. These two entities joined forces to launch its largest collection of collaborative products to date. To celebrate the iconic superheroes of the famous Marvel universe, Vans released a collection of co-branded sneakers, clothing, and accessories. This collaboration features a massive collection of more than 70 styles for fans of all ages.

The Vans Authentic has been on the brand's shoe catalog for a long time, as it had become an indispensable part of any skater’s or anyone’s outfit. It has been consistently in demand since its initial release, proving that its modest style is timeless. Due to the popularity of the Vans Authentic to the skaters or casual crowd, its design has been consistently the same for more than half a century.

With this collaboration from Marvel, this version of Authentic showcases a refreshing throwback vibe. The Vans x Marvel Authentic is available in two variants, Marvel Heads and Marvel Women.

The other sneakers from this collaborations are Vans x Marvel Slip-On, Van x Marvel Old Skool, and Vans x Marvel SK8-Hi, which all features different beloved heroes from their respective comic book franchises. The Van x Marvel collection was released on June 2018 at retailers and online shops.  

Vans x Marvel Authentic Style

The classic Vans Authentic has always been a staple on many people’s closets due to its versatile design. For the low-top Vans x Marvel Authentic, the ever-popular Marvel characters that are visible all over the sneaker rejuvenates the charm of the beloved vintage sneaker. Classic faces of superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Black Widow are exhibited on the Vans x Marvel Heads Authentic. For the Van x Marvel Women Authentic, a black and white illustration of Marvel heroines are displayed.

Similar to the original model and its subsequent variations, the Vans x Marvel Authentic is a seamless match for a myriad of casual dresses. Pair this sneaker with shorts and a Marvel shirt for a sleek Marvel theme outfit.

Fit & Sizing

The Vans x Marvel Authentic is available for both US men's and women's sizes. For the ladies, sizes start from 5 to 14.5 while for the gentlemen, it can be purchased from 7 to 13. Some have commented that it runs larger than the regular size. Fit the sneakers first before buying or if ordering online, be aware of the return policy.

The traditional lace-up offers a secure wear while its sturdy canvas upper delivers a breathable fit.

Notable Features

For reliable traction, the Vans x Marvel Authentic has the signature rubber gum outsole which is similar to other Authentic models. The EVA sole provides all-day comfort and cushioning.   

Additional Info

  • The two variants of the Vans x Marvel Authentic is priced for only $65 at its official site.
  • Insoles for both are in red with the logos of Vans and Marvel visible.

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