Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Several users like the use of vivid colors and Peanuts characters printed on the Authentic low-top silhouette.
  • A good number of reviewers say the Vans x Peanuts Authentic are stylish and hip.
  • The Vans Authentic collaboration is lightweight. Many users claimed they use the light printed canvas shoes almost every day.
  • Numerous commenters were impressed by the vintage comic design prints in the Vans x Peanuts Authentic sneaker.
  • Some sneaker fans of the Vans Authentic say the sturdy canvas upper material is of excellent quality.
  • Many commenters posted that despite the thin canvas material the Vans x Peanuts Authentic sneaker is surprisingly comfortable.
  • The vulcanized rubber outsole used in this sneaker has kept the Vans legacy of having durable, and long-lasting shoes.
  • A few users love the vintage comic strip designs as an excellent conversation piece.
  • Some wearers receive a lot of compliments after wearing the sneaker in their daily activities.
  • A couple of buyers think the $85 price tag is reasonable since it is a unique collaborative model with vintage Snoopy and other Peanuts characters as part of the design.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few buyers noticed scuff marks and holes in their low-top shoes after only a few months of use.
  • Some users felt discomfort at the back heel due to the lack of a padded collar that they had to wear thin no-show socks to protect their ankles from rubbing off the canvas material.
  • A significant number of reviewers find the shoe narrow and tight at the sides.
  • A small number of observers say they experience some parts of the sole breaking apart from where it was fused in the upper after a few months of regular use of the low-top footwear.

Bottom line

A few dollars higher than the original Vans Authentic, the $65 collaboration Vans x Peanuts Authentic sneaker comes in an exciting new upper print with all-familiar Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts characters using the illustration of the great Charles M. Schulz from all the way from the 1960s to the 1980s. The iconic shoe retains its vulcanized rubber shoe construction, high-grip waffle soles, and lightweight feel to make this collaborative footwear awaken a sense of nostalgia among its millions of fans.

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Good to know

The Vans x Peanuts Authentic comes in a medium width for men and women with a tad narrow fitting just like the previous Authentic iterations. The collaborative low-top sneaker is kept on lockdown by regular flat lacing with 5-eyelets for men and 4-eyelets for women’s sneakers. Sizes range from 6.5 to 13 for men and 5 to 11.5 for women.

The melange of colors and artworks in the comic strip-designed Vans x Peanuts Authentic gave the collaborative sneaker a refreshing look amidst the backdrop of a more than 50-years-old silhouette. The vivid use of bright colors also provides this low-top sneaker a youthful look that is a popular choice of footwear among the genuine young to the young at heart.

The Vans x Peanuts Authentic gives you a multitude of styling options that it could be the best pair with an earth-toned short, skinny or cropped pants, and tattered jeans without any hitch. With the Vans low-top sneaker’s bright display of colors, one can wear it best during the spring and summer months when a presentation of colors is always a unique way to spice up one’s fashion style.

The iconic Vans Authentic silhouette serves as a backdrop for Charles M. Schulz’s most popular characters from Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang. The Vans x Peanuts Authentic displays them in intense colors giving them a youthful vibe perfect for spring and summer. Bringing them back to the favorite comic strip days, the skate-inspired Authentic is decked in holiday-themed comic strip prints and the memorable dance party scene from the animated TV special ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Retaining the Vans iconic silhouette, the collaborative low-top shoe keeps its vulcanized shoe construction, high grip waffle soles, and lightweight materials.

American skate shoe company Vans was established in Anaheim, California by the Van Doren Brothers. James and Paul Van Doren built their little shop by selling a shoe model with almost minimalist design and function. The Vans Authentic model has remained unchanged since it was released some 50 years ago and has existed since Vans’ first opening. First sold on March 16, 1966, the Vans Authentic sneaker was designed by the shoe firm’s co-founder Paul Van Doren.

Also known as the No. 44 deck shoe, the Authentic has an unassuming layout with the canvas upper and a heavy vulcanized rubber sole. But this minimalism is probably the cause why skateboarders treasured it in the first place. Known for the relaxed style, skateboarders adored the simple silhouette with only the canvas upper varying in colors through the years.

Ever since the skateboarding culture started in the California, Vans shoes seem to be devoted to the expansion of the sport over the years from the Golden State’s skateboarding scene to the rest of the US. While its affection appears to be linked to the evolution of skateboarding culture, the American footwear brand also became widely held in the punk rock generation with the Authentic seemingly becoming a cult favorite in the grunge and punk rock group.

Through the years, with the exponential growth of the Vans brand, the firm started creating several divisions and units like Vans Syndicate, Vans Vault, Vans Off the Wall, among others that have nipped the design of the classic Authentic as part of their growing portfolio. The upper material also had several color blends including the use of new materials like leather, suede, and synthetic leather to suit the rising demands of its millions of fans.

While other equally successful skateboarding shoe designs like the Vans Era, Vans Old Skool, and Vans Classic Slip-on arose after the release of the Authentic, the original sneaker model remains to be in demand almost becoming a part of every skater’s footwear collection signifying its permanence in the company’s shoe catalog. This enormous love for the Vans Authentic is also the reason why the company hardly changed its minimalist design for more than 50 years. It continued to be the same light and sturdy canvas or leather upper and waffle outsole that the skating community has grown to love through the years.

A refreshing new look for the iconic low-top sneaker is the Vans x Peanuts Authentic collaboration. The partnership started way back in the 1980s when the company first collaborated with the famous animated comic strip and animation company led then by the legendary Charles M. Schulz. The Vans company has since been releasing vintage illustrations from the 1960s to the 1980s into Vans classic silhouettes by bringing “Off The Wall” elements into the iconic Peanuts comic strip moments to the animated series. The Vans x Peanuts collaboration involves not only footwear but also apparel and accessories released in retailers and concept stores worldwide.

The Vans x Peanuts collection pays homage to the long-standing relationship between the American shoe company and the beloved characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The latest collection and third installment of the Vans x Peanuts Collection were released June 2017 with several iconic silhouettes like the Authentic, Old Skool, Classic Slip-on, Old Skool V, and SK8-Hi Reissue given the colorful printed Peanuts gang treatment.

  • The vulcanized shoe construction of the iconic Authentic sneaker assures durability as its slimmed-down profile delivers flexibility and lightweight features.
  • Vans label flag on lateral side and rubber branding detail at back heel.
  • Rubber waffle outsole pattern assures of superior grip and traction for the skate-inspired low-top kick.
  • A 5-metal eyelet finish is designed for men’s sneakers, and 4-metal eyelet version is presented for women’s sneakers.
  • Among the celebrities spotted wearing the Vans x Peanuts collection sneakers include Brooklyn Beckham and Lil Wayne.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.