The (comfier, redesigned) iconic classic.

In case you've been under a rock since 1966, the Vans Authentic shoe is one of contemporary skate culture's most infamous designs. But recently, Vans redesigned the ol' standby—creating the Authentic Lite—which enhances flexibility, lowers weight, and generally ups the comfort level for a whole new generation of rippers to appreciate. Utilizing the UltraCush liner and extra heel cushioning (for clearing those rowdy staircases), the Lite enables Vans' core skate demographic to more-fully appreciate and use the Authentic in an action-sport context .  

  • A Vans classic redesigned for utility, comfort
  • Extra heel cushion absorbs jarring impacts
  • Lighter weight means more air in your ollie
  • Iconic rubber waffle sole assures good grip
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  • Q & A

super light weight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

I got these in the fallen rock color and they are a bit lighter than as picture on the sight. still a good looking color. fit true to size. Very soft/squishy inner soles

Great, but they're not the classics.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11.0

These are great lightweight shoes. They hold up on the street but not so much on smoother surfaces. Material used in the sole is definitely different that what's used on the classic authentics.

first time getting the lites

    haven't worn em much since the feel cheap. Probably only wear em to the river.