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Vans Rata shoes

Vansrata_1 I never thought I’d mention Vans on this site – their oversized wide trainers are everything that isn’t smart. So it’s something of a surprise to see the company putting their name to a rather smart throwback shoe that has takes more than a little nod to classic Clarks’ design – the Vans Rata shoe.

In fact, you wonder of Vans are having second thoughts about bringing out the shoe – there’s nothing on their website about them, so we’ll let you know that they feature suede uppers (3 shades – though we have seen some in a soft leather too), a rubber sole and a contrasting tartan inner.

As far as I know (and I’d love you to correct me) they’re not available in the UK, but are available, usually discounted, in the US and on eBay. For example, Swell in the US is selling them for $35 (£19). Even adding the shipping, that’s a giveaway price.

Find out more at the Swell website

  • Richard

    With all due respect, not all Vans trainers are wide and oversized. For example the Era model, which is similar to the PF Flyers shoe recently featured on here. Quintessential California cool and sported by the early Dog Town skaters. The words “old” and “school” comes to mind.

  • DC

    Can someone please tell me where I can find the Vans Rata shoes!! I’ve been looking for them everywhere! I can’t find them in Swell!
    Help me please!
    Thanks!

  • Mark

    I used to have a pair of these killers kicks, but I wore them constantly and the soles eventually fell off. Never knew the name of the shoe until now. But guys, i got these shoes at an outlet mall near long island going toward East hamptons. Don’t remember the name of it.