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How to tell fake vans from the genuine ones.

Updated on May 12, 2012

How do you tell the differences between a fake and legitimate Vans shoes?

You know when your item on the market is doing great when it's being duplicated and fake ones are made. People are scammed into buying these products and you might need help finding if they're genuine.

Vans are definitely one of the best and popular shoes out there for skating. They're reasonably comfortable and have great grip but lets see how you can detect the differences between the fake and the genuine ones.

There are 5 ways to tell if the Vans shoes you have are genuine.

I remember back in the day when I got scammed into buying fake vans. It was a horrible mistake! And now I'm going to make sure you won't be tricked into it too.

1. The price of the shoes

If the shoes were cheap, or below $40 there's definitely a catch unless you bought it at a legitimate vans store, I wouldn't trust anyone selling it for $40 unless it was at a Vans store. Don't buy them on ebay or in someone's trunk. Those ways of buying have the highest risks of landing yourself a fake pair. Have a look out for these cheap remakes and their prices. They're tempting but not worth the time and discomfort!

2. Trademark

The back of the shoe, where the heel is has "Vans Shoes" written at the back as the trademark. Sometimes people forget the most distinctive aspect of the shoes!

A fabric tag on the side of the shoe, just below the laces, is also common on Vans shoes. There is always a print inside the shoe that says Vans.

The bending of the toe
The bending of the toe

3. The angle of the toes of the shoes

Have a look at the toes of the shoe. If they don't bend up you know there's something wrong. Van's shoes are known for their flexibility of the toe area because of importance of the toe area when skating.

Like in the photo here, you can see the top of the toes are bend slightly.

4. Quality of the vans

Check the quality of the stitches and the side of the shoes. If the stitches seem like they're going to fall off and the rubber are just going to melt and slip off there's a problem with the manufacturing, probably because they're faked and cheaply made.

The bottom of the show should also have a unique pattern. For most of the sole, the bottom will be in diamond shapes but where the toes are in the shoe, it will have the hexagon shape.

The bottoms should look like the ones in the picture.

5. Asking the Vans company

You can ask the Vans company itself. They have an email address that you can send photos of the shoe to to let them see if it matches the shoes you have. Send your email to, and their toll-free number is 1-800-826-7800. And if you don't have a camera, you can also write to them and include a regular photo and send it with a letter to:

VANS, Inc.

Attn: Customer Service

15700 Shoemaker Ave.

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      Here is a nice Fake vs Real overview:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have just leaed something I did not no that but my brother got me them and they aint fake soo

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Vans have a bunch of different soles

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My sole is different to the proper vans sole :/ help !

      Every thing else that you said my shoes have they're perfect just the sole is different help ! Please

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      daedric 5 years ago

      Good tips am a vans fan myself, thanks!