On July 6, Vans celebrated the shoe premiere of the new TNT Advanced Prototype at the house of Vans in London. We were there for you to get some impressions and to test whether the new skate shoe from Vans lives up to its promise.
Tony Trujillo and Vans have been going hand in hand for 20 years and this milestone wants to be celebrated with a new TNT shoe in three different colourways. The official premiere took place at the House of Vans and skaters from all over the world came for the event.
The doors and tunnels of the House of Vans were open to everyone, but before it really started, people were served burritos, tacos and beer – For free of course. For an informative press conference about the TNT Advanced Prototype, Tony Trujillo and the guys from the Canadian Skateboarding podcast series “The Bunt” were flown into town.
After the event, we tested the new Vans TNT Advanced Prototype to get you the first impression.
VANS TNT ADVANCED PROTOTYPE Wear Test
The recipe for success “Vans x Tony Trujillo” exists since 1997. The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype has not withheld product design. This updated version of the classic skate shoe is equipped with an UltraCush Lite 3D footbed, reinforced Duracap and a material mix that combines ventilation and durability. To guarantee the highest level of safety when jumping high gaps and stairs, the famous Waffle sole from Vans has also been redesigned.
Fit & Board Feel
The first time you slip into the shoe, you realize that it’s not Vans’ first skate shoe. As far as product development is concerned, Costa Mesa surpassed itself once again. The TNT Advanced Prototype makes a solid impression from the front to the back. High quality material, coupled with innovative technology.
The UltraCush Lite 3D footbed combines light-footedness with responsiveness, ensuring cushioning, boardfeel and heel support at its finest, thanks to a heel-shaped heel clip. Paired with the new highly functional Waffle tread pattern and the advanced Waffle sole, it creates a broken-in feel right from the start. In short – Skate it right out of the box.
The fact that there is plenty of high-tech in this shoe becomes clear when you step onto the board for the first time. The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype delivers board feel and breathability en masse. Just a little more stability at the sides would have been nice.
Vans develops skate shoes since 1966. You can feel that with the TNT Advanced Prototype shoe. The reinforced Duracap & rubber upper material is not particularly susceptible to fresh griptapes. The Waffle sole also makes a very robust impression. Even after about 15 hours on the board, the shoe is still in good shape.
The Vans TNT Advanced Prototype shoe comes with an incredibly good cushioning, massive grip and offers plenty of durability. Vans proves once again that they are still at the top of the “Skate Shoe Champions League”. But remember all those improved technologies come with a price tag. The TNT Advanced Prototype is available in three different colourways – so there should be something for everyone. That’s right, the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype is a skate shoe through and through – by skaters for skaters.
- UltraCush Lite 3D Footbed
- good processing
- price tag