Product Spotlight - Vans AVE 2.0 Knit Skate Shoes

By Dan Bunn


Take a closer look at the latest skate shoe from Vans, the AVE 2.0 Knit, a cutting-edge, high-tech pro shoe for one of the best to ever do it.

Following on from the ultra-popular and equally high-tech Vans AVE Pro shoe, the AVE 2.0 Knit builds on the legacy of this iconic pro model and adds yet another layer of technological advancement, resulting in one of the most impressive Vans shoes we've seen to date. While Vans skate shoes are most commonly associated with lo-fi classics like the Era, Authentic and Sk8-Hi, the AVE 2.0 Knit takes things in a different direction with a load of cutting edge technology to guarantee next level performance.

This new state-of-the-art Vans shoe celebrates the talent and dedication of one of skateboarding's most legendary figures: 2015 Skater of the Year winner, Anthony Van Engelen. From his early days skating for Alien Workshop and DC to his more recent acclaim founding the cult skate brand Fucking Awesome alonside long-time teammate Jason Dill, AVE is a bonafide skateboarding legend whose influence goes far beyond his accomplishments on four wheels - and the new Vans AVE 2.0 Knit is testament to that.


In contrast to AVE's no-nonsense, salt of the earth, blue collar skating, Vans have gone all out on the tech for the AVE 2.0 Knit, resulting in one of the most technically impressive shoe we've seen in years. The AVE 2.0 Knit gives mid-2010s era DC a run for their money.

As the name suggests, the Vans AVE 2.0 Knit features a multi-density, technical knit construction - reminiscent of Nike Flyknit and Adidas Primeknit - with zonal areas focussing on flexibility at the top of the foot and collar, denser knit areas for structure and durability as well as open knit areas for breathability.

Vans AVE 2.0 Knit Skate Shoe

For even more longevity, the technical knit upper of the AVE 2.0 Knit is coupled with Vans new RapidWeld suede around the forefoot and eyestay, with its seamless, no-sew construction guaranteeing long-lasting durability. This is then further backed up by TPU reinforcements for an extra layer of protection in case you eventually break through the suede.

Where the AVE 2.0 Knit really gets interesting is with its unique sock-like fit which helps lock your feet in for ultimate comfort and responsiveness, which is then doubled up with laces to dial in the perfect fit. But you don't have to worry about the laces ripping as the shoe features a lower eyestay that's reinforced with RapidWeld suede to help keep your laces out of harms way.

Vans AVE 2.0 Knit Skate Shoe

Working in tandem with the high-tech upper, the Vans AVE 2.0 Knit also features an equally sophisticated cupsole construction, making use of all the latest tech the Vans laboratory has to offer.

The sole of the AVE 2.0 Knit features Vans' signature UltimateWaffle construction, offering the perfect combination of their SickStick waffle grip, midfoot support and UltraCush cushioning for ultimate comfort and impact protection without sacrificing boardfeel.

Vans AVE 2.0 Knit Skate Shoe

As if that's not high-tech enough, the SickStick outsole of the AVE 2.0 Knit also features a zonal warped waffle tread that's denser in high-wear areas for extra durability and more open in the forefoot and heel to promote flexibility and dampening while ensuring optimal boardfeel.

Likewise, the UltimateWaffle construction is backed up by a full-length, molded UltraCush midsole for even more comfort and impact protection. This is then further supported by a TPU midfoot cage, which wraps around the midsole to provide additional support and stability in the midfoot and heel to help lock your feet in and prevent ankle rolls.

Vans AVE 2.0 Knit Skate Shoe

To match the high-tech construction, the Vans AVE 2.0 Knit comes in a sleek Cream colourway with white knit and cream RapidWeld suede alongside a cream sole. Further adding to this futuristic look, the AVE 2.0 Knit features a unique, stylized side stripe for a fresh take on Vans' iconic logo as well as a clear midfoot, exposing the fluorescent midsole for a nice bit of colour. The AVE 2.0 Knit is without a doubt one of the most advanced skate shoes on the market and it's safe to say it looks as good as it skates!

That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to browse the full range of Vans skate shoes at CSC. Or, find out more about the latest skate product on the CSC Blog. Safe.