Size and fit

The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is unisex and is available in sizes ranging from boys’ 3.5 to men’s 13. Women who find the look stylish are advised to go down one size and a half from their regular measurement.

The sneaker’s sturdy canvas upper provides some measure of support while a padded collar keeps you in comfort while you go about your daily duties. Lace closures give an adjustable fit.

Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool Style

This retro-inspired footwear has that versatile look that all classics share. It looks good with anything and with or without socks. Men can pair the low-top sneaker with a crisp, white button-up shirt, slim-cut jeans, and a jacket. Women, meanwhile, can match the footwear with plaid leggings and a pretty sweater.

Notable Features

The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is a cleaner and simpler version of the original. The shoe’s minimalist look lends it a more sophisticated and less-than-casual air. However, the style and material used are where the difference ends. The footwear still comes with that trusty Vans Old Skool comfort, flexibility, and durability that has made the iconic shoe still as relevant today as it was 40 odd years ago.

Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool History

The Canvas Gum Old Skool is designed after one of Vans’ most popular and iconic models, the Old Skool. Debuting as Style number 36, this 1977 release was the first of the Vans models to sport the “jazz stripe” or what is now called as the “sidestripe.” Made of leather, the sidestripe was born out of founder Paul van Doren’s random doodle and now stands as the unmistakable hallmark of the brand.

The Old Skool had a suede and canvas upper, reinforced toecap to withstand wear and tear, waffle outsole for board grip, and padded collar for support.

The silhouette was extremely popular with skateboarders not only because of its durability and performance but because of the design of the shoe, particularly the panels and materials, which allowed for creativity. Skateboarding was then considered as going against the mold or tradition and doodling on, and coloring in the Old Skool footwear was just another form of rebellious yet cool expression.

As a testament to the Old Skool’s enduring appeal, even now,  many Old Skool models  remain highly sought-after. No longer contained to the skateboarding segment of society, the Old Skool has grown into mainstream lifestyle market as well.

Additional Info

  • The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is made of a sturdy canvas upper with toe caps that are reinforced to withstand wear and tear. It has a classic gum sole with the signature waffle tread pattern at the bottom for excellent traction.
  • The Canvas Gum Old Skool was released in four colorways—black, ivy green, true white, and eclipse.


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