Size and fit

Fit & Sizing  

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Pro turns up with a generally true to size fit. Since this pro version is engineered with a removable UltraCush HD inner sole, which is thick on the heel, some broad footed wearers opted to go a half size higher to enjoy sufficient wiggle room. This unisex kick is available in sizes 6.5 to13 US and 5 to 14.5 US for the men’s and women’s respectively.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Pro Style

The traditional low-top Old Skool gets funkier with fully retro checkerboard attire that’s ready to get hurled up with the addition of tech features. Aptly labeled the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Pro, this revamped style wows avid riders who needed a foot gear that matches the abrasiveness of street skating and keeps them styled up even when they’re off their boardsThis skate shoe puts a charming contrast to a pair of light-toned tee or hoodie baring prints that match the dominant checkerboard shade. 

Notable Features

Vans’ low-top Checkerboard Old Skool Pro, a modified version of the skate classic, is laden with supportive, durable, and resilient features which make it of better quality than the traditional Old Skool. Fittingly classified as a pro, this skateboarding sneaker is integrated with comfortable UltraCush HD sockliner granting high level of impact cushioning, as well as an enduring Duracap rubber underlay that strengthens the upper with its ability to withstand the toughest demands.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Pro History

The vibrant history of the Vans checkerboard pattern was inspired by the Southern Californian spirit from the late 1970s. During that time, Vans sneakers are considered a natural canvas for creativity that it was a common practice among SoCal kids to customize their shoes to express their individuality. Some were seen sketching black and white square patterns on the side profiles of their Vans sneakers.  

The Van Doren brothers replicated the concept and conceived waffle-soled footwear named the Vans Style 48 in 1977 showcasing, no less, the checkerboard print. This sneaker, later known as the Classic Slip-On, was warmly welcomed by a ballooning number of skaters back then. This checkerboard sneaker garnered even stronger footing when it surfaced in the 1980s film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, starred by real-life skater Sean Penn.  

A couple of decades later, Vans revisited the timeless checkered style and incorporated it into the brand’s iconic silhouettes, including the 1977 Old Skool. This two-toned square pattern that has been an enduring symbol of Vans was also incorporated into the pro edition of the Old Skool, particularly labeled as the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Pro.  

Additional Info

  • This sneaker comes with an extra set of laces. 
  • The rubber perimeter at the bottom is built with a single-wrap foxing tape. 
  • Underneath the Vans tag, stitched on the lateral side, is a Pro label. 
  •  “Off the Wall” branding is attached on the heel.  

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.