Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers were pleasantly surprised with the Vans Chima Ferguson Pro's superb comfort brought by the UltraCush Lite insole.
  • The shoe is available in a wide variety of colors and printed uppers.
  • Most of the consumers found the kick to fit true to size.
  • A high number of shoe users said they would recommend this shoe to anyone.
  • Plenty of purchasers appreciate the Vans Chima Ferguson Pro's lightweight yet durable construction.
  • Some practical customers loved that the pair is versatile enough to pair with almost any outfit.
  • Plenty of reviewers liked the kick's vintage skate style combined with stylish colorways.
  • A few commenters were happy that it came with an extra pair of laces.
  • A good number of buyers commended the shoe's affordable price point.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe users disclosed that the shoe feels stiff and takes a while to break in.
  • The unpadded tongue tends to dig on top of the foot, according to a few commenters.
  • Several wearers said that the kick wears out quickly.

Bottom line

Fashioned after classic Vans skate shoes, the Chima Ferguson Pro is a signature model that features a number of upgrades spearheaded by a professional skateboarder with the same name. It has a simple and timeless design that would look great in a multitude of ensembles, while an UltraCush insole and a DuraCap-fused upper provide comfort and durability respectively.

However, its downside is its soles tend to fall apart quite quickly even when not used in skateboarding.

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Good to know

The Vans Chima Ferguson Pro is a unisex shoe that is fortunately available in a wide range of sizes. The sizes for women range from 5 to 14.5 while the men's sizes stretch from 6 to 13. The reported stiff upper material is said to feel narrow than expected but eventually breaks in after some time. Finally, the lace closure allows users to adjust the fit accordingly.

The Vans Chima Ferguson Pro has a classic skate shoe design that is simple and laid back making it easy to style. No matter what color or print you decide to go for, the shoe would look great with jeans, shorts, or joggers. Make sure to keep your outfit monochrome or plain if you chose bright colorways or printed ones. Users were also seen dressing it up with chinos and a polo shirt for guys or dresses and skirts for the ladies.

Built with a canvas upper, this kick offers a lightweight and breathable fit that comes in various colors and prints. The shoe's upper also features the brand's Duracap technology that provides durability and reinforcements, especially in high wear areas. An UltraCush Lite sockliner offers added comfort, cushioning, and impact protection. All these sit atop a Vulc Lite sole construction that reduces weight and increases responsiveness.

Launched in 1966, Vans (formerly known as the Van Doren Rubber Company) was founded by brothers Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren with their business partners Gordon Lee and Serge D'Ella. The brand started out as a retail business that created casual Vans shoes, but a skateboarding clientele took notice and started to grow due to their grippy waffle outsoles. Vans answered skaters' clamor by creating more shoes that provided essential features of great skateboarding kicks.

From then on Vans became known as a brand that's rooted in skateboarding. The brand sponsored numerous pro skateboarders to help in designing and marketing their shoes. One of the many pro shoe models is the low-top Vans Chima Ferguson Pro, a signature model made in partnership with the brand's Australian team rider Chima Ferguson.

Hailing from Sydney, Ferguson is known for performing difficult tricks and makes them look easy and effortless. His laidback style naturally translates to his collaborative collection with Vans. Apart from footwear, Ferguson and Vans also released hats, shorts, and tees as part of their on-going partnership.

  • The Vans Chima Ferguson Pro is available in Medium width.
  • It is also available in gum soles.


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