Who should buy the Vans Chukka Low

The Vans Chukka Low is as classic and timeless-looking as it is enduring. You're part of its target crowd if:

  • You wish to nail those tricks while wearing a simple tee and loose-fitting pants for comfort.
  • You want to rock it casually in slim jeans, a sweater, and a leather jacket.
  • A pair with a relaxed fit is what you're looking for.
  • Boardfeel and multi-surface grip are high on your sneaker priority list.
  • Highly affordable sneakers, especially those that last for months, excite you.

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Who should not buy it

Check out the Vans Old Skool instead if you like shoes that need little time to break in fully. Also, skip the Chukka Low and look in the direction of the Vans SK8-Mid if you need better support overall.

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Pampered feet in the Chukka Low

The comfort level of the Vans Chukka Low is beyond satisfactory, numerous reviewers say. That said, its comfiest state has to be earned, as the shoe has a slightly longer break-in period than other Vans kicks.

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Heightened sensitivity underfoot

Sneakerheads in droves commend the design of this low-top casual shoe, stating that it gives a “real skater feel,” thanks to its mighty responsive sole unit.

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Among Vans' tougher sneakers

According to many, the Vans Chukka Low has a solid construction and lasts a long time when used casually or for easy skating sessions.

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Lacks midfoot security

This skate-inspired sneaker has been reported to lack support around the arch.

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The Vans Chukka Low's roomy confines

A considerable number of people, including broad-footed ones, are happy with the accommodating fit of the Chukka Low.

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Impressively grippy

This low-top kick from Vans provides more than enough grip on the board and man-made surfaces. Its sticking prowess also makes the Chukka Low a competent driving sneaker.

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Bends to your will

Skaters are impressed with the Vans Chukka Low's flexibility. They say that the shoe bends and twists just right, making it “great for longboarding.”

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Won't hurt your wallet

With its initial asking price of $65, the Chukka Low is a compelling starter shoe for entry-level skaters.

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The Vans Chukka Low in history

The Vans Chukka Low is a shoe inspired by Vans classic shoes such as the Authentic and the Chukka Cleat. It was designed in 2006 in collaboration with the amateur skating team of Vans. The shoe takes on the look of the Chukka Cleat with the upper’s design and raised vamp, while the sole and low-cut profile comes from the Authentic.

Listed as one of the most iconic Vans models, the Chukka Low has been released in a variety of finishes such as brushed denim, canvas, and suede. The model has also figured in many collaborations, including one with game giant, Nintendo, featuring Mario characters in a checkerboard layout or a Bomb-Omb print.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Gum Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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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.