Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of the reviews state that the Vans C&L Era 59 is a very comfortable shoe.
  • This sneaker is durable and sturdy, based on most shoe users' observations.
  • A few skateboarders commend the shoe's grippy vulc outsole.
  • The shoe's canvas upper provides a breathable fit and adds to its overall comfort, according to many wearers.
  • Several practical consumers admire the shoe's versatile design as it can be worn on numerous occasions and ensembles.
  • Most consumers describe this kick as stylish and cute, with some adding that the leather accents helped boost its style.
  • Some wearers are delighted that they receive compliments whenever they wear this kick out.
  • The Vans C&L Era 59 is considered by a good number of buyers as a good shoe with great value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of testers disclose that this pair has poor arch support.
  • A video reviewer reveals that although it is marketed as a skate shoe, its canvas upper wouldn't last long against the skateboard's grip tape.

Bottom line

Vans infuses leather accents to the vintage Era's all-canvas silhouette, which boosts the pair in the style department. This iteration has a dapper and dressier appeal without straying too far away from the classic design.

Dressed in the same silhouette as its predecessors, it offers a recognizable fit and time-tested comfort that most consumers favor. Despite being marketed as a skate shoe, it is recommended for casual use only to get longer-lasting wear and good value for money.

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Good to know

The C&L Era is crafted from the same canvas upper as its predecessor, providing the same sleek feel. It is a low-top skate design, so the wearer’s ankles get a full range of mobility in each stride. Besides that, it uses a traditional lace-up system to lock the feet in with custom fitting.

With the Era's unassuming design and fun colors, it didn't take long til non-skateboarders took notice. It has become a casual staple being rocked by people of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers and even middle-aged adults. Although rooted in skateboarding, the Era successfully saturated the retail and fashion markets embedding its name as a classic.

The Vans C&L Era 59 retains its predecessor's silhouette offering a classic and time-tested style. Its updated leather accents present a brand-new appeal to the classic profile by lending a more dapper and fancier touch to its overall design. The pair's casual silhouette coupled with the classy leather provided more ways of dressing it. The men could go for the typical casual look by pairing it with jeans and a shirt or dress it up with chinos or suits, while the ladies could sport it with dresses and skirts for a fun yet feminine look.

The Vans C&L Era 59 exudes the same classic style as the original version that has been a wardrobe essential to most. Its leather updates captured the attention of long-time Era fans and vintage sneaker fans alike, as it contributes to an all-new, improved, and more refined look. Moreover, fun patterns adorn the shoe's inner lining that makes for a more interesting and stylish design.

In 1966, a footwear business called the Van Doren Rubber Company was born in Anaheim, California. Brothers Jim Van Doren and Paul Van Doren alongside their partners Gordon Lee and Serge D'Ella spearheaded it. They opened a retail store on March 16, 1966, and introduced their first shoe model called the Vans #44 Deck Shoe, known today as the Vans Authentic. The company originally planned to manufacture casual beach shoes but later became aware of a growing clientele composed of skateboarders from the Santa Monica and Venice area.

Skateboarders from the 70s claimed that they preferred the Vans Authentic shoes for its grippy rubber outsole, as boards during that time didn't have grip tapes yet. Vans responded to the clamor by releasing a shoe in the same silhouette as the Vans Authentic but enhanced for the demands of the sport. Designed by Z-Boys skaters Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, this new pair boasts a padded collar for comfort and new color combinations for added style. Introduced in 1976, the pair was initially named the Vans #95 and later changed to Vans Era.

Vans Era is the first skateboarding shoe ever made and inevitably became the choice of footwear amongst 70s skateboarders. But skaters during that time noticed that the Era lacked personality and didn't reflect skate culture, Vans acted accordingly by adding the "Off The Wall" heel counter and releasing it in two-tone colorways. The blue and red colorway became identified with the Dog Town Crew, a group of teenage surfers that pioneered skateboarding, which boosted the Era to legendary status. Since then Vans became an established name and became known as a manufacturer of skateboard shoes.

Different brands and designers have put their own twist on the Era's clean and simple design with collaborators including Supreme, Fear Of God, and Undercover. Aside from these partnerships, Vans has been consistently releasing a stream of different Era reimaginings. One of these is the Vans C&L Era 59, which infused leather to the Era's all-canvas upper and comes in fun printed inner linings.

  • The C&L in this pair's name stands for Canvas and Leather.'
  • The Vans C&L Era 59 is also available in a denim reiteration.
  • The difference between the Vans Era and the Vans Era 59 is that the 59' has a leather patch located in the shoe's rear part near the Achilles area.


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