Who should buy the Vans C&L Era 59

Vans C&L was born as a response to skateboarders from the 70s who prefer shoes under Vans and was enhanced for the demands of the sport. This is a must-buy if you want:

Vans C&L Era 59 logo

Vans C&L Era 59 Style

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 fun yet feminine look.

Vans C&L Era 59 upper

Low-top design

It has a low-top skate design, so the wearer’s ankles get a full range of mobility in each stride.

Vans C&L Era 59 collar

Traditional lace-up system

It uses a traditional lace-up system to lock the feet in with custom fitting.

Vans C&L Era 59 laces

Vans C&L Era 59 History

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. 

Vans C&L Era 59 outsole

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.

Vans C&L Era 59 lining

Different brands and designers have put their own twist on the Era's clean and simple design with collaborators. 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.

Vans C&L Era 59 midsole

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Minimalist, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Era
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Vulc Sole, EVA, Leather, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring

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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.