Who should buy the Vans Old Skool 36 DX

The Vans Old Skool 36 DX is perfect for those who:

  • Are Vans fans who want to experience a product that gives a peek into its history
  • Are interested in Old Skools that give off a premium vibe because of the materials used
  • Want stylish chunky sneakers that you can wear all day.

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Who should not buy it

Consider the base Vans Old Skool if you want to save up quite a bit, it’s also more widely available and has a large number of colorways to choose from. The Vans Old Skool Platform may also work better for you if you want an even chunkier sole with a significantly lower price.

The Vans Old Skool 36 DX: A glimpse into Vans history

Coming from the success of the Vans Old Skool line, this sneaker includes elements that provide a vintage feel to its wearers. One fan says its off-white color gives a “factory old-school” vibe, while another mentions that it also makes it “extremely easy to pair with a lot of clothes” since true white can “come off as a little bit too sporty and pristine.”

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In addition, it includes more design elements that keep close to its roots, including its hang tag that pays tribute to the first Vans factory in Anaheim and its original style number tag on the back of the tongue. There were also other improvements such as the use of “heavyweight” cotton white laces as opposed to flat laces in the regular.

Immortalizing a classic

Wearers love how it retains the best of the original silhouette while still adding a few touches. One of them said its silhouette “never gets old,” while another says it is “even chunkier than the regular Old Skool.” Yet another loves them for the high number of compliments they receive because of the sneakers.

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With the aesthetic versatility that it inherited from the original Old Skool, fans love how hard these sneakers go with their outfits. They mention they are great with a pair of jeans, chino pants, shorts, skirts, joggers, and dresses, among others.

Premium-feeling to its core

An Old Skool loyalist who has been wearing the sneaker for 10 years has said they were “slightly different from the classic ones, is strangely softer and more comfortable.”

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A sneakerhead described the differences that they felt, saying that there is extra padding in the tongue and the leather quality in the collar “isn’t bad at all.” Another fan says “the suede is a lot better than what you get with regular Old Skools” while the “canvas is a lot better than regular canvas.”

Is a beast among daily beaters

A heavy wearer of the sneaker said “I could wear these for a good solid day and my feet wouldn’t hurt,” while somebody who used their pair for more than 8 hours said, “I did not hurt my feet.” 

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A tester loved the use of the UltraCush here versus the cushioning of the base Old Skools, saying “comfort between the two because of the footbed is night and day.” Furthermore, a tester noticed the higher rubber foxing and a more substantial rubber toe cap, saying it “gives them a more chunky appearance and also makes them more durable.”

The Vans Old Skool 36 DX is an investment

The Vans Old Skool 36 DX retails at $80, which is significantly higher than that of the base Vans Old Skool sneaker at $60. However, one reviewer thinks of them as the “king of low-tops” just like how the Chuck 70 High Top is for high-top sneakers. In this regard, they say “just like the Chuck 70s, I think they are a worthy investment.”

A look back at the origins of the Vans Old Skool 36 DX

One of the most distinguished pieces from Vans, the Old Skool silhouette was initially released in 1977. It was also the one that debuted the brand's signature Sidestripe. Originally, it was known as the "Style 36" and it was the first shoe to combine the leather material into its upper structure.

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The Old Skool made a solid reputation in the streets, and throughout the years, it has witnessed a variety of modifications. Among these versions is the Vans Old Skool 36 DX from the Vans Anaheim Factory collection. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans UltraCush, Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, Gum Sole, EVA / Fabric

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