Size and fit

Wrapped with suede and canvas, the low-top Vans Old Skool Mule offers breathability. Coming with a flexible body, this unisex sneaker runs a half size smaller than the customary Vans Old Skool sneaker. This mule shoe works as a slip-on that has an elastic band affixed under its tongue, granting a snug fit. 

Vans Old Skool Mule Style

Are you like Korea’s sensational K-pop artist G-Dragon who’s fond of folding the rear edge of your sneaker to make it appear like a slip-on? Vans adopted this concept, cut off the collar of the Old Skool, and came up with a fun mule sneaker that reveals your Achilles heel. Emerging like a slip-on, the low-top Vans Old Skool Mule is the most easy-to-wear variation of the iconic skate model. This design still embodies the laidback SoCal lifestyle which is appropriate for casual day-to-day affairs as it fuses smartly with leggings, tapered tracksuits, joggers, cargo pants, capris, shorts, maxi dresses.

Notable Features

What makes the Vans Old Skool Mule exceptional is its low collar height, making it the most easy-to-wear version of the Old Skool. Slashing down the collar height of sneakers isn’t a new practice in Van's world. This method was earlier carried out with a performance shoe, the Vans Steve Caballero, that led to the drop of another functional skatewear the Half Cab. The edgy Vans Old Skool Mule grants comfort, flexibility, and durability which makes it a preferred sneaker all year long.

Vans Old Skool Mule History

Before the Vans Old Skool became a street fashion staple, received durable leather and suede covering, or transformed into a mule sneaker, this silhouette was once regarded as a dependable skate shoe, exclusively used for cruising and cascading down the streets under its original name, the Style 36.

Debuted in 1977, the Van Doren brothers, makers of the Vans sneakers, stirred up a skate shoe that marked Vans’ first departure from its deck shoe, the Vans Authentic. The skateboarding shoe, which was later coined the Old Skool, displayed for the first time the curvy strip of leather snaking along its side walls. This Sidestripe design, formerly named the Jazz stripe, was spun from a doodle concept created by Paul Van Doren. The Old Skool eventually turned out to be one of the trailblazing skate shoe designs by Vans.

In the subsequent decades, the Old Skool gradually slipped into the sneaker world and became one of the most preferred footwear for street styling. The versatility of its design motivated the makers of Vans to experiment on the shoe’s structure, explicitly slashing off a portion around the collar, thus leading to the introduction of a fresh and upbeat low-top concept, known as the Vans Old Skool Mule.

Additional Info

  • Suede toughens the toecap, heel, and lace hole areas of the Vans Old Skool Mule.
  • This sneaker has six pairs of lace holes without metal eyelets.
  • It comes with a textured toe bumper.
  • On the flipside, this sneaker features the signature Vans rubber waffle outsole.
  • Influential K-Pop artist Kwon Ji-Yong, better known as G-Dragon, has been caught wearing and folding the back of his Vans sneakers many times, thus creating the GD fashion. As earlier reported, this habit of his led Vans Korea in creating a mule sneaker version of the Old Skool.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Old Skool
Style: Mule
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole / Fabric

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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.