Size and fit

The Vans Rowley is available in men’s and women’s sizing. The shoe’s low-top silhouette allows the skateboarders to move their ankle freely as they perform their flips. It has the traditional lacing system that keeps the foot securely lockdown. 

The upper has perforations at the toe area and below the Sidestripe for sufficient foot breathability. With vulc construction, it delivers flexibility and excellent board feel. It has a padded tongue for added support. Also, it has padded EVA insole for cushioning and impact protection.

Vans Rowley Style

The low-top Vans Rowley has a suede or leather upper with a synthetic leather overlay, providing a classic look and retro vibe. It shows much of its traditional tooling. Some of its colorways are:

  • Parisian Night/Racing Red
  • Blue/Grey
  • Black/Red
  • Black/Black
  • Grape Leaf/Zebra
  • True White/Gum

The Rowley Classic by Vans has a lacing system with reinforced stitching. Like other Vans sneakers, it has a vulcanized outsole with the waffle tread pattern that provides an excellent grip.  

More than just a functional shoe for skates, it is also versatile and trendy enough to complete several outfits for casual occasions. It can be paired with cargo pants, denim shorts, and distressed denim jeans, among others. Since it is a unisex sneaker, it also looks good with denim skirts and other feminine casual clothing.

Notable Features

The Vans Rowley Classic 66/99/19 is a skate shoe that offers a retro look and modern functionality. It features a pro vulc construction for skateboarders to enjoy excellent board feel, flexibility, and a superior grip when they execute their tricks and flips. Also, it highlights the double-overlaid toe cap, Ollie, and reinforced heel area for enhanced durability.

Vans Rowley History

Vans Rowley was initially introduced in 1999. The brand partnered with an influential professional skateboarder named Geoff Rowley, who pioneered a go-for-broke style and significant technical tricks. They aimed to create footwear that can provide durability and style. 

In 2007, the Rowley shoes were taken off the shelf temporarily because of some production problems. They were not able to deliver the performance that they were expected to provide. Therefore, Vans made technical updates to bring them up to speed. After the issue was fixed, the Rowley Pro was relaunched in 2017.

In 2019, the Vans Rowley Classic 66/99/19 was reissued in celebrating the shoe’s 20th anniversary. Built with Duracap reinforcement, it ensures superior durability that can combat skateboarding abuse.  

Nice to know

  • Geoff Rowley is a professional skateboarder from Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Vans and Rowley call out is accented on the tongue. 
  • Depending on the colorway, it may come with rubber or gum outsoles. 
  • It showcases “66/99” on the heels, which stands for the year where Vans was founded, and the shoe was released initially while the “19” stands for the year of the latest reissue.  

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Geoff Rowley
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Gum Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer

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