Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers agreed that the Vans Skulls Old Skool is a comfortable pair.
  • Several purchasers commended the sneaker’s excellent quality in materials and craftsmanship.
  • This shoe fits true to size, according to most shoe users’ opinions.
  • Plenty of consumers liked the fact that it is stylishly versatile and could be paired with almost any casual outfit.
  • The Vans Skulls Old Skool was most coveted for its addition of skull graphic across the midfoot, which most purchasers trendy.
  • A couple of wearers were delighted that they receive compliments because of this kick.
  • The sneaker’s iconic silhouette was very nostalgic for some respondents.
  • Launched at $60, the shoe is considered by plenty of buyers as a great product with excellent value for money.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some shoe users griped about the Vans Skulls Old Skool’s tongue sliding down onto one side.

Bottom line

Rooted in the original Old Skool’s iconic silhouette and reputable comfort, the Vans Skulls Old Skool amps it up in the style department with the addition of edgy skull graphic. Emblazoned with the emblem of anything hardcore, the graphic adds a touch of rock and roll and punk to the classic sneaker giving off an edgy vibe.

Consumers deem this iteration as a fresh rendition on the classic kick’s time-tested reputation and a more contemporary alternative to the plain uppers of the original.

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Good to know

The Vans Skulls Old Skool is available in both men and women’s sizes. The men’s sizes range from 3.5 to 13 while the ladies can choose from sizes 5 to 14.5. This sneaker fits true to size, based on most of the reviewers’ feedback. It utilizes the traditional lace-up closure system for a lockdown fit.

The Old Skool's iconic design comes clad with edgy skulls that's emblazoned across its midfoot panel. It stays faithful to its predecessor's versatile and simple aesthetic by retaining its original construction while adding a rebellious hint to it through classic skull graphics resulting in an eye-catching appeal.

Its low-top profile and neutral colorway make for easy pairing with a multitude of casual ensembles. The guys can pair it with joggers and a shirt for a laidback casual look, while the ladies can match it with leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts for a more feminine outfit.

Long-time fans of the Old Skool were attracted to this kick due to its unaltered construction and original colorway. From the mix of canvas and suede for its upper to the vulcanized soles and the classic rubber waffle outsoles, the low-top Vans Skulls Old Skool remains true to its lineage. However, the skull graphic lured newer sneakers fans and punk, rock and metal enthusiasts alike.

Initially called the "Style 36" when it was introduced in 1977, the Vans Old Skool has since been recognized as one of the brand's most iconic model. It is the company's first leather-crafted skate shoe and the first design to incorporate the Sidestripe logo, which appealed to most skaters for its durability and versatility.

In the 80s, the DIY trend swept youth culture, and the Old Skool proved to be the perfect shoe to express their creativity on due to its multiple panels. Fast-forward to the 90s the shoe became the footwear of choice of many when Julia Roberts was spotted wearing it in the movie Notting Hill.

Since then plenty of versions and style of the Old Skool have been released. One of them is the Vans Skulls Old Skool. The shoe retains the original silhouette and features an edgy addition via skull graphics in the midfoot panel that runs until the collar. It is solely available in one colorway: Black / True White.

  • The shoe is available in Medium width.
  • Its padded collar provides added cushioning and comfort.
  • Reinforced toecaps offer durability against abrasions and tears.
  • It features cushioned insoles for in-step comfort.
  • The vulcanized sole provides great board feel, while the waffle outsoles offer excellent grip.
  • The brand’s Slip-On and SK8-Hi silhouettes also don the same skull graphic design.


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