Who should buy the Vans Style 36

The Style 36 is a must-have for those who:

  • are fans of skateboarding culture 
  • need a simple yet stylish shoe
  • like something that is similar to the timeless Vans Old Skool
  • are looking to start a sneaker collection
  • sneakerheads who are financially savvy

Who should NOT buy it

Those who need a sneaker to wear all day long and have no issues with blisters would be better off with Vans UltraRange. And if you want extra cush and padding in your shoes, check the Vans Kyle Walker Pro.

Comfort that you can count on

Verified buyers are praising the comfort that the Style 36 offers. Although it’s not using any new technology on the midsole, it still grants the comfort that any shoe lover craves. As one of them puts it, “I didn't expect the ultra Cush but I love them. Immediately they were comfy.”

One shoe for different vibes

Dress it up or dress it down, you can’t go wrong with Style 36. Fashionistas are loving the versatility that the shoe provides, with one of them saying, “I love this type of sneakers, feels comfortable and match with everything you wear.”

Simple yet stylish

Get ready for the attention that you will get from wearing the Style 36. According to some users, the simplicity of the shoe is one of its greatest features. One fan even stated, “I get compliments on them all the time!” whenever he rocks the sneakers.

Beware of blisters 

There’s no question that the Style 36 offers superb comfort. But some critics lamented that prolonged wear of the sneaker gave them blisters. One of them complained that "[he] definitely had some blisters for a while because of the leather on the back of the shoes."

The lack of arch support might be disappointing

The Style 36 does check a lot of boxes for sneakerheads, but some noticed that it needs to improve its arch support. One of them even gives a tip to the future buyers: "make sure you put in arch support insoles."

The fit is just right 

A large number of people who bought the Style 36 complimented the shoe on its fit. “Fits amazingly”, “fits perfectly” and “they fit great!” are some of the compliments regarding the shoe. It is safe to say that true to size is the way to go.

One of the most reasonably priced sneakers out there

For its price and availability, the Style 36 is one of the best value-for-money sneakers on the market, with many owners planning to buy their second pair already. One of them boldly claimed, "I've only had them for a few days and will be buying another pair to put away for the future."

With sneaker prices going up in cost, the Style 36 is on par with the average low-top skate shoe available on the market. When it comes to skate shoes specifically, the average price is $75. The Vans Style 36 turns out to be a nice surprise given its $65 asking price. And that’s not to mention that it can eventually be purchased with a discount!

Pure grip, no slip

The grip is very important when it comes to skateboarding. That’s why skaters appreciate the good grip and board feel that the Style 36 gives. The shoe's gum sole and a waffle pattern outsole ease the mind of its wearer from slippage. One of them noted, “Rubber outsole with signature waffle tread provides superior grip and board feel.”

It is made to last

The Style 36 is constructed with durability in mind. One expert said, “With a canvas and suede upper, so it’s gonna be durable and long-lasting” This is important, especially for skaters who will undoubtedly beat these shoes up.

The origin of the iconic side stripe

People may not be aware of it, but the first Vans shoe that featured the iconic side stripe was the Style 36 in 1977. It was even called the "jazz stripe" back in the day. Now the side stripe logo is synonymous with the Vans brand itself.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Lace Type: Flat lace

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Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.