Who should buy the Vans Velvet Old Skool

This sporty Vans sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with a padded collar for added cushioning and comfort
  • You are after a sneaker with a reinforced toecap for enhanced durability

Vans Velvet Old Skool Shoe logo

Style of the Vans Velvet Old Skool

The Old Skool's famous silhouette dressed in lush velvet makes for a street kick exuding an elegant and high-end look. Let its buttery texture add oomph to your casual ensemble as you rock the popular skate style of Vans with your everyday staples such as jeans, leggings, and shorts. Ladies can match the kick's leisurely softness with a lovely dress or skirt for an added touch of femininity to your outfit.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Midsole

Notable Features

Apart from the shoe's well-known silhouette, this iteration's most striking feature is its smooth velvet upper. Its eye-catching, silky sheen and fluffy texture are hard to miss and could help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. A Vans classic leather side stripe and black midsole are complementing the stylish upper balancing the shoe's overall design by highlighting the luscious velvet upper.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Laces

History of the Vans Velvet Old Skool

The Vans Old Skool is one of the most run-after pairs today due to its simplicity, affordability, style simplicity, and cultural connotation. But before its acclaimed reputation, the Old Skool started out as being called the Style 36. Debuted in 1977, the kick was the brand's first skate shoe that incorporated leather panels and the now famous Vans Sidestripe logo. Skaters marveled at the Old Skool for its ultra-grippy outsoles that stuck onto that time's grip tape-less skateboards.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Outsole

The 80s saw a DIY trend and became a decade that's heavy in customization. Vans took note and sparked an interest in people to express their creativity through shoes. The brand made available an endless array of the Old Skool's material parts and people used this as an expression of their personality.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Toebox

As the 90s progressed the Old Skool slowly achieved its legendary status as different personalities were seen rocking a pair. From pro skaters to punk rock stars and hip-hop heads, the kick appealed to the countercultural stars. Aside from this, the brand's highlight of the decade was linking with the skateboard brand Supreme. The collaboration marked the start of a long-lasting partnership.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Heel

In the years to come, countless Old Skool iterations have been made through the years. One of the many versions is the Vans Velvet Old Skool, which displays a festive-looking upper crafted from crushed velvet uppers. Its fluffy and glowing aesthetic comes in a number of colorways that are easy to dress.

Vans Velvet Old Skool Collar

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, Velvet / Fabric
Season: Spring, Fall

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