The Vans 25th Half Cab Pro features an upgraded skate style heritage with a combination of suede and canvas on the upper and a single-wrap foxing tape for enhanced durability. However, what makes this rendition even more special are the small details that give a nod to Steve Caballero and his skateboarding legacy.
On the heel is an “XXV” stitch detailing, which represents the silhouette’s 25th anniversary. The Half Cab brandings on the side panels and tongue, on the other hand, received an upgrade. From the printed Half Cab logos, this particular version displays leather tabs with embossed Half Cab logos. Performance-wise, this shoe, like the original Half Cab Pro model, features DURACAP reinforcement rubber underlays in high wear areas for extra durability.
Vans 25Th Half Cab Pro History
Back in 1992, legendary skate icon Steve Caballero partnered up with Vans to design a mid-top skate shoe called the Half Cab. It was based on Caballero’s first signature skate shoe that released in 1988, the Vans Steve Caballero.
The Vans Steve Caballero is a padded high-top skate shoe with supreme cushioning and protection that skaters need for their feet when skating. Because of its features, the shoe became a favorite staple in skate parks for some years. However, after some time, the Steve Caballero shoe's popularity came with an interesting fact – skaters have been modifying their pairs by cutting and slashing the collar then sealing it off with duct tape for increased freedom of movement and improved quick flip tricks. Such gave birth to the idea of bringing life to the Vans Half Cab shoe.
The Half Cab eventually reached a “best skate shoe ever produced” status. It features a mid-top construction with padded collar, suede uppers with double stitching, and a vulcanized Vans signature waffle outsole. Completing its look is the Half-Cab brand patch on the sides.
In 2007, the Vans Half Cab model received an upgrade for improved performance through the Vans Half Cab Pro. Vans ditched the vulcanized waffle outsole of the Half Cab and replaced it with a cupsole for enhanced impact cushioning, additional support, and grip.
2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Vans Half Cab shoe. To commemorate the momentous event, Vans released the Vans 25th Half Cab Pro. It comes with the original design of the Half Cab Pro with a durable suede upper, double-stitched toe cap, reinforcements on high wear areas, a mesh tongue, Ultracush HD insoles, and a sufficiently padded collar. A nod to the celebration is Half Cab leather tabs on the side panels and tongue, as well as the "XXV" print on the heel.