Verdict from 6.5 hours of research from the internet

44 users: 4.7 / 5

7 reasons to buy

  • The design of this Vans skate shoe is appreciated by most reviewers.
  • Several of the skaters have confirmed that the Vans Berle Pro provides a good amount of support on the board.
  • Many have highlighted the WaffleControl insole because it gives ample comfort.
  • Traction on and off the board is confirmed by a couple of wearers.
  • The break-in period, as per a few buyers, is almost non-existent.
  • According to other commenters, the Berle Pro could be matched with almost any clothes.
  • A regular Nike SB shoe buyer has shared that he will only buy Vans shoes from now because of this footwear’s overall features.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers are not fans of the shoe because according to them, the durability is mediocre.
  • Pebbles and other small materials have a tendency to get stuck on the waffle outsole, as per one purchaser. 

Bottom line

As the first signature shoe of pro skater Elijah Berle, the Vans Berle Pro is set to impress. Exhibiting the essentials on feet or the board, most have showered it with praise for being versatile and comfortable. By also having a reliable grip, it wouldn’t be hard to consider the low-top as a go-to shoe.

However, others have indicated that this Vans shoe does not have the greatest durability. Still, the Berle Pro is a good addition to anyone’s shoe rack.

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The low-top Vans Berle Pro is a unisex shoe. Similar to a plethora of Vans skate sneakers, it features a regular lace-up closure that provides a snug or loose fit, which depends on the user. Many have implied that its break-in period could be over in one use.

Looking on the exterior, this model looks like a typical Vans Old Skool sneaker. But, what makes it a tad different is that instead of the usual canvas, this model has a leather upper with suede overlays. While the construction of the Vans Berle Pro is primarily for function, the modest aesthetic allows it to blend naturally with most casual clothes. The colorways released so far are essentially two-toned.

Due to its low-top compact profile and basic colors, the sneaker can be worn by skaters and casual wearers. From skating up to holiday trips, going with the Vans Berle Pro is as sensible as it gets.

The Vans Berle Pro boasts the WaffleControl technology at the insole, which is the primary reason for its excellent board feel and underfoot comfort.  It has a Duracap-reinforced upper that provides toe protection. The waffle outsole can be relied on for an optimal grip.

Santa Monica in California is considered by most as a marquee landmark in skateboarding culture. Modern skateboarding, as we know it, took shape in this Los Angeles coastal city. Regarded as the “breeding ground” of skaters, it is no surprise that Santa Monica is home to numerous popular ones. Among the latest offsprings of this “skate” city is Elijah Berle.

Berle’s path to relevancy in the skating world is not a walk in the park. As a kid, he had to endure the gentrification in Santa Monica that made it difficult for locals such as himself to live by. Frequent visits to the park have sparked Berle’s passion for skating. Soon, he was sufficiently recognizable by the community that Vans offered him an endorsement deal in 2019 to have his line of signature shoes. The first model released is the Vans Berle Pro.

  • Black/black/white, pewter/mango mojito, and black/white are its available colorways.
  • $80 is the regular price of the Vans Berle Pro.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.