Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool makes a bold statement, plenty of users stated. They loved how the classic gum sole met the sporty Vans design for a sharp and fresh new take on the silhouette.
  • The low-top retro-styled sneaker breaks in easily and is perfect for kicking back because it’s cool and comfy according to many reviewers.
  • Lots of purchasers were delighted with the excellent quality of the Canvas Gum Old Skool. They added that it was beautifully-made, perfectly cut, and uses a very good material for the upper.
  • This low-top lifestyle shoe fits well and is true to size, several buyers commented.
  • A good number of consumers commended the colors of the shoe because they went well with most types of outfit.
  • The shoe is easy to clean, noted some customers.
  • A handful of people reported that the Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool wears well and lasts long, especially the soles.
  • The price of the shoe is reasonable when compared to its value, a few individuals said.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool contains little to no arch support, a few users reported.

Bottom line

The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is a more minimalist yet sharper take on the old classic. The branding is the same shade as the rest of the upper, and the soft canvas material sits on a gum sole that takes you back to the good old days. The sneaker is comfortable with little breaking-in required.

Well-finished, beautifully-cut, and with colors that suit most clothing describe it down to a T. Though some complained about the lack of arch support, most felt that the shoe makes the perfect everyday accessory.

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Good to know

The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is unisex and is available in sizes ranging from boys’ 3.5 to men’s 13. Women who find the look stylish are advised to go down one size and a half from their regular measurement.

The sneaker’s sturdy canvas upper provides some measure of support while a padded collar keeps you in comfort while you go about your daily duties. Lace closures give an adjustable fit.

This retro-inspired footwear has that versatile look that all classics share. It looks good with anything and with or without socks. Men can pair the low-top sneaker with a crisp, white button-up shirt, slim-cut jeans, and a jacket. Women, meanwhile, can match the footwear with plaid leggings and a pretty sweater.

The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is a cleaner and simpler version of the original. The shoe’s minimalist look lends it a more sophisticated and less-than-casual air. However, the style and material used are where the difference ends. The footwear still comes with that trusty Vans Old Skool comfort, flexibility, and durability that has made the iconic shoe still as relevant today as it was 40 odd years ago.

The Canvas Gum Old Skool is designed after one of Vans’ most popular and iconic models, the Old Skool. Debuting as Style number 36, this 1977 release was the first of the Vans models to sport the “jazz stripe” or what is now called as the “sidestripe.” Made of leather, the sidestripe was born out of founder Paul van Doren’s random doodle and now stands as the unmistakable hallmark of the brand.

The Old Skool had a suede and canvas upper, reinforced toecap to withstand wear and tear, waffle outsole for board grip, and padded collar for support.

The silhouette was extremely popular with skateboarders not only because of its durability and performance but because of the design of the shoe, particularly the panels and materials, which allowed for creativity. Skateboarding was then considered as going against the mold or tradition and doodling on, and coloring in the Old Skool footwear was just another form of rebellious yet cool expression.

As a testament to the Old Skool’s enduring appeal, even now,  many Old Skool models  remain highly sought-after. No longer contained to the skateboarding segment of society, the Old Skool has grown into mainstream lifestyle market as well.

  • The Vans Canvas Gum Old Skool is made of a sturdy canvas upper with toe caps that are reinforced to withstand wear and tear. It has a classic gum sole with the signature waffle tread pattern at the bottom for excellent traction.
  • The Canvas Gum Old Skool was released in four colorways—black, ivy green, true white, and eclipse.
Danny McLoughlin
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.