Size and fit

The Vans Canvas Old Skool sneaker is a unisex silhouette. The sole of this silhouette is flat to give a good board feel for skaters. However, people who need arch support will be glad to know that the shoe can accommodate inserts.

Vans Canvas Old Skool Style

The Canvas Old Skool sneaker by Vans is an easy shoe to style. For women who want to keep it casual, skinny black jeans and a knotted tee with your Vans footwear will look perfect for mall browsing or getaways with friends. Men can match their sneakers with regular fit jeans, a tee, and a leather jacket.  

Notable Features

The Vans Canvas Old Skool has a sweet style that most sneaker lovers would be proud to add to their collection. The vintage design echoes the classic Old Skool that is now a staple in most people’s wardrobes. This shoe is further notable because along with its timeless appeal, it is also one highly functional footwear with good shock-absorbing features, a sturdy upper, and a sticky outsole that gives good traction on most surfaces.

Vans Canvas Old Skool History

The Canvas Old Skool gets much of its design elements from the brand’s classic Old Skool, then known as Style number 36, which debuted in 1977. The Old Skool was the first Vans shoe to use leather (in the side panels). It was also the footwear that introduced the world to Paul van Doren’s humble doodle which we now know today as the Vans side stripe. Shoes from Vans never looked back since then.

The Old Skool was popular—and still is—due to its effortless comfort and durable performance as a skate shoe. In fact, when the year 2016 rolled around, the shoe’s increasing presence on sneaker lovers was approaching Stan Smith levels. It was so in-demand that by the fall of that year, it became one of Vans’ highest-selling models globally.

The silhouette now has different Old Skool iterations including a Lite version, which features UltraCush sockliners and a lightweight fit, an MTE edition with water-repellant Tec Tuff finish, and the canvas variation which has full canvas uppers.

Additional Info

  • The Vans Canvas Old Skool features a durable canvas upper, padded collar, lace-up closure, and Vans’ signature waffle tread on a vulcanized outsole.

Facts / Specs

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

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.