Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The number one thing most reviewers agreed on when it came to the Vans Canvas Old Skool is how comfortable it is. 
  • The shoe has a fresh and clean look that many purchasers loved. They also liked how easily you can pair the low-top sneaker with most outfits.
  • Plenty of purchasers reported receiving compliments on their choice of kick.
  • A good number of buyers were happy about the wide selection of colorways for this Vans model.
  • According to several testers, the Vans Canvas Old Skool is extremely versatile with a flat sole that gives great board feel and a better flick. For those who don’t skate and want a comfier feel, the shoe can easily accommodate inserts.
  • The quality of the low-top Vans sneaker is top-notch, some users said.
  • The Vans Canvas Old Skool provides a good fit, a few people reported.
  • The casual sneaker runs true-to-size according to a handful of persons.
  • A couple of individuals commended the low-top lifestyle shoe for its durability.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers complained that the white colorway of the sneaker tends to turn yellow after you wash it or if it gets wet then dries. 
  • A few people reported that the Vans Canvas Old Skool sneaker needs breaking in. 
  • Some buyers were disappointed with the white colorway of the low-top casual sneaker. They stated that it was more off-white or cream than true white.
  • Two people were not pleased that the shoe creased at the top on the first day of wear.

Bottom line

The Vans Canvas Old Skool carries much of the DNA of that legendary skate footwear—the classic Old Skool. The newer silhouette features a more modern appeal and fresher look. The sneaker’s allure is boosted further by the great selection of colorways available, the top-notch quality, perfect fit and sizing, and comfortable feel.

The shoe comes with a few weaknesses, however. The low-top footwear’s white colorway tends to turn yellow permanently after a wash. The breaking-in period can also be quite uncomfortable for the first few days of wear.

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Good to know

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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


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