We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several users were appreciative of the subtle floral design of this sneaker.
  • Many wearers found the Vans Checker Floral Old Skool to be comfortable enough to wear all day.
  • This shoe can be worn with almost any casual outfit, as mentioned in a lot of reviews.
  • Based on a few comments, this Vans Old Skool kick does not need breaking in.
  • A couple of fans mentioned that this sneaker is of good quality.
  • One reviewer was happy about the reasonable price of this kick.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some noticed that this sneaker runs small.
  • A few were disappointed because the insole was not removable because they would have wanted to replace it with a more cushioned one.
  • The leather on the back of this shoe annoyed one owner because it caused blisters in the heel.

Bottom line

The Vans Checker Floral Old Skool lived up to its main model’s reputation of providing a comfortable ride and stylish appeal. The embroidered design on the side is a welcome feature that is not found on the Checker Old Skool. Also, fans were happy that they can wear the sneaker with just about anything.

However, it is important to note that this shoe runs small and it does not have a removable insole. In spite of these, the Old Skool Vans kick is not bad for its quality and price.


Base model: Vans Old Skool
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard
Price: $65
Colorways: Black
Special editions: 36 special editions
Small True to size Large
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The Checker Floral Old Skool is offered in unisex sizing. Women can choose from sizes 5 to 11 while men choose from sizes 3.5 to 9.5. Because this shoe runs small, it is best to go a size bigger or to try on the shoe if it has the right fit.

The main attraction for this shoe is the checkered side stripe with floral embroidery detailing on the lateral side. It is stylish yet not overpowering the overall aesthetic of the shoe. It looks great with black leggings, tattered jeans, or cropped pants. The Vans Wmns Old Skool Checker Floral in black also works well with or without socks.  

A part of the Vans lifestyle sneaker lineup, this shoe features a durable canvas and suede upper with a lightly padded tongue and leather-lined collar. It also has the signature waffle tread pattern on the outsole for better grip.

Vans is a sneaker manufacturing company that was formerly known as The Vans Doren Rubber Company. It was founded by Paul Van Doren in Anaheim, California in March 1966. Equipped with his shoe knowledge from his previous job, Van Doren set out to start his own sneaker brand with his brother Jim Van Doren and business associate Serge D’Elia.

It took the company almost a year to set up operations using old machinery. On their first day, Vans received orders from 12 customers for their deck shoes, which are now referred to as the Authentic. These customers were given the option to choose their desired styles and colors. They were then asked to pick up their shoes in the afternoon.

Their original shoes were engineered with a diamond tread. Unfortunately, it was not good for the shoe’s durability. Because of this, they added vertical lines to enhance the tread’s strength, grip, and friction. This tread pattern is officially called the “waffle-sole." Also, these shoes were made of Duck Canvas #10, and their soles were two times as thick as the soles of their contemporaries.

Vans shoes were popular amongst skateboarders. They also work heavily with the surfing and snowboarding markets. Their popularity began to increase with the re-introduction of their iconic slip-on sneakers in a Universal Studios movie, Fast Times.

In the early 1980s, the company expanded to basketball, running, and breakdancing shoes. Sadly, the expansion did not work out the way it was expected to. Instead, it led the company to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Fortunately, the company was able to pay off all their debts after a few years. Soon, they started sponsoring events and engaging in television broadcast deals as well as long-term partnerships with well-known personalities and brands.

  Rise of the Vans Old Skool and the Checker Floral iteration

The Vans Old Skool series was born sometime in 1977. It was the first ever skate shoe to use panels that are made of leather in order to enhance its durability. The unmistakable hallmark of the brand, which is now known as the Side Stripe, was first introduced in the Old Skool models.

An updated version of this iconic silhouette comes in the form of the Vans Checker Floral Old Skool. It is dressed with a checkered print on its side stripe and embellished with an embroidered detail.

  • The Vans Checker Floral Old Skool has a vulcanized construction for a shock absorbing board feel.
  • It has a canvas-lined, non-removable sockliner.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.