Size and fit

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Platform retains its older sibling’s original construction offering a familiar and consistent fit. Most consumers reported that the platform update did not affect the fit of the shoe and remains true to size. If anything, some users were pleasantly surprised that this kick provided more cushioning and support because of its chunkier sole.

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Platform Style

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Platform is a retro sneaker with a touch of avant-garde taste. Equipped with a beefier sole, the shoe lends a subtle yet significantly unique look to the Old Skool’s iconic silhouette. The combination of an unchanged vintage upper and a taller-looking sole provides versatility and a stylish focal point to your outfit.

This low-top lifestyle sneaker could easily be incorporated into most ensembles. The guys could match it with jeans, joggers, or shorts for a chill day, while the ladies could opt for skirts, dresses, or leggings for a more feminine look.

Notable Features

Displaying the Old Skool's iconic Jazz stripe, upper design, and signature Checkerboard print, it offers time-tested and recognizable good looks that have been coveted by most consumers. However, this shoe's main feature is its thicker midsole and taller height, which several reviewers love for making them look slender than normal without losing the superb comfort that sneakers offer.

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Platform History

Considered as one of the most popular Vans silhouettes up to this day the Vans Old Skool is sought after due to its versatility and cultural significance. Introduced in 1977 as the Style #36, the sneaker was the brand's first skate shoe to display the now iconic Jazz stripe logo and feature a leather upper.

The 80s and the 90s were transformational years for the brand. The youth in the 80s started a DIY trend to highlight expression and individualism. Upon seeing the trend slowly saturate the market, Vans rolled out countless Old Skool models bathed in various colors and crafted from different materials. And as the years progressed into the 90s, the sneaker became more and more popular and slowly achieved mainstream success. Thanks to pro skaters, hip-hop stars and punk rock personalities who constantly rock a pair, the Old Skool had become a symbol of counterculture and youth.

Today, the Old Skool is available in an endless array of iterations and maintains the same level of success and popularity. One of its many versions is the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Platform, which displays an elevated design through a thicker sole. It is available in two colorways: Black and White Checkered and Black and Pink Dogwood Checkered.

Additional Info

  • The upper is made from a combination of canvas and suede materials.
  • Padded collars provide added cushioning and comfort.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Checkerboard Old Skool
Style: Platform, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard, Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA / Fabric

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