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Collection: Vans Lifestyle Shoes
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Verdict from 6.7 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of reviewers applauded the Vans Chima Pro 2 for being comfortable both on and off the board.
  • It is very well-made based on most of the purchasers’ opinions.
  • The sneaker’s traditional vulcanized sole provides excellent board feel, others noted.
  • Almost all the respondents adored this shoe’s simple and classic style.
  • Most testers attested to the pair’s outstanding durability.
  • Plenty of skaters commended the updated UltraCush Lite 3D insole as it offers superior impact protection and cushioning.
  • The pair runs true to size, a number of testers confirmed.
  • Some wearers praised the shoe’s versatility in both function and style.
  • Most buyers think that it is a great product with excellent value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers complained about how fast the colors faded.
  • Some shoe users with high arches found the kick’s collar to be too low.

Bottom line

The second installation of its range, the Vans Chima Pro 2 builds on the original Ferguson model's blueprint by adding more Duracap in high wear areas and utilizing the brand's all-new UltraCush Lite 3D sockliner which features added reinforcements in the heel area.

Designed for skateboarding purposes, this shoe undoubtedly packs a punch functionality-wise while its sleek design is equally brilliant as it offers versatility and timelessness. Despite some minor issues its durability, simple style, impact protection, comfort, grippy outsoles, and affordability seem to supersede these issues.

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The Vans Chima Pro 2 is a unisex skate shoe that’s available in both men and women’s sizes. Men’s sizes range from 3.5 to 13, while ladies can choose from sizes 5 to 14.5. The sneaker runs true to size however some wide footed users reported that due to the footbed, it felt snug between the tongue and the footbed.

Donning a more streamlined skate shoe design, the Vans Chima Pro 2 is trimmed down in all the right places and cushioned in appropriate areas. Its simple, sleek, laidback style is easy to pair with a multitude of ensembles. Regardless of which colorway you go for, the shoe's low-top profile would match well with joggers, shorts, jeans or khakis. Users were seen rocking this pair with colorful socks, cropped trousers, a cap, and a vintage tee for that effortless everyday street style.

Those who are in the know are aware of what the sneakers in the Chima range are capable of. Skaters hold Chima kicks in high regard because of its incredible durability and impact protection – two essential features for a skate shoe. These characteristics are provided by the brand's signature technologies namely the DuraCap and UltraCush Lite 3D footbed. Apart from this, non-skaters are also attracted to the sneaker due to its simplicity and versatility.

First called the Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans was introduced in 1966 and founded by siblings Paul and Jim Van Doren. They ventured out as a casual footwear company at first, but an accidental market took notice due to their shoe's grippy rubber waffle outsoles. Eventually, the brand embraced their accidental clientele by designing and manufacturing more shoes that could stand up against skateboarding's heavy abuse of footwear.

From there on Vans has established their reputation in the world of skateboarding and is now deeply rooted in the culture. As part of their marketing, the brand started sponsoring pro skateboarders to represent the brand and help design new sneaker models. One of the skaters that were tapped is Australian skater Chima Ferguson who is known for nonchalantly acing switch tricks like it's a stroll in the park.

The Vans Chima Pro 2 is Ferguson's second signature shoe, and it exhibits the rider's effortless style. This shoe is available in multiple colorway options and is decked out with skate shoe essentials to help nail your next trick. Colorways include Cub Dark Gum, Black White, Blackout, Dark Denim Dachshund, Pewter / True White, and Classic White / Victoria Blue.

  • This sneaker model's upper is either made from suede, canvas, or combination of both materials depending on the color scheme.
  • This shoe also comes in collaborative versions with other brands such as Spitfire and Supply.
  • It comes with an extra pair of shoelaces.
  • Vans and Chima decided to team up in 2005.
  • Metal eyelets provide added durability.
  • Insoles are detachable.
  • Graphic art can be seen on the insoles, and it is inspired by Chima's hometown landmark – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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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.