Summary

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10 reasons to buy

  • The sneaker has an appeal that is adequate for sporting every day to work.
  • One mentioned that the padded support around the ankles plus the cushioned tongue makes this sneaker his favorite pair.
  • It comes with an additional pair of extra laces.
  • Several consumers testified that it fits their wide feet.
  • It is a sneaker that is well built and composed of materials that are of high quality.
  • A user was so satisfied that he never took the sneakers off when he traveled with his boys.
  • The sneaker boasts a very fashionable look and almost all colorways were highly regarded as stylish and clean.
  • Overall, the sneaker grants plush comfort which comes from the UltraCush HD insole. Several users would insist that it really gave relief to their heel and wearing it the whole day does not hurt their feet.
  • It is a silhouette that is excellent for skating because even if it is wide enough, it still grips the feet just right with no twist. 
  • The low top element of the sneaker was perfect for summer, according to one buyer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One customer was a bit annoyed that something was pushing against his foot around the area.
  • Few reviewers mentioned that the sneaker does not have enough arch support.

Bottom line

Expanding their skate line, Vans introduces another low top, Chukka-structured iteration called the Vans Chukka Low Pro. The sneaker contains all the necessary upgrades of a Vans skate shoe like the DuraCap reinforced rubber on the toe for protection to wear and tear and a generously padded collar and tongue for comfort.

Many users were also delighted with the UltraCush HD footbed. The sneaker is a testament to the notion that having a fully functional vessel can also be packed into silhouette with class.

Facts

Base model: Vans Chukka Low
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Lifestyle Shoes
Price: $65
Colorways: Black, Grey, Purple, Red, White
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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A top rated Vans sneaker

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The sizing basis for the Vans Chukka Low Pro is centered around men's sizes which ranges from 6.5 to 13. These are all made in a men's D medium width, but women who would like to rock a pair can go 1.5 sizes down their usual.

The Oxford style of its lacing and upper accents made the Vans Chukka Low eligible to be partnered with some semi-formal clothes to project a pristine look. Although built into a Chukka, the sneaker, which is added to the wide range of low-top Vans kicks, still envelops itself in a low top form, perfect for sporting in spring and summer. Hanging out with these is best with shorts or casual jeans, but joggers and chinos would also do the trick.

Some of the sneaker's colorways use a combination of suede and canvas for its upper while the others use suede dominantly. The use of the material would also rely on the type of pigment to be used which is mostly tonal but with different shades. One thing is for sure; the toe box would be flat for all of these Chukka Low Pro iterations which would profoundly elevate as it approaches the lace bed.

Transitioning from the original core model to a Pro would have its perks of comfort and stability. Some of the differences of the Vans Chukka Low Pro one with its original counterpart are the skate-specific details like the DuraCap rubber reinforcement on the toe area and the robust padding around the ankle and tongue. Both shoe models utilize the same UltraCush HD insert, but the Pro features a Pro Vulc construction for improved boardfeel and flex.

On March 16, 1966, Vans an ambitious shoe retailer started to rock the streets of Anaheim, California with their innovative, customizable sneaker assembly. Three designs were offered, and one of those was carried on through time to be honored as the "Authentic."

Since then, the company has its ups and downs but suddenly realized that they have to stick to the growing trend of its hometown which was skateboarding. By being loyal to their roots, they established a name for themselves which was so successful that it even reached the global market level. Its growth promoted several skaters and artists along the way which enriched their legacy of design.

Of course, a company embellished in skating must have a team of amateur designers within its walls. In 2006, Vans along with its skating team released the Vans Chukka Low, which was inspired by both the Vans Authentic and an earlier model named Chukka Cleat. The lower half of the sneaker takes cues from the Authentic while the shape of its upper was borrowed from the Chukka Cleat. After receiving positive feedback from fans, the sneaker was remodeled into a Pro model years after its introduction.

  • The sneaker utilizes a Waffle outsole design for exceptional traction and grip against surfaces.
  • Some of the colorways found online are Insignia Blue, black with a white outsole, leaf/navy/white, Frost Gray/Gum, Coffee Bean, Port/Gum, Work Wear Black/Gum, White.
  • A woven flag with Vans branding can be seen along the lateral side sometimes on the collar and sometimes on the vamp depending on the colorway.

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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.

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