Size and fit

The C&L Era is crafted from the same canvas upper as its predecessor, providing the same sleek feel. It is a low-top skate design, so the wearer’s ankles get a full range of mobility in each stride. Besides that, it uses a traditional lace-up system to lock the feet in with custom fitting.

Vans C&L Era 59 Style

With the Era's unassuming design and fun colors, it didn't take long til non-skateboarders took notice. It has become a casual staple being rocked by people of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers and even middle-aged adults. Although rooted in skateboarding, the Era successfully saturated the retail and fashion markets embedding its name as a classic.

The Vans C&L Era 59 retains its predecessor's silhouette offering a classic and time-tested style. Its updated leather accents present a brand-new appeal to the classic profile by lending a more dapper and fancier touch to its overall design. The pair's casual silhouette coupled with the classy leather provided more ways of dressing it. The men could go for the typical casual look by pairing it with jeans and a shirt or dress it up with chinos or suits, while the ladies could sport it with dresses and skirts for a fun yet feminine look.

Notable Features

The Vans C&L Era 59 exudes the same classic style as the original version that has been a wardrobe essential to most. Its leather updates captured the attention of long-time Era fans and vintage sneaker fans alike, as it contributes to an all-new, improved, and more refined look. Moreover, fun patterns adorn the shoe's inner lining that makes for a more interesting and stylish design.

Vans C&L Era 59 History

In 1966, a footwear business called the Van Doren Rubber Company was born in Anaheim, California. Brothers Jim Van Doren and Paul Van Doren alongside their partners Gordon Lee and Serge D'Ella spearheaded it. They opened a retail store on March 16, 1966, and introduced their first shoe model called the Vans #44 Deck Shoe, known today as the Vans Authentic. The company originally planned to manufacture casual beach shoes but later became aware of a growing clientele composed of skateboarders from the Santa Monica and Venice area.

Skateboarders from the 70s claimed that they preferred the Vans Authentic shoes for its grippy rubber outsole, as boards during that time didn't have grip tapes yet. Vans responded to the clamor by releasing a shoe in the same silhouette as the Vans Authentic but enhanced for the demands of the sport. Designed by Z-Boys skaters Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, this new pair boasts a padded collar for comfort and new color combinations for added style. Introduced in 1976, the pair was initially named the Vans #95 and later changed to Vans Era.

Vans Era is the first skateboarding shoe ever made and inevitably became the choice of footwear amongst 70s skateboarders. But skaters during that time noticed that the Era lacked personality and didn't reflect skate culture, Vans acted accordingly by adding the "Off The Wall" heel counter and releasing it in two-tone colorways. The blue and red colorway became identified with the Dog Town Crew, a group of teenage surfers that pioneered skateboarding, which boosted the Era to legendary status. Since then Vans became an established name and became known as a manufacturer of skateboard shoes.

Different brands and designers have put their own twist on the Era's clean and simple design with collaborators including Supreme, Fear Of God, and Undercover. Aside from these partnerships, Vans has been consistently releasing a stream of different Era reimaginings. One of these is the Vans C&L Era 59, which infused leather to the Era's all-canvas upper and comes in fun printed inner linings.

Additional Info

  • The C&L in this pair's name stands for Canvas and Leather.'
  • The Vans C&L Era 59 is also available in a denim reiteration.
  • The difference between the Vans Era and the Vans Era 59 is that the 59' has a leather patch located in the shoe's rear part near the Achilles area.


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