We spent 5.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many testers of the Vans C&L Old Skool loved the look of the low-top footwear. They described the sneaker as “different enough to be interesting” with a style that is “both old and new.”
  • The lifestyle shoe is comfortable enough for every day and all-around use, several reviewers stated.
  • The casual sneaker has a nice fit and can be stretched to accommodate wider widths, a few persons remarked.
  • Some users reported that the sizing of the Vans C&L Old Skool is exact.
  • A handful of people complimented the color of the low-top Vans sneaker. They added that the style looks great when paired with any color of khaki pants.
  • A couple of purchasers praised the materials used as well as the excellent finish of the C&L Old Skool.
  • Two consumers were pleased with the shoe’s versatility. They added that you could dress it up or down and pair it with most anything in your wardrobe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few people complained that the Vans C&L can be a bit rough to break in. When new, the heel rubs below the Achilles tendon and causes blisters.
  • One person reported that the shoelace is too long, more suited to a high-cut shoe than a low-top. He said it always needed retying or will step on it.
  • A customer was displeased that the seam at the toe of his Vans sneaker ripped from the rubber after only four or five uses.

Bottom line

Fans of the beloved Old Skool will find a new model to go crazy for in the Vans C&L Old Skool. This newest iteration of the iconic silhouette blends the new and the old seamlessly with a well-thought-out design that looks great any way you wear it. The shoe provides an excellent fit and is comfortable to use as your everyday go-to footwear.

The shoe can be quite uncomfortable at first during breaking-in. The shoe also reportedly has a lace that is too long which can cause tripping.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans C&L
Price: $65
Colorways: Black
Small True to size Large
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The C&L Old Skool is a unisex shoe that is based on men’s/boys’ measurements which range from 3.5 to 13. Women can easily get their perfect fit by going a size and a half down from their regular measurement.

The sturdy canvas and leather materials of the low-cut sneaker provide a measure of support for the feet while padded collars add comfort.

Get on the retro bandwagon with a cool new/old look by wearing the Vans C&L Old Skool. This shoe can dress down or upgrade your look as you see fit. Wear with jeans and a tee for casual days out. Men can turn their style up a notch by matching the shoe with chinos and a knitted sweater. Women, meanwhile, can go for a more formal yet sassy look with a white tee and a suit a la Kristen Stewart.

The C&L Old Skool carries the DNA of that iconic Vans Old Skool silhouette. The shoe retains most of the flavor of the classic model but gives it a twist via prints on the shoe lining and a new color combo design that matches the leather sidestripe nicely with the heel counter.

The C&L Old Skool (Canvas and Leather) is the newest iteration of that timeless silhouette—the Old Skool—which debuted in 1977. It was the first sneaker from the Vans brand to display the “jazz stripe” in leather (what is now more popularly known as the “sidestripe”) and was known as Style 36 or the shoe of rebel skaters in the U.S.

The Old Skool had a simple design that was eye-catching all the same because of the perfect combination of suede and leather and about every color under the sun. It had a low-cut profile and featured suede panels, a canvas upper, and leather padded heels. Its silhouette has remained mostly unchanged in the 40 years of its existence although collabs with boutiques and designers can be found as well as new iterations such as the C&L.

  • The Vans C&L Old Skool comes with a reinforced toecap, signature waffle outsole, and padded collar.