Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users describe the Vans ComfyCush Old Skool as “very comfortable”.
  • Many of those who own this low-top shoe love its retro look.
  • Some praise its improved arch support compared to the OG Vans Old Skool model.
  • A few wearers appreciate the removable insole of this sneaker.
  • Several commenters are pleasantly surprised that this shoe is lightweight.
  • Many do not hesitate to buy more than one pair of the Vans ComfyCush Old Skool.
  • A lot of consumers agree that with the new ComfyCush insole, wearing this shoe feels like walking on clouds.
  • Numerous purchasers recommend this shoe to potential buyers.
  • A couple of skaters admire the sturdiness of this kick.
  • One person notices that the outsole of this shoe is less slippery compared to other Vans kicks

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several users complain about the tight fit of this shoe with some getting blisters in their pinky toes.
  • A couple of wearers are not happy with the stiff heel padding that digs into their ankles.

Bottom line

The Vans Style #36 is given a modern version in the form of the Vans ComfyCush Old Skool. This sneaker features an ingenious cushioning system and a simplified one-piece interior. 

These updates not only improve comfort but also effectively reduce the shoe’s weight and enhance flexibility. If you are looking for a classic-looking shoe with an innovative twist, then this sneaker is definitely worth a try.

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Good to know

The ComfyCush version of the Vans Old Skool sneaker is available in men and women sizing. Like most lace-up sneakers, adjusting the laces can help in providing a more accommodating fit, especially for users with slightly wide feet.

Using the familiar silhouette that Vans users have come to love, styling the ComfyCush Old Skool is not going to be very challenging. Men can wear it with any regular jeans paired with a comfortable shirt and varsity jacket. They can also wear it with denim shorts.

Women can use this low-top kick with a variety of outfits, including dresses, skirts, cropped pants, and shorts. It can also be worn with jeggings, a plain cropped top, and a printed cardigan. 

Upon first glance, the Vans ComfyCush Old Skool does not have that much difference from the regular Old Skool kick. It comes with the same canvas upper with the signature side stripes. However, with the ComfyCush version, the magic happens internally.

This sneaker is engineered with a one-piece interior using an elastic band attached to the tongue. Aside from the usual insole, a ComfyCush insole is used for improved comfort. The shoe also comes with a co-molded midsole and outsole construction for excellent traction and flexibility. 

Gone are the days when Vans sneakers are fitted with regular insoles. With the introduction of the ComfyCush line, the brand has given its shoes a new birth as the original silhouettes, such as the Authentic, Era, SK8-Hi, and Old Skool, were revamped with one-piece exteriors, foam midsoles, and added arch support. 

Compared to the regular Old Skool model, the ComfyCush version now boasts a first-class fit and a cloud-like cushioning system. 

  • The Vans ComfyCush Old Skool features the signature waffle tread pattern on its rubber outsole.
  • Some sections on the rubber outsole were removed for increased flexibility and reduced weight.


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