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11 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers highly recommend the Vans Crockett Pro 2 for its durability that can take a beating as a result of the fully-fused Duracap reinforced rubber toe vamp underlays.
  • Several skaters bought these shoes for its dependable impact cushioning brought about by the Ultracush HD polyurethane-based drop-in sock liners that provide the highest level of impact cushioning.
  • A significant number of professional skaters shifted to the Crockett Pro2 from the Vans Kyle Walker Pro because it is lightweight, break in faster, and flexible.
  • Some preferred the narrow fit of the Vans Crockett Pro 2 as it reminds them of the Era Pro and Authentic silhouettes.
  • A few customers preferred buying the Crocket Pro 2 because it can last a long time of regular casual use from walking to hanging out without breaking apart or show signs of wearing out.
  • A couple of reviewers thought the Duracap is quite visible and works well for not only performing as a second level of defense once the suede material wore out but also proved durable when performing flick tricks.
  • The Wafflecup sole held true to its promise of fantastic grip and stay on the board.
  • A good number of skaters noted that the Ultracush HD sockliner proved to be reliable in receiving the right board feel resulting in incredible flips and tricks.
  • While the shoe felt stiff at first use, several users claimed it took them only a few runs to break in and feel comfortable wearing the skate shoes.
  • The vulcanized rubber outsole has endured heavy skateboarding for weeks and showed no signs of wear even after months of use.
  • Quite a lot of customers say the Crockett Pro 2 by Vans transitions well from the skate park into a casual shoe for walking around town or hanging out.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a lot of users complained that the rubber breaks apart at the Ollie area after several weeks of intense skateboarding sessions.
  • Some commented that the heel back and outsole area rips apart from the upper after heavy skating for a few months.
  • Several reviewers noted that the seams up front and in the eyelets tears apart after several wear tests and skate runs.
  • Some users with wide feet complained that the shoe felt tight and causes discomfort from their feet rubbing off the interiors.

Bottom line

An excellent follow-up to the first Gilbert Crockett Pro signature model, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 came prepared for the neighborhood skate park. Keeping the focus on the end goal of achieving style, comfort, and durability, the Crockett Pro 2 fuses fashion and performance with a signature Duracap upper reinforcement to prevent rips and abrasion from damaging high wear areas.

All these remarkable features for a skate shoe would often command premium pricing but the Vans Crockett Pro 2 would often surprise skaters that it only costs $75.

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Vans sneakers are known for their snug and narrow fitting shoes that give them that skate-ready appeal. Boosting that sense of confidence fostered from the true to size fit is the traditional lace-up system that secures the feet of that slip-proof grip that sticks to the board. Coming in a medium width for both genders, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 is offered in widths D or B for both sexes. Available sizes range from 3.5 to 13 for men and 2 to 11.5 for women.

At first glance, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 readily deserves the accolades it has been receiving from wear-testers and sneaker fans. The suede and canvas combination of this follow-up collaboration to the Gilbert Crockett Pro 1 comes in toned down colorways that easily mixes and matches with a plethora of skate clothing and apparel. Expressing your skateboarding lifestyle need not be boring with this collaborative effort that steps up comfort and durability to assure you that the handsome-looking sneaker is more than the usual skate-ready kick.

First, compared to its predecessor that uses the suede material in the upper, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 uses canvas and suede all placed in the right places for a clean and balanced look. Second, the shoe gets an updated look with gum, white, and black sole options. As to its colorways, customers have several options to choose from that include Cabernet/Black, Blackout, Gunmetal/Black/White, Black/White, and Black/White/Gum colorways.

As the fine line that separates fashion from sports shoes have slowly cleared, more skateboarding shoes have slowly crossed over as lifestyle sneakers. With their often low-top and casual appeal, sneakers like the Vans Crockett Pro 2 have been popularly worn not only at the skate parks but also in malls, universities and about anywhere where street-style footwear is allowed. Wear them with skinny jeans, chinos, or shorts with a comfortable t-shirt or button down would give you a street-ready look that is ready for daily adventures.

Keeping both skateboarders and casual wearers pleased, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 takes pride in its Ultracush HD footbed that cushions impact and keeps the feet protected from shock brought about by board leaps and jumps. Aside from impact protection, it also remains slim enough for a complete boardfeel for a conscious skating experience. The Gilbert Crockett collaboration also boasts of a Duracap reinforced toecap for durability allowing you to feel protected from bumps by allowing an extra layer of protection for the feet. Known for their enhanced grip, a signature Wafflecup sole construction in this Vans sneaker gives the sole an edge over the traditional vulcanized rubber sole by providing a stable grip and boardfeel.

Vans skateboarding shoes have been at the forefront of the skate culture since its early years. The Anaheim, California-based skate shoe company was established in 1966 by the Van Doren brothers. James and Paul Van Doren released casual sneakers made of canvas and rubber which initially gained popularity with the No. 44 deck shoe with the simple layout of the fabric upper.

Because of its light weight, casual and minimalist style, and fantastic board grip of its soles, Vans shoes have been instrumental to the growth of the skateboarding movement. Some50 years ago, the first shoe released by the brand was the Authentic model that has existed since the early years of the company. Over the years the company has been rolling out shoes dedicated to the needs of the skateboarding community like the fan favorite Vans Old Skool, Vans Half-Cab, and Vans Era sneakers.

Later on, the shoe company that was started by California-based skateboarders grew and begun collaborating with professional skateboarders. Among the pro-skaters that Vans collaborated is Gilbert Crockett from Richmond, Virginia. Crockett has been a fixture in pro-skating when he took part in the Fallen’s Ride The Sky video. The following year, he left Fallen and joined Vans and was added to the Alien Workshop roster in 2009and eventually Quasi Skateboards together with former teammates Tyler Bledsoe and Jake Johnson.

Dubbed as one of the most detail-oriented skaters, and since joining Vans in 2009 has had a few runs with Vans apparel and pro shoes. In 2014, he was given a chance to have a signature Gilbert Crockett shoe collection which reflected his raw energy, impeccable style, artisanship, and meticulousness. The first Gilbert Crockett Pro sneaker had an all-suede upper and vulcanized rubber sole. Three years later in 2017, the Vans Crockett Pro 2 was released with suede and canvas upper and improved Wafflecup sole with Ultracush HD interiors for a comfortable boardfeel and skateboarding experience.

  • The upper is made up of a combination of suede and canvas materials with molded heel pocket inserts, and a lightly padded collar and tongue for added comfort.
  • Duracap upper reinforcements are placed in high wear areas like the toes for an extra layer of protection.
  • Vans branding at the tongue and a printed signature side stripe retain the classic skate shoe look.
  • Outsoles are available in gum sole, white, and black variations.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.