Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers observed that the Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro shoes are well-built.
  • The majority of reviewers commend this skate shoe for being extremely comfortable when worn on and off the board.
  • Some purchasers applauded the UltraCush insoles and heel pad of this Vans Pro model for the added comfort.
  • Several reviewers who use this shoe for skateboarding stated that this Gilbert Crockett's first signature shoe is better than any other Vans shoe they have skated in before.
  • Many agreed that this skate shoe is stylish.
  • A couple of purchasers reported that they'd been complimented with this shoe on so many times.
  • Some wearers said that the Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro provides excellent board feel when skating.
  • This is a best fitting shoe, according to a few reviewers.
  • Some reviewers recognized the durability of this low-top, with few noting that it is a sturdy yet flexible skate shoe.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro felt very stiff and narrow until broken in, according to some reviewers.
  • Numerous reviewers were not pleased that the tongue tends to slide uncomfortably to the side with every step.
  • The toe vamp of this low-top is stiff, reported some purchasers.
  • A small number of reviewers said that although the sole of this shoe is grippy, it wears a little fast which is a bit disappointing.
  • One video reviewer commented that this is a bit heavier than any other skate shoe he owns.

Bottom line

Called the Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro, the low-top Pro skate shoe is another extraordinary model that both skaters to casual wearers appreciate up to this day. It is equipped with UltraCush HD footbed and Wafflecup construction that offers flexibility, support, and excellent board feel.

On the upper is a Duracap reinforcement in high wear areas that keep the shoe sturdy despite the wear and tear of the sport. It holds up better than other Vans shoes. Although very stiff and narrow-fitting at first, the upper stretches over time.

User reviews:

The Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro is a low-top skate shoe that comes in men’s sizing from 6.5 to 13 with half sizes up to 11.5 and in D Standard or Medium width. The ladies can also cop a pair of this kick by obtaining this in an approximate 1.5 size smaller than their usual. For example, a size 9 in women's sizing is roughly equivalent to this shoe's size 7.5. The fit is generally true to size.

The low-top profile ensures ankle mobility, and the lace-up closure permits an adjustable yet secure fit. The collar and tongue are lightly padded while the removable footbed is an Ultracush kind for impact cushioning without sacrificing board feel.

The Vans Gilbert Pro is a low-top skate shoe that resembles two of the most iconic and sought-after Vans shoes - the Era and the Old Skool. It is constructed with a sleek silhouette and a one-piece suede toe cap with hints of textile and leather all throughout the rest of the upper. The signature Vans Sidestripe in contrasting white leather is visible along the side panels as added accent for an authentic Vans feel.

Regardless of colorway, the Vans Crockett Pro has a laid-back vibe that looks nice with chinos and jeans. It can likewise be worn with shorts for a stylish and street-ready look on and off the board.

Dubbed by many as one of the best shoes for skateboarding, Gilbert Crockett’s first ever signature shoe from Vans is filled with technologies that are advantageous to buyers especially those who use it for skateboarding.

This remarkable low-top skate shoe features a Wafflecup outsole. Wafflecup is the very first vulcanized cupsole or basically a fusion of a cupsole and a vulcanized sole. It is engineered to provide wearers exceptional board feel, comfort, and added durability all at the same time.

It is as if the Wafflecup’s added durability isn’t enough. The Crockett Pro also has a Duracap rubber reinforcement underlays in high wear areas. For impact cushioning and superior board feel, the shoe utilizes an UltraCush HD footbed.

Gilbert Crockett, also known as Gilby or “The Body,” is an American Pro skater born on April 23, 1989, in Richmond, Virginia. He joined the Vans Professional Skate Team in 2009 and became one of the six skateboarders to get a signature Vans Pro model by 2014.

Crockett’s first signature shoe model with Vans initially dropped in January 2014 and called the Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro or simply the Vans Crockett Pro. The shoe is built in a low-top construction with a combination of suede, textile, and leather on the upper. Many skaters and casual users alike took notice of its promising performance as it features the brand’s top-notch technologies.

The Crockett Pro is equipped with an UltraCush HD footbed that helps make a comfortable ride with impact cushioning and board feel. The upper has a Duracap reinforcement for increased durability for every wear and tear on and off the board. It sits atop a Wafflecup construction for support, grip, and enhanced board feel as well.

In 2017, Vans released a follow-up to the Crockett Pro skate shoe called the Vans Crockett Pro 2.

  • The Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro also features molded heel pocket insert.
  • For added durability on the upper, this shoe uses reinforced metal eyelets.
  • An extra set of laces is included.

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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.