Size and fit

During the first try, the sneaker might administer a somewhat snug or narrow fit which is mainly caused by the added cushioning by the UltraCush HD insole with the support of the Waffle Cupsole which needs to be broken in depending on how the users wear it. Boardfeel is not sacrificed although it contains a lot of padding.

Some who find the shoe rather small can stretch it using thick socks while walking around the house for a couple of hours until the material gets used to the fit. This mode is exclusively offered in men’s sizing, but women can get their sizes by going one and a half sizes down from their standing sizing. 

Vans Kyle Walker Pro Style

Aside from wearing it with skating gear, the Vans Kyle Walker Pro can adequately be partnered with apparel for birthdays, parties, and sometimes, for school. The shoe comes in a good number of colorways, but the pink one was a crowd favorite.

Its low-top form is not only good for flip tricks and ollies but is also versatile enough to match any article of clothing may it be formal or relaxingly casual options like jammies. The seamless and flat toe area goes well with the streamlined cupsole-vulcanized combo which projects a low to the ground image perfect for hanging out.

Notable Features

The takeaway feature of the Vans Kyle Walker Pro can be summarized in three things. The Waffle Cupsole, which is a combination of vulcanized sole and a cupsole, provides a more durable ride. The DURACAP technology which is a reinforcement rubber sandwiched inside the toe box upper grants protection from wear and tear. The UltraCush HD footbed showcases first-hand supreme cushioning.

Vans Kyle Walker Pro History

When Vans first pitched the idea to Kyle having his shoe, it was ridiculously overwhelming for the rising street surfer. And by the way, it all happened when he was a bit unsober, so the idea didn't immediately sink in. But the fortunate event occurred and the world was introduced to one of the best all-around skate shoes that one can ever have a chance to grasp.

Vans, as all of the sneakerheads have known, is a loyal brand that stuck to its roots of skateboarding all the years. Its continuous glow was probably kept alive by the Vans Warped Tour which channeled their advertising through music and concerts. The trend quickly caught up and soon after, concert-goers began wearing Vans off the walls. But their success can be mainly attributed to their rich legacy of skateboarding per se ergo they reach out to professional skaters that have the potential to collaborate lucratively in the right direction.

Kyle Walker is one of 2013's skaters who has a promising career ahead. Vans took a toll and surprisingly introduced a prototype design to him on February 24, 2015. He had few insights about the shoe including a thicker insole, and he also added the elastic bands that are connected to the tongue which is much broader than usual elastic fixations. The Waffle Cupsole was also a great addition, according to him.

The skate shoe drove its inspiration from other brands like the Reynolds 3, Diamonds skate shoes, and one from the same brand which is the Gilberts. The Vans Kyle Walker Pro was Walker's first signature shoe and was released worldwide on July 9, 2016.

Additional Info

  • The upper consists of textile (canvas), suede, and leather.
  • The Waffle Cupsole is the combination of a vulcanized sole supported by a cupsole construction that maintains boardfeel while enhancing durability during high-impact tricks.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Kyle Walker
Collection: Vans UltraCush, Vans Duracap
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Vulc Sole, EVA, Canvas, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.