Size and fit

Fit & Sizing

The Vans Leather Old Skool is available in men’s and women’s sizing. With a low-profile silhouette, it permits the ankle to move freely. This lace-up shoe has a premium leather upper that gives sufficient breathability. 

The upper has re-enforced toecap to endure repeated wear. It has a padded collar for comfort and cushioned footbed for superior shock absorption. 

Vans Leather Old Skool Style

With a slimmed-down profile, the Vans Leather Old Skool is a low-top sneaker with a lace-up profile. It has a straightforward yet versatile design that looks perfect with shorts, denim jeans, or khaki pants for men. Apart from the jeans and shorts, women may also rock this shoe to match with skirts, jumpsuits, or mini-dresses. Besides casual outfits, the Vans Old Skool in black leather will make a perfect match with dressy clothing.

Notable Features

Vans never cease to amaze its followers when it comes to their innovative footwear. With a classic silhouette, this iteration of the classic Vans Old Skool maintains its timeless design, but instead of canvas, it utilizes premium leather material for its upper. The leather upper makes the shoe more versatile, matching not only casual outfits but also dressy attire.

Vans Leather Old Skool History

Debuted in 1977, the Vans Old Skool was also known as the Style 36. It is a skate sneaker with a low-cut silhouette that was the first to bear the iconic Vans Sidestripe, offering increased durability. The Old Skool is among the most coveted silhouettes by both BMX riders and skaters like Dakota Roche and Julian Stranger.

For many decades, the Old Skool has become part not only of the skateboarding world but also the fashion realm. It is an epitome of comfort, style, and performance that is appreciated by both men and women. Continuing its legacy, the Old Skool silhouette was used for different collaborative works, delivering fashion-forward and comfortable footwear.

Some of the brands, celebrities, boutiques, and companies that have partnered with Vans in creating several versions of the Old Skool silhouette are A Tribe Called Quest, Vincent Van Gogh, Nonnative, Made For The Makers, Marvel, Disney, WTAPS, Air Jam, Simple Union and mastermind Japan.

One of the versions is the Vans Leather Old Skool. Instead of canvas, it utilizes premium leather material that makes up the upper. With vulcanized construction, it still has the rubber outsole with the signature waffle pattern that gives superior grip and exceptional board feel.  

Additional Info

  • Like other Vans Old Skool iterations, this sneaker has the signature Jazz Stripe in leather accenting the sides.
  • The “Vans Off The Wall” insignia is incorporated at the back of the sole.
  • It has a cotton drill lining that gives added comfort and excellent breathability.


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