We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie shoes are incredibly well-made, according to a small number of users who also commended the “amazing” quality of the leather.
  • Several people reported that the sneakers are so comfortable that they’ve turned these into their everyday go-to shoes.
  • Some purchasers were pleased with the unique styling of Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie sneakers because it’s not something you can see around much.
  • These low-top kicks from Vans’ Old Skool collection provide enough support for the feet, a couple stated.
  • The shoes are true to size, one consumer noted.
  • These Vans shoes go with everything, a few mentioned.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Because these are made of leather, there will be inevitable creasing on the front of the shoes according to one buyer.
  • The colorways are extremely limited for this model.

Bottom line

Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie shoes put a pleasing, modern touch on an iconic skate silhouette. The styling is subtle and certainly unique—you won’t see this design on people’s feet every day.

And while the shoes retain a hint of that street-style flavor the OGs were known for, they look far more elegant in this rendition than before. The Off the Wall brand pulled out all the stops in creating these kicks. The leather is beautiful, and the shoes are well-constructed. They give enough support, and they’re also quite comfy. 


Base model: Vans Old Skool
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Leather
Price: $80
Special editions: 46 special editions
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These Old Skool iterations are unisex but offered in men’s sizing, which runs from 3.5 to 13. Sizing is accurate. Women who can’t resist the chic styling can order these in a smaller size (1.5 down to be exact) than you would typically wear. 

The shoes are supportive, and the criss-cross way of lacing or ghillie system helps keep the shoes adjust their fit to your feet as well as provide a nice and engaging style accent to the kicks. 

Leather Old Skool Ghillies kept the clean and minimalistic design of Vans Old Skool shoes. They’re still as streamlined as ever, but this time, leather covers the entire upper as opposed to the combination canvas/leather fabric of the original.

The ghillie lacing system is also a new addition, an update to the former conventional 7-eyelet lacing system which used flat laces. 

As of this time, only two colorways have debuted for Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillies which are black/ marshmallow and tonal white.

There’s always a sense of nostalgia with any classic shoes—it’s just much more pronounced with Old Skools. Since these ghillie editions of the beloved 70s kicks keep much of the same details of the vintage footwear—there’s even the familiar black and white colorway available—well, that sentimentality for the past goes up even more. And sentiment is a large part of why people buy retros.

There’s really not much to these kicks except that they’re sturdy, they’re comfy, and you’ve got somewhat of a window to the past while you’re wearing these on your feet. Of course, we can’t forget that they look beautiful too in a way that seamlessly blends the old school and the new.

The history of Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie shoes stretches way back to 1977 when the original Vans Old Skools debuted as Style Number 36. The Old Skools will always be remembered for being the first to display van Doren’s Sidestripe logo as well as for being the first in the brand’s lineup to contain leather.

To say that the Old Skool silhouette made a great cultural contribution is an understatement. In the 80s, the shoes were part of the youth’s “rebel” statement. It was not unheard of for Old Skool sneakers to be decorated in varying shades and hues by teens wanting to make an anti-establishment statement or people who just want to express their creativity.

The shoes were also a big part of the 90s when the idea of collaborations between brands was just taking off. The sneakers became the subject of several such collabs with designers such as Marc Jacobs and streetwear brands like Supreme.

In the early 2000s, Old Skools wallowed in the limelight alongside bands during the peak of the rock movement, while from 2010 up, it regained its place in the skateboarding world once again. 

Of course, popular silhouettes such as these tend to get remade over and over again in dozens of ways. One way is the Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie silhouette. From canvas to leather and from regular laces to ghillie, these new shoes with a twist look to be just as memorable as Style #36. 

  • Vans Leather Old Skool Ghillie sneakers feature reinforced toecaps, padded collars, and rubber outsoles with the signature Vans waffle tread.