Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Old Skool 36 DX is a nice step-up for comfort, as a good number of critics convey.
  • Some of the users love the fit of this low-top piece from Vans.
  • Many wearers express that like other Old Skool models, the Anaheim Factory version also offers great style.
  • A couple of reviewers note that they like the padded collars of the sneaker.
  • Like most Vans low-top sneakers, the Old Skool 36 DX matches well with many outfits.
  • A few buyers say that this silhouette doesn’t need any break-in period.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some people mention that the Anaheim Factory Old Skool 36 DX doesn’t provide enough support.

Bottom line

A part of the Vans Anaheim Factory, the Vans Old Skool 36 DX is one of the most praised silhouettes in the collection with its quality and performance. Keeping the original design of the main Old Skool model, this kick is also updated in most ways with quality materials to keep you in comfort and style.

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With the UltraCush sockliner, the Vans Old Skool 36 DX delivers upgraded comfort for the foot. It also features a low-top profile that enables you to move your ankle quickly and with ease. Its standard lace-up enclosure system allows you to keep your foot locked down securely in an adjustable fit. This unisex silhouette is available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

A classic silhouette with a modern charm, the Vans Old Skool 36 DX takes style into the streets. As it inherits its predecessor’s timeless appeal, this Anaheim Factory piece carries the ability to work as a fashion sneaker naturally.

                 Outfit Tips To Go With Your Pair Of Vans Old Skool 36 DX

Versatile in character, the Anaheim Factory Old Skool sneaker goes well with a wide range of ensembles and keeps you looking stylish as you hit the streets. Here are some outfit ideas that you may wear with your retro Old Skool 36 DX:

  • The classic t-shirt and jeans or pants pair-up. You may go with skinny jeans, slim-fit jeans, regular-fit jeans. 
  • This Old Skool silhouette goes well with t-shirts and shorts for men, and a cute peasant blouse or any cropped top with short shorts for women on a beautiful, warm summer day.
  • Women may go with high-waist skirts and cute mini dresses.
  • The Anaheim Factory Old Skool works nicely with button-up shirts.

Taking the entirety of the design of the main model intact, the Vans Old Skool 36 DX is like a “modernized update” of the original. The Anaheim Factory silhouette boasts of enhanced updates such as the upgraded UltraCush sockliner and the 10 oz canvas uppers with cow suede material on its toe, eye stay, tongue, and heel area. Another notable update on the silhouette is the higher glossy foxing tape. Finishing it up is its Vulc sole and gum outsole.

One of Vans’ most distinguished silhouettes, the Old Skool has first seen the light of day in the year 1977. It was, as well, the piece that debuted the brand’s famous Sidestripe. Originally known as the “Style 36,” the Old Skool silhouette is Vans’ first kicks to fuse the leather material into its upper structure. 

Around the 1980s, customization rose to fame among kids as they started to express their creativity into their pairs of Old Skools. The design structure of the silhouette is what offered those kids the chance to demonstrate their forms of “art.” People who are walking around with their pair of colorful Old Skools.

The silhouette has established a reputation for itself on the streets, and over the years, the Old Skool has witnessed many iterations on its design, materials, and colorways. The Vans Old Skool 36 DX is one of the pieces from the Vans Anaheim Factory collection, which pays tribute to the brand’s roots. The collection is a nod to the brand’s first factory that was set up in Anaheim, California.

The Old Skool 36 DX exhibits the same style and design as the original Old Skool but updated in some ways, such as the materials used to enhance its performance. This version of the classic skate shoe also comes in colorways that would suit your styles such as the classic white, black, brown, purple, and checkerboard.

  • The signature Vans Sidestripe on this Anaheim Factory Old Skool is made of leather.
  • Vans “Off The Wall” call out on the heel of the sneaker.
  • This silhouette comes with flat cotton laces.

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.