Verdict from 9 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers consider the Vans Old Skool GTX as comfortable.
  • After countless kickflips, many buyers have vouched that this kick is durable.
  • The overall style of this model is versatile and timeless, according to several wearers.
  • Many buyers have mentioned that this pair has a grippy outsole.
  • This model needs a short period of break-in time, many buyers have said.
  • Some online reviewers love that the Goretex version of Vans Old Skool looks more fashionable in actuality than online.
  • Just like many iterations in the Vans Old Skool collection, many buyers highly recommend this footwear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One buyer complains that the Vans Vault Old Skool GTX has insufficient arch support. 
  • A couple of buyers share that a blister developed on their ankle after using this kick for several times.

Bottom line

Vans tweaked its iconic Old Skool silhouette with waterproof material creating the Old Skool GTX. This sneaker has ultra-comfy details designed to guard its wearers against harsh elements. It is also covered with durable and breathable materials suitable for all-day use. 

Vans Old Skool GTX is highly recommended for buyers looking for an all-season pair of kick with a pocket-friendly price tag.

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Good to know

The low-top Vans Old Skool GTX shoes are unisex sneakers available in men’s range. This Vans Vault update features a lace-up fastening system for an adjustable fit. The Ultracush sockliner, meanwhile, is inserted to provide flexible and lightweight insoles. This technology allows wearers to have a balance between board feel and damping while providing excellent cushioning.

The Vans Old Skool Gore-Tex skate shoe features a style faithful to its primary model that was updated with features that will allow its wearers to look fashionable even in wet seasons. This model is a part of the Vault line that was stirred from arts, music, and street fashion. 

The canvas upper is treated with the breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex technology, added with suede overlays and leather Sidestripe for a plush element. The vulcanized white midsole and the waffle-patterned rubber sole, also display the classic sporty vibe. Vans offers this kick in fashionable hues, and the most popular ones are the black/heliotrope, navy/burgundy, lemon tonic/white, and white/blue hues. 

On feet, the Vans Old Skool GTX looks fashionable when paired with denim jeans, tattered skinnies, loose baggy pants, or even with a pair of shorts. Ladies may also pair this sneaker up with their dresses, mini skirts, and even with their yoga pants or leggings.

Aside from its timeless profile, the Vans Old Skool GTX shoes turned many heads for its unique Gore-Tex applique. The canvas upper is dressed in the Gore-Tex fabric with repeating print of pill-shaped dots and the Gore-Tex logo. This material is used to convert this sneaker into a waterproof, durable, and breathable pair of footwear.

Vans launched the rOld Skool in 1978 as the first-ever skate shoe that has leather panels and suede on the toe box. It was also the first to display the iconic Side Stripe trademark, or also known as jazz stripe, which was a result of a random doodle of Paul Van, one of the founders of the brand. 

Because of its versatility and timeless look, Vans Old Skool easily gained followers. In the 90s, it was seen worn by numerous skaters, singers, celebrities, and rock stars. This silhouette was also used as the parent model by several collaborations, which created a pivotal event in the sneakers’ history of partnerships. Currently, Vans Old Skool caters young and old generations. Various modifications were also applied on the Old Skool to give homage to the brand’s colorful skateboarding history.

Meanwhile, Vans has this premium label called the Vans Vault. This line releases silhouettes from the archives that have been modernized inspired by arts, music, fashion, street, and the world of skateboarding and surfing. In-house company designers will decide with Vans sneakers will be given a modern twist to offer to their fans.

To add another iteration to the growing list of sneakers under the Vans Vault is the retro Vans Old Skool GTX. Vans tweaked the iconic Old Skool with the breathable and waterproof material called Gore-Tex to provide comfort and protection to its users during harsh weather conditions.s, allowing for optimal climate comfort.

  • This skate shoe comes with an extra pair of Gore-Tex laces.
  • The Vans Old Skool GTX sneakers for men and women are made of gum rubber outsole that delivers superb grip and durability.
  • It has a rubber heel patch for added durability.

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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.