Who should buy the Vans Old Skool Tapered

Old Skool Tapered is the sneaker for you if you:

  • Are fun, bright, and whimsical like this pair
  • Find versatility and ease of styling important
  • Love cute, comfy pair of skate-inspired sneakers that accompanies you during long walks.

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Who should not buy it

If you don’t want any problem with sizing, consider Vans Checkerboard Old Skool and Vans Old Skool Pro. Both sneakers have accurate length and width sizing. If you want a dependable and durable pair, go for Vans Old Skool Suede.

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Vans Old Skool could use some sizing down

Evident in its name, Vans Old Skool Tapered is the tapered version of the standard Old Skool, where its heel and ankle area are not as padded. Due to this, many reported that this pair runs big, and a half to full-size decrease is needed. 

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A Vans’ hoarder, who admittedly owns countless pairs of Vans, was so disappointed in Old Skool Tapered that he said, “the fit is AWFUL!” He added that this sizing issue was isolated as his other Vans sneakers fit true to size. On the bright side, reviews showed that this sneaker could accommodate wide feet.

Vans Old Skool Tapered for daylong wear

Even though this tapered version has no heel padding, reviewers did not encounter any trouble regarding ankle chafing. This “super duper comfy” sneaker was claimed to be perfect for all-day wear. Here are some comments supporting this statement:

  • “Wore them all day walking around town and no issues with rubbing.”
  • “You can get miles and miles out of them.”
  • “I love the feel of [this] Vans on my feet.”

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Moreover, a fan stated that Vans Old Skool Tapered is so perfect for her that she was already eyeing purchasing another pair. One also mentioned that its material is ideal during hot weather. 

Playful patterns for both kids and kids at heart

The designs of the Vans Old Skool Tapered were probably the primary reason why reviewers copped a pair. One remarked that they “love how bright, colorful, and funky the print is,” while another said: this sneaker “fits my aesthetic to a T.”  Others described the designs as “snazzy,” “so fun,” and “eye-catching.” Reviewers also shared that they stole attention and received many compliments while rocking the pair. 

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Vans Old Skool Tapered is downright versatile

Fans were just happy with this sneaker’s versatility. They matched this pair with shorts, pants, and leggings. Others even wore them with dresses and couldn’t be more satisfied. 

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Questionable quality

There were people displeased by how easily their pair of Old Skool Tapered came apart. Some had durability problems with the outsole, while others with the sneaker’s print. The common thing about their complaint was that they had been using the pair for no more than five months when they ran into this mishap. 

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Old Skool
Style: Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Suede, EVA, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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