Size and fit

Unisex sizes are offered for the Vans Old Skool V. Suede and canvas make up the shoe's upper, delivering a robust fit. It has a hook-and-loop system for the closure, enabling the user to put the sneaker on and off quickly. Lastly, its low collar allows unlimited ankle movement.

Vans Old Skool V Style

Two colorways are available for the low-top Vans Old Skool V: True White and Pewter/Black. These options feature a clean and preppy vibe, yet they are low profile enough for pairing with many different outfits. Summer and spring-ready styles, in particular, will go well with these kicks, from light dresses and skirts to shorts and pants in different colors and designs. 

This edition of the Old Skool also provides a more relaxed appeal owing to its hook-and-loop system, perfect for matching with laidback clothes. Shorts and a t-shirt will complete the look, ideal for walking around, hanging out, or going on a weekend trip. This shoe could also be used for semi-formal occasions, such as the workplace or events, worn with pants or a skirt and a shirt.  

Notable Features

The Vans Old Skool V pays tribute to the original model with its low profile silhouette, made up of sturdy canvas and suede material. It updates the classic sneaker by incorporating a Velcro closure on the front instead of the lace-up system. Another upgrade is its profile, which was slimmed down to deliver a flexible feel. The brand’s iconic rubber waffle design is on the outsole. Vans branding is on the heel.

Vans Old Skool V History

Vans was built by Paul and James Van Doren and launched in 1966 in Anaheim, California. Its deck shoes became favorites of local skaters due to their efficient outsoles and fresh styles, leading to the brand’s popularity. These shoes, which have since been named the Authentic, have become casual staples, worn by generations. The company has continued this creative heritage ever since, introducing models that have stood the test of time to embody street style and athletic passion.

In 1977, another classic was born from the Vans catalog. The brand released Style #36, which eventually became known as the Old Skool. It bore the now-legendary Sidestripe, which started out as a doodle called the “jazz stripe” drawn by Paul Van Doren. Today, it is an enduring part of the brand’s image and heritage. It was also the first sneaker from the brand that used leather paneling for improved durability.   

The Old Skool has become so popular that Vans was able to play around with it, introducing different patterns, styles, collaborative designs, and many more. Its continued popularity is evidenced by the people who collect these editions, wearing them proudly in the streets. Throughout all of these versions, the Old Skool silhouette remains the same, featuring a highly recognizable and timeless look.

One such unique variation of the classic shoe is the Vans Old Skool V, which replaces the traditional lace-up front with a Velcro closure. As a result, the model has the look of a classic skate shoe combined with the convenience of a hook-and-loop casual sneaker. The design not only levels up the functionality of the Old Skool. It is a game-changer as well when it comes to fashion-forward style.

Additional Info

  • The footbed is padded for extra premium shock comfort and to deliver premium shock absorption.
  • Breathability and additional comfort are offered by the cotton drill lining.
  • Excellent support is provided by the shoe’s die-cut EVA insert.
  • The reinforced toe caps allow the sneaker to survive repeated wear.
  • This shoe also has a vulcanized construction for a more durable ride.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Old Skool
Closure: Strap
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.