Verdict from 39 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • One has referred to Vans Old Skool V Pro as his favorite style of Vans.
  • A handful of users have appreciated the level of comfort that the Ultra Cush technology delivers. 
  • Like other Vans Old Skool sneakers, this model has an on-point style that has captured the eye of many. 
  • High percentage purchasers love the Velcro straps feature of the Vans Old Skool V Pro, making it more convenient and stylish than the lace-up ones.
  • The style of the Old Skool V Pro brings nostalgia to a lot of Vans enthusiasts.
  • One highly appreciates that the Old Skool model with Velcro strap can now be enjoyed by adults as this is then exclusive only for kids' sizes.
  • It is among the Vans sneakers that are incredibly versatile and go well with a lot of outfits.

1 reason not to buy

  • One wishes that there are more colors available for this style.

Bottom line

For a brand that has been strongly linked with skateboarding, its presence as a street style icon gave way to a wide array of styles. The Vans V Pro is another interpretation of the classic Old Skool. Since it carries the same silhouette as its predecessor, it holds the same versatility, only with a twist of velcro straps. Offered at $65 a pair, these sneakers can easily be a wardrobe must-have.

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Good to know

One of the most striking modifications for the Old Skool V Pro is the removal of laces and replacing it with three Velcro straps. It permits a faster and more convenient slip but still allowing a customizable fit. Although this design is much associated with kids' shoes, these are offered in adult sizes. It is available in men’s and women’s sizing.

If there are just selected silhouettes that each athletic footwear brand has to boast, one of those remarkable and enduring pieces will certainly be the Vans Old Skool. The time-tested low-top silhouette gets some minor changes with the V Pro. The hook-and-loop straps, instead of the traditional lace-up closure, adds some changes to the aesthetics, similar to kids' sneakers but still trendy and versatile.

Because the contrasting black upper and white Sidestripe is retained, pairing it with different items of clothing is possible. As a unisex sneaker, it also means that it can suit with dresses, skirts, shorts, and trousers.

The simplicity of the silhouette of the Old School V Pro does not necessarily mean lax on its features. Comfort is an unsacrificed feature for these sneakers as it is injected with UltraCush HD sock liners, a technology that provides stability, support, and resilient cushioning. It is then intensified with a padded collar and footbed. The DURACAP underlays ensure durability even for repeated and aggressive wear.

About 50 years ago, the legacy that we now know as Vans was started by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren, along with business partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. Rooting from the surnames of the brothers, the Vans Doren Rubber Company was conceptualized. On March 16, 1966, along with its shoe named Vans #44 (now called the Authentic), the company started manufacturing custom shoes and selling it directly to the public.

Although not initially intended to gain much attention from skateboarders, the construction of the shoe and their headquarters in Anaheim, California provided a convenient opportunity for the brand to be noticed. It wasn't long before they followed the release of other sneakers, the Vans #36 or what we now call as the Vans Old Skool being one of them. Released in 1977, the Old Skool was the first skate shoe that is infused with leather panels to enhance its durability. Its infamous "jazz stripes" or otherwise known as Sidestripe, came about from a random doodling session of owner Paul Van Doren.

Since then, the Vans Old Skool has been one of the remarkable models produced by the brand. It has gone through a series of innovations since its conception, one of them is the Vans Old School V Pro.

  • The Vans Old Skool V Pro is injected with cotton drill lining for maximum comfort and breathability.
  • Much like the Vans Old Skool, the upper is composed of suede and canvas.


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