These perforated models of the Vans Era Pro are offered in men’s and women’s sizing, like many of the brand’s models. The sizing is accurate and ranges from 6.5 to 13, although these are all in men’s sizing. Women need to adjust by going down 1.5 sizes from their usual shoe size.
The sneakers have a shallow profile, which enhances mobility for those quick turns you need to make. The vulcanized construction provides ample traction, flex, and board feel. A regular lacing system keeps the fit adjustable and the foot locked down tight.
What sets apart Vans Perf Era Pro shoes from other skating footwear is their ability to transition from casual to smart occasions. These kicks have a classic and clean styling that’s slightly more formal.
Style these kicks up by pairing them with khaki pants, a white shirt, and a blue blazer to match. Of course, they’ll still look good with the usual joggers/shorts/jeans and a graphic tee.
After the Vans brand turned the classic Eras into Pro shoes, there has been no turning back. The Pro version features UltraCush HD sockliners that are thick at the heels (for best impact cushioning) and which thin out towards the toes..
DURACAP reinforcements under the suede uppers deliver unrivaled durability while the Pro Vulc Lite construction gives excellent board feel.
Vans Perf Era Pros descend from the Vans Era silhouette which came out in March of 1976. The shoes are considered Vans’ second model to be officially released. It came about from two legendary skateboarders’ desire to have more padding in their kicks.
Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta liked skating the Authentic but felt the shoes could do with more cushioning built-in. They designed a model that was a spin-off of the Authentic and called this the Vans Era, which is considered as the first signature skate shoe model.
Vans Era shoes launched in one colorway only—a navy blue and red color scheme. The extra padding could be found around the collar and the “Off the Wall” slogan—the first time it was seen on a Vans shoe—was applied on the heels.
The shoes quickly became the brand’s most saleable silhouettes. It was so successful that Vans launched several more spin-offs of these such as the Era 59, C&L Era 59, and Era Pro.
The Pro version placed several technical details into the shoes to make them more comfortable for impact skating and more durable for heavy duty users. Perf Era Pros use the same construction and tooling as the Era Pro except for the perforation details around the collar and quarters of the shoes.
- Vans Perf Era Pros feature suede uppers, single-wrap foxing tapes, waffle rubber outsoles.