6 users: 4.2 / 5
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Geoff Rowley

Verdict from 7.8 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • A couple of users are delighted with the UltraCush insole of the low-top Vans Rowley Pro. One user even mentioned that the insole really helps with his plantar fasciitis.
  • Most of the buyers appreciated how comfy the shoe is.
  • The shoe provides reliable traction, as attested by many skaters.
  • A good number of purchasers mentioned that this pair of kicks is lightweight and offers sufficient breathability.
  • Several commenters lauded the Vans Rowley Pro for its durability.
  • A few purchasers expressed their delight regarding its colorways.
  • When it comes to length, the sneaker fits true to size as per several wearers.
  • A handful of reviewers applauded its stylish silhouette.
  • This shoe has insoles that offer reliable cushioning, noted by a skater.
  • Vans’ followers can avail the shoe, like most Vans sneakers, at a budget-friendly rate.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few wearers complained that the width seems a little tight.
  • A purchaser shared his disappointment because the heel of the Vans Rowley Pro is a bit short, causing not to lock the heel in place.

Bottom line

The Vans Rowley Pro returned to the market to provide a much better skateboarding experience. This lightweight and stylish pair of sneaker is available at a budget-friendly price. A good number of Vans’ followers appreciated this overhauled sneaker.

It has the minimalist style that works perfectly with any casual outfit. Whether for everyday casual wear or skateboarding, this pair of kicks won’t fail its users in providing the functionality and comfort they need. It offers an excellent ground feel and impressive cushioning.

Available in men’s sizing, the Vans Rowley Pro has a smooth upper, keeping the shoe lightweight yet providing enough foot protection. It utilizes the UltraCush HD which provides better cushioning and shock absorption. It has a lacing system with six eyelets that delivers a secure lockdown. Its vulcanized outsole has a waffle tread pattern the helps wearers in executing their astounding skateboarding stunts, exhibiting excellent traction.

Possessing a slimmer profile, the low-top Vans Rowley Pro has a nice-looking suede upper that uses premium materials. This low-cut and durable sneaker showcases a trendy look that can match your favorite casual clothing. Whether for your everyday wear or skateboarding, this shoe looks good with shorts, joggers or denim jeans topped with your favorite cotton and graphic shirt.

After the low-top Vans Rowley Pro was pulled out from the market around 2007, some significant upgrades were done before it was reintroduced in the market in 2013. Now, the Vans Rowley Pro has a more extended toe box so that users can skate a lot better. The tongue is now longer and has lesser padding compared to the previous model, giving an improved fit.

They also updated the height of the heel, lowering it a little bit on the back side around the ankle which addresses the abrasion issue on skater’s heel and ankle. Ultimately, the updated Vans Rowley Pro utilizes the removable UltraCush HD that gives exceptional comfort.

Vans is among the shoe companies that started in Anaheim, California in March 1966. It was James and Paul Van Doren, together with their friends Serge D’Elia, and Gordon Lee who established the company. They began as a striving company that manufactured custom shoes on an order-now-pay-later basis.

As time passed, Vans was able to catch the attention of skateboarders who appreciated the footwear’s durability and functionality. Since then, the company has produced numerous silhouettes and launched them in the market. In 2004, Vans announced its merger with VF Corporation.

One of the Vans functional skate sneakers is the Rowley Pro. It is Geoff Rowley's first signature shoe. It was initially released in 1999 but was taken off the shelf in 2007 because of some production problems. The sneaker wasn’t skating the way it was initially intended. Vans made some technical upgrades to bring the shoe up to speed.

After fixing all the technical issues, the low-profile Vans Rowley Pro was relaunched in January 2013. It has a synthetic nubuck upper that still gives enough breathability. It has vulcanized outsoles that offer optimum traction.

  • The sneaker showcases the iconic Vans Sidestripe which can be seen on the sides.
  • The “Vans Off The Wall” branding is found at the heel of the shoe.

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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.