Who should buy the Vans Skate Old Skool

Shedding the Pro off its name, the Vans Skate Old Skool delivers the same greatness with some cool new upgrades thrown in. If you're very much attracted to it, you must be:

  • Looking for a plush skate-inspired kick that lasts longer than most.
  • A collector of versatile shoes in both style and function.
  • Quite particular with surefootedness on various surfaces.

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Who should not buy it

If the Skate Old Skool's stiffness is worrisome to you, check out the supple-from-the-off Vans Wayvee. Also, you might want to trade this sneaker for the Half Cab if in case you have broad toes.

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Another Vans hit in the area of comfort

Vans Skate Old Skool recruits are loving how the PoshCush insole provides incredible comfort. It also “softens the impact,” resulting in fewer risks of shock-related injuries.

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The Skate Old Skool's stickier outsole

Skaters praise the Skate Old Skool's modified gum sole and the enhanced traction it provides.

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A doozy closure system

Pleased wear-testers revel in the shoe's internal tongue strap as it “holds the foot securely.”

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Works with your wardrobe

It's among the classy Vans sneakers that users find easy to pair with casual and semi-formal attires.

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Vans Skate Old Skool: A gentle mule

Riders are finding this version more long-lasting than the Old Skool Pro. Its double rubber foxing and a layer of support under the suede toe give the shoe an extended shelf life.

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More plank-like than most

Its sole reinforcements make this iteration more rigid than most Old Skools. It somehow feels like “wearing boards.”

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Exceptional stability

The shank sandwiched between its layers underfoot makes this kick quite stable for “skateboarding and longboarding.”

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Not just for style points

Canvas sneaker buyers adore its multi-use charm. Aside from skateboarding, they find it perfect for traveling, walking, and biking.

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What’s new in this Old Skool? 

Responsive cushioning. UltraCush gets upgraded with a PopCush removable insole, offering superior cushioning and impact protection. What’s superb about this foam is its polyurethane construction, which provides added shock absorption. 

Upper security. Internal tongue straps are added to this version. They keep the tongue centered and provide a snug fit. 

Clingier and more durable outsole. SickStick gum rubber compound, initially used in the Rowan Pro, delivers more grip and durability than the original gum rubber. The depth of the waffle tread is deeper to prevent it from smoothing or blowing out too soon.

Reinforced rubber. The Duracap rubber is placed in high-wear zones to prevent the shoe from blowing out through repeated abuse and friction. A two-part foxing rubber extends to the upper's bottom edges for added protection against the skateboard's coarseness. The toe bumper also has a deeper knurl texture for a longer-lasting grip during flips.

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Facts / Specs

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

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