Size and fit

The Vans Skulls Old Skool is available in both men and women’s sizes. The men’s sizes range from 3.5 to 13 while the ladies can choose from sizes 5 to 14.5. This sneaker fits true to size, based on most of the reviewers’ feedback. It utilizes the traditional lace-up closure system for a lockdown fit.

Vans Skulls Old Skool Style

The Old Skool's iconic design comes clad with edgy skulls that's emblazoned across its midfoot panel. It stays faithful to its predecessor's versatile and simple aesthetic by retaining its original construction while adding a rebellious hint to it through classic skull graphics resulting in an eye-catching appeal.

Its low-top profile and neutral colorway make for easy pairing with a multitude of casual ensembles. The guys can pair it with joggers and a shirt for a laidback casual look, while the ladies can match it with leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts for a more feminine outfit.

Notable Features

Long-time fans of the Old Skool were attracted to this kick due to its unaltered construction and original colorway. From the mix of canvas and suede for its upper to the vulcanized soles and the classic rubber waffle outsoles, the low-top Vans Skulls Old Skool remains true to its lineage. However, the skull graphic lured newer sneakers fans and punk, rock and metal enthusiasts alike.

Vans Skulls Old Skool History

Initially called the "Style 36" when it was introduced in 1977, the Vans Old Skool has since been recognized as one of the brand's most iconic model. It is the company's first leather-crafted skate shoe and the first design to incorporate the Sidestripe logo, which appealed to most skaters for its durability and versatility.

In the 80s, the DIY trend swept youth culture, and the Old Skool proved to be the perfect shoe to express their creativity on due to its multiple panels. Fast-forward to the 90s the shoe became the footwear of choice of many when Julia Roberts was spotted wearing it in the movie Notting Hill.

Since then plenty of versions and style of the Old Skool have been released. One of them is the Vans Skulls Old Skool. The shoe retains the original silhouette and features an edgy addition via skull graphics in the midfoot panel that runs until the collar. It is solely available in one colorway: Black / True White.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is available in Medium width.
  • Its padded collar provides added cushioning and comfort.
  • Reinforced toecaps offer durability against abrasions and tears.
  • It features cushioned insoles for in-step comfort.
  • The vulcanized sole provides great board feel, while the waffle outsoles offer excellent grip.
  • The brand’s Slip-On and SK8-Hi silhouettes also don the same skull graphic design.


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