We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A large percentage of the respondents highly recommended the Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V.
  • The easy to wear features of this kick has been mentioned several times in the reviews.
  • Most buyers shared that this kick has exceptional comfort that can be used for the all-day on and off the board cruising.
  • Many liked the stylish look of this kick that can go well with any casual ensemble.
  • The Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool Velcro runs true to size.
  • This shoe fits snugly for the few reviewers.
  • A very versatile sneaker shared many buyers. Some even disclosed that this is their favorite go-to kick and planning to purchase another same pair in a different colorway.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer disclosed about the color discrepancy posted online and on the actual Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V.
  • A couple of critics complained that this sneaker is hard to maintain and easily gets wet.

Bottom line

Stirred from the four-decade-old Vans silhouette, the Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V features timeless look pumped up with the easy to slip on and off fastening system. Dressed in sturdy materials resting atop a flexible and durable outsole, this shoe is a surefire hit for fanatics who are devoted to classic look while fancying refurbished facets.

This model is commendable for its precise take on its predecessor's comfort and durability while delivering fresh look with a price point that is within the affordable price range.


Both genders can enjoy the comfort and stylish look of the Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V. For comfortable and snug strides, men can choose from sizes 3.5 to 13 while women have a size range of 5 to 14.5 US in medium width. The hook and loop fastening system of this model allows the wearers to have a breeze in putting it on and off. Meanwhile, the lightly padded collar and insole deliver slight comfort and support around the ankle while wearers are doing the hardcore flips and tricks on and off the board.

The low-top Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V delivers a sleek profile that is apt for the casual street wearing or hardcore skateboarding use. It is made of durable canvas and suede upper accented with the signature leather side stripe and the single foxing tape for authentic throwback style. The hook and loop closure and the red 'Off the Wall' heel patch add striking style for a laid-back vibe.

Most users wear the Suede Canvas Old Skool V with loose denim jeans, jogger pants, rolled-up trousers, skinnies, or even with a pair of rugged shorts. For authentic Thrashers look, some finish off their overall guise with unbuttoned plaid polo over a white t-shirt and accessorized with a trucker cap.

The three Velcro straps on the forefoot set the Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V remarkable for the majority of the reviewers and onlookers. This hook and loop fastening system allows quick slip on and off access perfect for buyers who want to spend less time in wearing sneakers. With that, wearers will spend less time fixing their shoe and more time looking awesome.

Brothers Paul Van Doren and Jan Van Doren kicked off their shoe company Van Doren Rubber Company in California, together with their trusted friends Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. The brand first aimed at manufacturing durable footwear with voguish and on-trend style. The brand's first shoe launched was made of a thick rubber sole with Duck Canvas upper, which was considered the most robust material anyone could utilize during that time.

Later on, Vans footwear was seen sported by many Thrashers which eventually coined the word "House of Vans" in the early 70s. In 1976, the "Off the Wall" slogan unveiled which was originated from the skaters who flipped and jumped with their boards in empty pools.

1978 was the year when the Old Skool silhouette was introduced to the public. It was originally called the Style # 36 and displayed leather panel and durable suede toebox. The Old Skool was the first to display the Vans Side Stripe called the "jazz stripe," the result of a casual doodle of Paul Van Doren.

Years passed, Vans was able to reach the casual wearer's domain and used the Old Skool model as their canvas for their creativity. It was in 2004 when the brand unveiled the customized pair for a more personalized touch. In the 80s, Vans reached its popularity as many celebrities, rock stars, and hip-hop personalities were seen sporting this kick. Also in the same decade, various collaborations were released which gave a paramount turn in the sneakers history.

Since it was launched, the Old Skool silhouette has undergone various renovations to cater to its diverse followers. The Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V was unveiled as the Velcro edition of the classic profile. It features low-top silhouette with three Velcro straps for easy on and off and dressed in canvas and suede upper, inserted with padded collars and the Vans' signature waffle pattern outsole.

  • This product weighs 510 grams.
  • The Vans Suede Canvas Old Skool V has a reliable and durable vulcanized rubber outsole with the waffle tread pattern for flexible, grippy sole.
  • The cotton drill lining delivers superb ventilation and boosts the overall comfort.
  • The die-cut EVA insert improves the overall comfort of this sneaker.
  • The Vans logo is found on the tongue and the heel.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.