Size and fit

The Vans Old Skool Suede is available in men's and women's sizes. This pair has a lace-up fastening system with tonal flat laces for a secure fit. The collar and tongue are sufficiently padded for comfort with every stride.

Vans Suede Old Skool Style

Shoes in the Vans Old Skool collection display a classic skateboarding silhouette that has been storming the market since its release four decades ago. The all suede upper makes the Suede Old Skool iteration distinct from its precursor. It is dressed in a premium suede upper with reinforcements and sits atop a vulcanized thick rubber midsole for that retro vibe.

The simple, clean, and straightforward look of this shoe allows this to be easily styled. Most wearers sport this casual sneaker with joggers, shorts, baggy pants, and even activewear. Some ladies don their Suede Old Skool with their dresses or skirts to add contrast to their feminine look.

Notable Features

The timeless silhouette of the Vans Suede Old Skool gives this shoe a striking feature. The street-ready look enhanced with durable materials and the iconic jazz stripe makes this shoe noteworthy, especially for many old-school style enthusiasts.

Vans Suede Old Skool History

On March 16, 1966, brothers Paul Van Doren and Jan Van Doren opened a shoe company in California together with their friends, Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique during that time as it manufactured and sold shoes on the same day on the same premises.

The first Vans shoes were made with a thick sole, and the upper is made of Duck Canvas number 10, which is considered the strongest anyone could buy during that time. The company aimed at creating footwear that is sturdy and easy to style.

The House of Vans was coined by skateboarders during the early 70s. The Thrashers liked the rugged style and sticky rubber outsole of the primary issues of Vans.  The "Off the Wall" logo of Vans debuted in 1976.

In 1978 Vans Style #36 or the Old Skool was introduced in the market as Van's first skate shoe with a leather panel and suede toe box for durability. It was the first Vans kick to display the unmistakable trademark Side Stripe of the Vans. This iconic logo design was the result of a random doodle of Paul Van Doren and also called the "jazz stripe."

The first Old Skool was released in three colorways. By the 80s, sneaker enthusiasts used this silhouette to express their creativity. Several fans began customizing their shoes to express themselves and worked as an integral part of Van's history. In 2004, Vans launched the Customs, which allows their buyers to personalize their pair online and have it delivered straight to their doors.

In the 90s, the Vans were not only seen worn by skaters but also by rock stars, celebrities, and hip-hop personalities. Various collaborations were born during this decade which created a pivotal movement in the history of sneaker collaborations.

Before the 70s ended, Vans built 70 stores in California, and shoes were sold locally and worldwide. However, the company filed for bankruptcy in 1984 because of the full range of products they offered to the market that drained their resources. In 1987, the company was able to recover from bankruptcy and paid all the debts.

In the 90s, Vans shifted from a manufacturing company to a marketing company. They started sponsoring big sporting events and athletes. They also launched their apparel that serves a wide array of consumers. 50 years since it was initially launched, the company is now selling $400 million annually.

The Vans Old Skool re-emerged in the current market to cater to the young and old generations. Its low-cut profile with a waffle rubber sole was substantially associated with the skaters during the 70s and 80s and was worn by legendary skateboarders like Stacy Peralta and Steve Alva. Various modifications were released in the market to pay homage to the colorful history of the Vans.

Additional Info

  • The Suede Vans Old Skool is made of padded tongue and collar to boost the comfort for all-day wearing.
  • It has a leather lining to boost comfort and durability.
  • The signature waffle-pattern vulcanized rubber outsole enhances the ground traction.
  • The low-top design was intended to maximize the freedom of movement at the ankle.


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