Expect flexible support from this shoe’s waxed canvas upper and padded collar. The low-top construction, on the one hand, provides unrestrained ankle movement. A unisex sneaker, the Vans Washed Canvas Old Skool generally fits true to size and is available in medium width with sizes ranging from 3.5 men’s/5 women’s to 10 men’s/11.5 women’s.
This low-top may look a little worn-out due to its washed canvas-made upper. Its somewhat shabby appearance, though, is its characteristic feature that makes this model unique and desirable. Add the textured, white vulcanized sole and the white leather Vans Sidestripe on the sides and you get a shoe that gives off an enticing laid-back flair that easily complements a variety of outfits.
Tracksuits, leggings and shorts look great with these kicks if you’re just planning to have a stroll of the city. For a somewhat upscaled look, the Washed Canvas Old Skool would also look great with a knitted, loose sweater and a short skirt or a pair of jeans, a plain shirt and a coat.
Although instantly recognized for its distressed look brought about by its washed canvas material, it’s its Old Skool anatomy that makes this shoe a certified dazzler. Without the hallmark Sidestripe, the “Off the Wall” emblem and the all-too-familiar vulcanized rubber sole with its signature waffle tread, this shoe wouldn’t have been as appealing as it is.
Back in the days, Vans kicks didn’t bear any distinguishing mark except for the plain, no-frills Vans flag stitched on the side of their shoes. In the year 1976, however, the brand finally came up with its trademark logos. First to make an entry is the Vans iconic slogan/insignia “Off the Wall.” A year after, the famous Sidestripe debuted.
The Sidestripe, initially dubbed as the “jazz stripe,” was a random scribble by the brand’s co-founder Paul Van Doren. Style #36, now popularly known as the Old Skool, was the first Vans shoe to bear it. Released in 1977, aside from launching the logo, this skate shoe was also the first to incorporate leather panels for enhanced durability.
Over 40 years have passed and the Old Skool’s style has barely changed. Still giving off a cool vibe with its padded collar, low-cut profile and lace-up design, this go-to shoe of BMX riders and skaters have also been spotted on the feet of celebrity trendsetters like Julia Roberts, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky.
To date, this retro is among Vans most sought-after styles. LIke any other in-demand footwear in the market, this sneaker’s offering has also expanded exponentially. The Vans Washed Canvas Old Skool is just one among its numerous renditions. While it adorns itself with a washed canvas upper, the rest of the classic’s DNA is kept untouched.
- Toe caps are re-enforced to withstand repeated wear.
- Vulcanized sole with waffle tread pattern offers excellent board feel and grip.
- Some models come with a striped midsole.
- Other renditions include rope laces while some just have the flat white laces.
- Lacing system comes with metal grommets. This helps unlace and lace-up the shoes quickly.