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8 reasons to buy

  • The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro provides excellent support, per lots of testers. 
  • Its grip impressed many users.
  • Many buyers appreciate the fresh look and style given to the classic Half Cab Pro silhouette.
  • Some loyal Vans followers notice that this collaborative shoe is as high quality-made as other Vans Cab sneakers.
  • Lots of wearers note that the insoles of this shoe are very cushy. 
  • The majority of reviewers mention that the Half Cab Pro from Vans and Independent fits and feels great on foot.  
  • Several reviewers highly recommend this mid-top shoe for skating. 
  • Some skateboarders mention that this collaborative release is a great way to honor Steve Caballero and his legacy in the skate community. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro is only available in one colorway. 
  • Some buyers express difficulty acquiring a pair of this Vans x Independent collab shoe because it quickly solds out.

Bottom line

Skate brands Vans and Independent Truck Co. released a collaborative upgrade to the classic Vans Half Cab Pro skate shoes through the Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro. Designed with better performance and striking aesthetics, it left nothing but good impressions to wearers - skating or not.

The shoe features a combination of leather and twill on the upper and a single-wrap foxing tape. Also worth noting are the UltraCush HD sock liners and Pro Vulc Lite construction for superior board feel, impact protection, and flexible ride. 



Top: Mid
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Independent
Collection: Vans Cab
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Others, Suede
Price: $80
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The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro model is a skate shoe with an adjustable lace closure. The mid-top profile of this skate shoe gives wearers sufficient ankle support without too much restriction. 

The Half Cab Pro from the Independent x Vans collaboration manages to stay true to the classic heritage of the Half Cab Pro model. At the same time, it also flaunts unique features that give a nod to the skate truck manufacturer’s skateboarding legacy. 

The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro dress blues/demitasse comes mainly in blue canvas/suede panels with hints of brown on the collar and sides and Independent brandings on the heel and midsole. 

Pro skater Steve Caballero’s Half Cab Pro silhouette received a unique upgrade in a collaboration between Vans and Independent Truck Company. The collaborative model retains that signature features of the pro upgrade to the classic Vans Half Cab but revamped with design details inspired by the skate truck manufacturer. In particular, the Independent’s signature cross logo adorns the heel part of the midsole while the word “Independent” further enhances the design detail at the heel.

Introduced in 2007 by the brand known for its "Off the Wall" tagline is an upgraded pro version of the classic Vans Half Cab silhouette - the Vans Half Cab Pro.

The Half Cab Pro flaunts design upgrades that give better skate performance than its predecessor. Vans opted to take away the vulcanized construction of the Half Cab and replace it with a cup sole for improved impact protection and cushioning, additional support, and superior grip. 

In 2018, the Half Cab Pro made its way to be part of a well-celebrated collaboration between Vans and Independent Truck Company or Independent Trucks, a California-based manufacturer of skateboard trucks. The shoe is called the Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro. 

  • Skateboard trucks are part of skateboards that hold the wheels. They are also called “Indy.”
  • The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro also features DURACAP reinforcement rubber underlays for increased durability. 


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