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The Vans x Marvel Old Skool Avengers is a unisex skate shoe in men's sizes. Take note that everyone can dabble in both men and women's sizes freely as long as you've figured out your correct size. It utilizes the traditional lace-up system for a lockdown and secure fit. Padded collars and footbed provide in-step comfort and extra cushioning.

Be one with the forces of good as you put these low-top sneakers on. Let Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man's signature bold colors and symbols express your love for these characters. Its loud design would be perfect for dress-up parties or on a casual day to help you stand out from the crowd.

  Men’s Styling Tips

Pair it in a monochromatic outfit to let the sneaker be the highlight of your look on a casual day, or if you feel like pledging full allegiance to the defenders of the Marvel Universe then matching it with Marvel-themed apparel is the best way to go. Now you can spread your affinity for superheroes one detail at a time with this heroic design.

  Women’s Styling Tips

The ladies could opt for a dress, a skirt, or a pair of shorts to make way for the Vans x Marvel Old Skool Avengers skate shoes' design to stand out. Going for a neutral colored ensemble could also help in avoiding clashing of colors and prints. Lastly, you could complement these kicks with matching Avengers shirt for the ultimate Marvel fan ensemble.

The Vans x Marvel Avengers Old Skool's upper is crafted from a combination of suede and canvas and comes clothed in the OG Avengers' signature colors and emblems. Thor's wings are placed on the shoe's sidewalls while Hulk's colors of green and purple grace the midsole, collar, and outsole. Captain America's shield is displayed on the heel counter while his signature blue color is the toebox area's main hue. Lastly, its tongue displays Iron Man's chest with the famous Arc Reactor.

The Old Skool's iconic silhouette is another noteworthy element that makes consumers consider this shoe. Equipped with reinforced toecaps for longer wear and UltraCush insoles for in-step comfort, these essential features make this kick a hit design-wise and function-wise.

The footwear company Van Doren Rubber Company debuted in 1966 in Anaheim, California. It is the brainchild of brothers Jim Van Doren and Paul Van Doren in partnership with Gordon Lee and Serge D'Elia. The brand, which was changed later on to Vans, was introduced via a retail store that opened on March 16, 1966. The brand had initially planned to produce casual beach shoes, but fate had a better plan, as skateboarders from Santa Monica and Venice started to become one of their main clientele.

Recognized as one of the most well-received sneakers today, the Vans Old Skool is a crowd-pleaser due to its iconic design, budget-friendly price, simple style, and cultural significance. But before all the recognition, the sneaker was initially called the Style #36. Introduced in 1977, it was Vans' first skate model that integrated leather and displayed the now iconic Sidestripe logo. Skateboarders loved it for its enhanced durability and grippy outsoles that provide excellent board control.

The 80s and 90s were decades that built upon the Old Skool's reputation. The DIY trend defined the 80s and Vans took this as a cue and started a customization option for their customers. The brand provided a wide variety of the shoe's materials which customers mixed and matched to create and express their character. The 90s, on the other hand, saw the Old Skool's transition into mainstream popularity as celebrities, musicians, and collaborators started to patronize it.

Marvel, the comic giant and publishing company has been partnering up with the skate brand for a number of collections in the past. The two brands teamed up on a previous footwear collection in 2013, and five years later, in June 2018, the Vans x Marvel partnership have delivered another round of goods for the die-hard fanatics.

This new range is made up of 70 pieces including footwear, apparel, and accessories. It is the biggest superhero collection released by far. It features various designs of socks, bags, caps, and tops, while the selected shoe models for this latest collection comprises of time-tested silhouettes such as the SK8-Hi, the Authentic, the Old Skool, and the Slip-On.

Each footwear comes decked in different themes. The Old Skool, in particular, dons the symbols and colors of the original members of the Avengers. Thor's wings grace the sidewalls while Iron Man's Arc Reactor is placed on the tongue. The silhouette is only available in one iteration unlike the SK8- Hi and the Authentic.

  Other Shoe Designs

Apart from the Old Skool, different iconic silhouettes have made the collection. The Authentic comes in two designs: a comic collage of vintage female superheroes and heads of various old school characters. The Slip-On, on the other hand, is offered in three styles: Spider-Man, Checkerboard Hulk, and Black Widow. Last but not the least, the SK8-Hi is available in three character options: Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Deadpool.

The Old Skool has been around for more than four decades and with its established reputation collaborations are inevitable. Some of the latest brands and personalities who offered their creative interpretation on the iconic shoe are the following: ATCQ (A Tribe Called Quest), Peanuts, NASA, Mastermind Japan, Disney, and END. While the most expensive Old Skool collaborations are Supreme and Golf Wang,

  Celebrities who were Spotted Wearing the Old Skool

Forty years later, the Old Skool experienced a sudden boom of popularity and was considered the it-sneaker. A flock of celebrities and personalities were seen rocking a pair during their leisure time. Some of these figures are Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, Kristen Stewart, Kourtney Kardashian, Olivia Wilde, Julia Roberts, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, and Big Sean. This helped the sneaker catapult to fame as it reached a wider audience and following.

  • Consumers have dubbed this colorway as the “What the Avengers.” The term “what the” in shoes is used by sneaker fans for colorways or designs that they find weird or borderline unattractive.
  • Graphic design of characters is displayed on the inside of the shoe.
  • Some have nicknamed this pair as the Marvel Avengers x Vans Old Skool or Marvel x Vans Old Skool.
  • This sneaker is considered the highlight of the collection for its unique and amalgam-type design.
  • The Vans classic waffle tread rubber outsole provides excellent grip.
  • Flat shoelaces with matching color as the eyelets are provided.
  • All these sit atop a vulcanized sole which provides flexibility and durability.


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