Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several users praise its pale blue colorway that gives a clean look to the skate-ready Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro.
  • A large number of customers appreciate the durability of the shoe that is perfect for everyday use.
  • The sneaker has excellent impact absorption from the UltraCush HD sockliner that allows the shoe to be taken from casual walk to a massive beating at the skatepark.
  • Some skaters notice that the waffle cupsole improves support without sacrificing the fantastic board feel of a traditional vulcanized Vans.
  • Several users give positive remarks on the durability of the Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro as it doesn’t tear easily on the suede and canvas material of the upper due to the reinforcement placed on high wear areas.
  • Some reviewers are happy with their purchase of this collaboration as it provides comfort and feet protection that lasts all throughout the day.
  • The UltraCush HD removable insole works wonders in giving a bouncier feel to this shoe, a handful of wearers say.
  • Some users say that if the size is selected correctly, the shoe needs no break-in to feel comfortable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers complain of having blisters and sore feet because of the narrow fitting and the flat profile in the toe area.
  • Several customers say that the sneaker easily wears out from the midsole and in the outsole quickly after a few uses compared to other Vans sneakers.
  • While it is made of canvas and suede and that the color looks perfect for the hot summer months, a few users say the upper fabric is not breathable.

Bottom line

The collaborative low-top design with Spitfire allows wearers to combine style and functionality. The Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro is inspired by Spitfire’s Flame Head logo with the summer-ready pale blue colorway. 

While it seemed to be a decent purchase at $80 per pair, some are disappointed with the kick because of its narrow fit that could cause discomfort at times. Others also complained that while it might look better at the exterior, it also rapidly shows signs of wearing or breaking apart after several big rounds of skateboarding.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Spitfire
Collection: Vans Lifestyle Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA
Price: $80
Colorways: Blue
Size
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The unique collaborative sneaker comes in a low-top silhouette with the revolutionary Wafflecup construction with the support of a cupsole that does not set aside the traditional grip or board feel of a vulcanized shoe. The Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro is kept secured by regular flat laces.

The pale blue low-top sneaker with custom collaboration labeling is a testament to the stylish grinds of Kyle Walker. The silhouette was given a Spitfire treatment to reflect the legacy left behind by the Spitfire skateboarding team bearing the Flame head signature logo.

Wear the lightly colored sneaker while sun-soaked during the spring and summer months. The shoe can be styled with khaki shorts or beach-ready shorts. The stylish footwear works well with light colored clothes or in same colored clothing or a monochromatic look for men in either the tone of light blue or pastel tones that are not too flashy enough to overshadow the stylishness of the Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro.

On the spotlight of the collaboration between Vans and heritage skating label Spitfire on the Kyle Walker Pro is the UltraCush HD impact sockliner that enhances board feel while providing superior impact cushioning. The design also features a Duracap reinforcement on high wear areas of the suede and canvas upper.

American shoe manufacturer Vans has long been at the forefront of the skateboarding shoe manufacturing scene with the release of iconic silhouettes like the Vans Authentic, Era, SK8-Hi among others. Through the years the brand has also collaborated with the crème de la crème of the skating world with the likes of Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Anthony Van Engelen, and recently rookie pro-skater Kyle Walker releasing signature shoes with the brand.

Known for his smooth grinds, the pro-skater from Oklahoma also known as KWalks was named Skater of The Year by Thrasher magazine in 2016. He also released his signature shoe with Vans that same year with the Kyle Walker Pro. The signature model had suede and canvas material in the upper with skate-ready features to provide the highest level of impact cushioning. These include a signature waffle cup construction and UltraCush HD sockliners for impact protection and improved grip and board feel. The Kyle Walker pro also featured Duracap reinforcement in high wear areas for unmatched durability that lasts.

Meanwhile, in time for Spring 2018, Vans teamed up with heritage skate label Spitfire for a series of shoes and clothing. The collaboration aims to honor past spitfire members that included Kyle Walker, Anthony Van Engelen, Chima Ferguson, and John Cardiel. Among the models that were given a range of soft color treatment were the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite, Kyle Walker Pro, Chima Pro 2 and an Era Pro. The sneakers also featured the Burn Forever theme of Spitfire label together with clothing that reflected the skateboarding lifestyle.

  • White Vans side stripes in contrast to the pale blue canvas and suede upper.
  • Waffle cupsole construction improves grip while retaining board feel.
  • The low-top Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro has a particular collaborative label at the tongue.
  • A few perforations can be found at the front upper for added breathability.
  • Removable UltraCush HD sockliner allows customization while delivering superior impact protection.

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