Size and fit

Vans Yacht Club Old Skool shoes are designed to be unisex. These kicks feature a traditional lace-up closure system to provide a customizable fit. The suede and canvas uppers provide enough medial and lateral hold and support. 

Vans Yacht Club Old Skool Style

The various colors of the Old Skool Yacht Club by Vans may look daunting to wear, but they aren’t. The different shades actually help to get the sneakers to blend effortlessly with whatever outfit you have on. Some style tips:

  • Grey joggers, an oversized sweatshirt, and the Vans Old Skool Yacht Club on your feet will look nice as streetwear look. 
  • Blue jeans, a colorful tee, a button-up denim shirt, a hooded jacket and Old Skool Yacht Club kicks by Vans make for a laidback, chill style.

Notable Features

The beloved retros are back in a more colorful package. Purists will have no cause to find fault with the kicks as the vivid color-blocked panels are the only updates thrown in and do not compromise with the classic construction. The sneakers contain all the same features you loved from the original such as the padded collars, waffle outsoles, leather linings, reinforced toecaps, and the combination of suede and canvas uppers. 

Vans Yacht Club Old Skool History

The story of the Vans Old Skool model is almost as old as the history of the company itself. The Vans company preceded Style #36 by only 11 years. In 1977, Style #36 came out. It was particularly memorable because it was the first Vans model that used leather in its uppers.

The Old Skool’s story is one steeped in urban culture, the rock movement, the skating community, and fashion. It’s one that has grown over the multiple decades since it was first released.

During the 80s, personalizing stuff was a huge thing. And this creativity soon became focused towards the Old Skool. The canvas and suede panels that made up the Old Skool’s uppers offered kids plenty of opportunities to express themselves and their art. It became ordinary to see the youth walking around in their vividly-colored and customized Old Skools.

Come the 90s, the public’s interest shifted to the classics. And since by then the Old Skool was already considered a classic, this attention naturally covered the silhouette. The 90s was also a period of change in the way people viewed sneakers and fashion. The brand collaborated with designers such as Marc Jacobs and brought high-end fashion to the public.

This era was also the start of a long-standing partnership between the brand and Supreme. In fact, the first collab of the two was on the Old Skool silhouette. Released in three colorways, the first launch focused on simplicity and timelessness which differs greatly from their recent releases.

The 21st century was the time for athletes and bands—at least when it came to sneakers. The Old Skool was picked up by the rock movement and began popping up inside clubs and on stages—worn on the feet of the band members themselves followed by their faithful fans. Since the rock movement was huge back then, Vans decided to follow the trend and collaborate with Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Bad Religion, among others.

Right after the band movement, BMX riding and skateboarding became the new thing. Although the two sports have been around for a long time, their popularity reached an all-time high during the 22nd century. And this interest was not confined in the USA only but in other parts of the world as well.

Based on these changing trends, one thing remains constant, and that is the Old Skool. Interest in the model doesn’t seem to be letting up, and it looks like it will stay for a few more decades.

  Some iterations of the Old Skool

Brands usually play around with popular silhouettes and frequently release reinterpretations of the core model. This holds true for the Old Skool. Vans has launched numerous editions of the classic, and most of them were very well-received by the public. Here are a few:

Vans Gum Old Skool - The emphasis of this model is on the gum soles. The new edition gave the old silhouette a more updated and polished look but retained much of the beloved Old Skool characteristics.

Vans C&L Old Skool - The Vans brand played around with the retro model and added leather touches to the old reliable canvas. Sidestripes and heel counters were decked out in matching colors of leather to provide a startling contrast to the canvas uppers. Linings bore fun prints. The result is stylish and more formal-looking shoes that can be brought to more places than the casual skate park.

Vans Old Skool Pro - The Old Skool Pro model is a 2016 release that was launched along with a few others to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. Old Skool Pros are essentially upgraded versions of the retro shoes. From non-removable insoles, Vans changed it to removable and gave them more padding. The company also added rubber underlays, DURACAP toes, and UltraCush HD sockliners.

  Vans Old Skool Yacht Club sneakers

Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the Vans Yacht Club Old Skool which is one of the most recent versions. The shoes were released in the first quarter of 2018 as part of the “Yacht Club” pack which plays on the nautical theme. Color-blocked panels of blue, red, yellow, and green come together on the shoes’ canvas uppers. White Sidestripes, soles, and laces tie up the whole look nicely.

Additional Info

  • Vans retails the kicks at a very affordable rate
  • The shoe is one of the most favorite among skaters.


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