Classics Since Forever
Our collection of Vans both in store and online highlights the brand’s most classic silhouettes, each a shoe that has been a hallmark of innovators, disruptors, creatives, and freethinkers for decades. They’re shoes that are made to be skated.
All New Skate Classics: Built Extra Tough on the Inside For Skateboarding. Completely redesigned for modern skateboarding, the all-new Skate Classics collection delivers more of what skateboarders need to enable maximum progression. The repositioned DURACAP™ reinforced underlays and fully redesigned uppers, combined with a new two-part foxing tape that features a deeper knurl pattern on the toe, make the new Classics durable enough to withstand daily skateboarding abuse. For more board control, the new molded heel counter and internal tongue straps lock in your feet. Even the gum rubber sole that made Vans famous has been elevated with the SICKSTICK™ rubber compound to deliver more grip and boardfeel. Plus, POPCUSH™ energy return sockliners provide superior cushioning and impact protection while helping to lessen leg fatigue for longer skate sessions. Internal heel stiffeners have also been added to provide more support and stability.
• INCREASED DURABILITY - DURACAP™ reinforced materials, deeper knurl texture on the toe bumpers, and higher sidewall heights provide a more heritage look with increased durability and protection.
• FULLY REDESIGNED UPPERS - Reconstructed with a molded heel counter and internal tongue straps for a locked-in fit and more board control.
• LEGENDARY GRIP - Our new, proprietary SickStickTM gum rubber compound is our stickiest rubber yet.
• POPCUSH CUSHIONING - Our best cushioning and impact protection. POPCUSH™ energy return footbeds protect your feet while helping to lessen leg fatigue for longer skate sessions.
The new Skate Old Skool’s updated foxing tape and sturdy suede and canvas uppers give you the iconic look you want while bringing all the performance benefits skateboarders demand. And be sure to look for the new checkerboard flag on the side to guarantee that you’re getting the best in style and modern skateboarding performance.
Vans Style 36, now known as the Old Skool, debuted in 1977 and was the first Vans shoe to use the now famous Vans Sidestripe. Originally referred to as the "jazz stripe," the Sidestripe began as a random doodle created by Paul Van Doren and is now an unmistakable hallmark of the Vans brand and its Vans Classic line. The Old Skool™ has a rich history of being adopted by people with a rebellious spirit, becoming a staple among street skaters in the ’90s and a go-to for hardcore punk legends as a symbol of creative defiance.
The new Skate Half Cab’s updated foxing tape, along with a mix of sturdy suede and 6 oz and 10 oz canvas uppers, gives you the iconic look you want while bringing all the performance benefits skateboarders demand. And be sure to look for the new checkerboard flag at the back to guarantee that you’re getting the best in style and modern skateboarding performance.
The new Skate Sk8-Hi’s updated foxing tape and sturdy suede and canvas uppers give you the iconic look you want while bringing all the performance benefits skateboarders demand. And be sure to look for the new checkerboard flag on the side to guarantee that you’re getting the best in style and modern skateboarding performance.
The Vans Sk8-Hi shoes are an icon for a reason. Building a decades-long reputation in skate culture, the streetwear scene and beyond, the Sk8-Hi has become instantly recognisable, and the shoes have been a staple in the skate and streetwear scene for decades.
They were first released in 1978 when they pioneered the high ankle support and popularised the legendary side stripe (originally known as the “jazz stripe”).
After building a following in the skate and BMX scenes, the Sk8-Hi has transcended its original function and become popular for sneakerheads, fashion enthusiasts and everyone in between. The Vans Sk8-Hi is the original high-top skate shoe. The high, padded ankle support offers protection and stability. The unmistakable rubble waffle outsoles maximise traction. Reinforced toe caps and tough canvas uppers enhance durability. All of these features combine for the ultimate skate shoe, and the distinctive style has become popular far beyond skate culture.
Known as ‘style 38’ when they were originally launched in 1978, the Vans Sk8 became immediately popular within the young, growing skate scene. Designed with the needs of skaters in mind, ankle protection and grip were a revelation within the community. The Sk8-Hi was the second shoe to feature the eye-catching side stripe, and as the shoe became more popular, the “jazz stripe” became an instantly recognisable symbol of the scene.
Becoming a cornerstone of counterculture, the Vans Sk8-Hi shoes spread into the punk music scene and beyond. Decades later, they’ve been seen everywhere, from celebrities on the catwalk to streetwear enthusiasts, remaining a consistent fixture in their original habitat of the skate world. The Vans Skate Sk8-Hi Shoes keep the design of the original, classic shoe and adds a few upgrades. Continuing to develop features for skateboarding, the construction of the shoes is more durable and offers enhanced cushioning and superior protection for the foot and ankle.
Vans Skate Sk8-Hi shoes feature DURACAP™ reinforcement rubber underlays in areas which receive a lot of wear and tear, increasing the longevity of the shoe. Sockliner fabric improves cushioning for a more comfortable experience. The classic waffle sole look is enhanced with Pro Vulc Lite rubber for an unrivalled board feel and grip.
If you buy Vans for skating, the Vans Skate Sk8-Hi is the shoe for you, designed for peak performance on the board.
Inspired by Vans’ beloved original gum rubber formula, Vans introduces the stickiest, grippiest gum sole in the brand’s history. Our new, proprietary gum rubber compound is uniquely calibrated in the sole and foxing to deliver enhanced grip and maximum durability, keeping you on your board and Off The Wall. Only available in Pro Skate, SickStick is tested and approved by the Vans Innovation Team and today’s top skaters from around the world.
The added DURACAP reinforcement rubber underlays in high-wear areas are engineered to withstand the abuse of the vans pro skate team—and by providing lasting durability, save everyday skateboarders time and money.