Designed by our Vans founder Paul Van Doren, Old Skools first hit the streets in 1977. The first shoe to include a side stripe in its design, the casual low-top style and ‘jazz stripe’ of Old Skools has since become iconic.
With multiple panels made up of various materials and blank, thick rubber soles, part of Old Skools’ popularity was the fact they were highly customisable. By simply taking out a black pen and writing their name across their shoes, skateboarders, punk rockers and other Vans lovers could make their Old Skools their own.
The iconic design and customisable style of Old Skools are what continues to make them popular today. So whether you’re about to buy your first pair or you’re already an Old Skool fan, here’s all you need to know about this versatile trainer.