Sneaker Spotlight: Vans Old Skool

When it comes to sneakers, nothing separates your design from the rest of the competition more than a distinctive logo or marking on the side panel. Every brand has their own unique way of claiming ownership of their designs. One of the simplest, yet easily recognizable designs is the Vans side stripe.

Vans Old SkoolVans Old Skool uploaded by gabrielwfer

Style 36 or as we all know it the Vans Old Skool. Before the Old Skool originally released, Vans founder Paul Van Doren was looking for a way to help distinguish Vans shoes from other brands like adidas and Nike, who already had recognizable logos. Van Doren was known as a doodler, and always had a pencil and pad close, he drew up the simple wave-like side stripe and called it the “jazz stripe.” The Vans side stripe originally appeared on the now iconic, Style 36 aka Old Skool, in 1977, which just so happened to be Vans very first leather skate shoe.

Vans Old Skool SoleWaffle sole of the Vans Old Skool uploaded by we did it in style**

Vans Old Skool Tony AlvaVans Old Skool Mid Tony Alva Edition uploaded by G

The Old Skool has continued to be one of the most popular models for Vans over the last 35 years. The low-cut silhouette paired with the famous waffle sole that helped establish skate shoes as their own identity in the 1970s and 1980s, was also one of the shoes worn by legendary skateboarders Stacy Peralta and Steve Alva. It later released in mid-cut versions, and has been a part of many tribute designs that pay homage to Vans’ history. An excellent example is the Tony Alva Vans Old Skool Mid seen above, which released in 2010.

Circle Jerks x Vans Old Skool uploaded by chuckvansCircle Jerks x Vans Old Skool uploaded by ChuckVans

Now in its 35th year of production, the Vans Old Skool continues to be a popular choice for artists that work with Vans as part of their artist series, like the Circle Jerks design seen above. In addition, the Old Skool is often chosen for collaborations like the Supreme NYC release seen below. While it would be impossible to choose an absolute favorite model from the Vans catalog, the Old Skool, with its history and continued relevance, is undoubtedly one of our favorites.

Vans Old Skool uploaded by we did it in style**Supreme x Vans Old Skool Bad Brains series uploaded by we did it in style**

Vans Old Skool Checkerboard LE uploaded by GVans Old Skool Checkerboard LE uploaded by G

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