What are the 6 features that Vans’ popular sneaker “Old School” boasts? And the hottest coordinates!


What are the 6 features that Vans' popular sneaker "Old School" boasts? And the hottest coordinates!

Among Vans sneakers, “Old Skool” is a classic that everyone knows. It has various long-loved details including the iconic jazz stripe on the side panel. In this issue, we focus on the Vans “Old Skool,” introducing its charm and coordinating examples!

Vans, America’s leading sneaker brand

Vans is a famous brand of sneakers that is hard to find anyone in Japan who does not know about it. The brand name “Vans” also means “Van and his friends. The first model developed was the “AUTHENTIC,” which is still a popular standard model today. At that time, the model was not yet named, but the founders manufactured shoes for customers on a custom-order basis using the Authentic as the base model.

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It was around the 1970s that Vans sneakers became established as “an item for skaters. Skaters such as Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, who would later become skating legends, began wearing authentic shoes customized by themselves. In 1976, the “ERA” model was introduced based on their modified specifications, and in 1978, the “Old School” model with leather panels on the sides was born. The following year, in 1979, the “CLASSIC SLIP-ON” was released and became a big hit in Southern California. It was enthusiastically supported by skaters and BMX riders as “a shoe you can wear and skateboard in no time. The amazing thing about Vans is that all of these models released over 40 years ago are still selling well. They are widely accepted not only by skaters but also by men and women of all ages.

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Vans’ “Old School” is a classic that debuted as a revolutionary sneaker with leather side panels!

The Old School debuted in 1977. It was the first to feature the side stripe that still symbolizes Vans today, and was born as the “Style 36. The leather side panels were a groundbreaking experiment that had never been attempted on a sneaker before. In the 1980s, Vans offered a service that allowed customers to select panels and materials to suit their individual tastes. In the 1980s, the company offered a service that allowed customers to select panels and materials to suit their individual tastes. The Old School, which employed many parts, including the jazz stripe, gave rise to a nearly infinite number of color and pattern combinations. Although more and more manufacturers nowadays offer customizable products, Vans is truly a pioneer in this field. They formed the customization culture more than 30 years ago.

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Through a series of collaborative models and minor changes, it has become a long-loved classic sneaker.

Collaborations with artists and other brands, which are indispensable when talking about old school, became prominent around the 1990s. In particular, the collaboration with Marc Jacobs was a major catalyst for Vans’ entry into the realm of haute couture. Vans’ first collaborative collection with Supreme, with whom it still has a relationship, was released in the mid-1990s. Supreme founder James Jebbia pays tribute to the Old Skool, saying “The Old Skool is an iconic and classic skateboard shoe.

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Although Vans is famous for its deep connection with skaters, Old Skool is also a favorite of many punk bands, including Henry Rollins, who led the US punk boom in the 1980s and was seen wearing Old Skools on small stages when he was a teenager Many kids copied him. His collaboration shoes with punk bands such as Bad Religion, Slayer, and Descendents, which have many core fans in Japan, were also a big hit.

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In 2016, the brand released the “OLD SKOOL DX” with updated specifications while keeping the same style, and the “OLD SKOOL OG” as a 50th anniversary model. The wide selection of options, including a variety of collaborative models, is one of the reasons why the brand continues to be supported by a broad range of people.

For the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, Vans released the ” Old Skool OG “, a reissue of the original model

The “OLD SKOOL OG,” released in 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vans, faithfully reproduces the details of the USA MADE model. The use of a slender last, a characteristic of the time, gives it a slightly sleeker impression than previous models. In addition to the short nose upper design, the heel patch is also printed in red on white rubber. The insole is covered with a white patch, and friction tape is used for the side tape to reproduce the manufacturing method of the time. The “50TH ANNIVERSARY” logo on the insole is a vintage design with attention to detail. This model is truly the origin of the old-school style.

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