vintage VANS yellow on blue SK8-MID cut JEFF GROSSO made in usa old skool sk8-hi rare skateboard marine sunflower

 take route (19)66 to vans california & the birth of the sk8 family. #style36 low-cut sk8➡#style37(c)? sk8-mid➡#style38 sk8-hi

the history of the sk8-mid is somewhat blurry. with perhaps only 3 years of made in us production at best, we are yet to confirm the style number however this was at a time circa 1993 when style numbers were becoming superfluous. jeff grosso spearheaded the long anticipated re-release & even modern incarnations are hard to find. there is so much finesse to the original however which is lost on todays mid. as such, these are staying in the vault..... however we do have another strong mens pair available in the coming weeks. don't sleep

vintage vans style #37c(?) sk8-mid
yellow on blue
made in usa circa 1993
size N/A


vintage VANS checkerboard OLD SKOOL style #36 MADE IN USA skate bmx US7 checker

vintage vans style #36 old skool
blue white checkerboard
made in usa circa 1987


style profile; VANS style #36 OLD SKOOL (update) ¬ the nuances & the new answers

we would be repeating ourselves by saying style #36 has never been one of our favourite models & the pattern continues to repeat itself as we fall in love time & again with each original we re-discover. we have also claimed in the past the old skool to have remained relatively unchanged since 1977 however this is only contradicted upon securing an early example which are now very rare. 
 certain design modifications/oversights have occured during the evolution of the #36 since 1977. 
most noticeably was the extended toe box of later models. the departure from van's traditional deck shoe mould & the lacing to the toe of a style #36 offers a more athletic aesthetic which endears itself to trainer/sneaker appeal. wider lace rows meant more of the tongue was visible & suede eyestays could be seen to almost reach the first foxing. (pics via @artifactbags)

accompanying this was the presence of what has become known as the V stitch, sitting under the tail of the sidestripe which was later modified to a single arch. this feature was re-introduced on various late 90's models as vans began to re-visit early terrain. 
in addition to differences in heel tab & heel pads over the years the last structural change was the change from the early straight cut bumper to the later angle cut. we are not exactly sure when many of these changes took place however we will continue to add new updates as we uncover more buried treasure & the evidence thought buried with them.


vintage VANS 2-tone espresson suede solid OLD SKOOL style #36 MADE IN USA school skate US8.5 off the wall

this vans ad from the 00's always makes me laugh. utilising flower-power-ish 60's graphics & a mid 70's image of jay adams to market the style #36 which was not released til the late 70's. oh well, they are all old skool i guess??? 

vintage vans style #36 old skool
solid espresso suede
made in usa circa 1994
new in box


vintage VANS solid navy suede OLD SKOOL style #36 MADE IN USA off the wall 90s school US6

vintage vans style #36 old skool
solid navy suede
made in usa circa 1992

THIS is the collector! ¬ MADE IN USA vintage VANS collector profile

 in honour of dimitri coste, THE pioneering made in usa collector of the last decade, we reveal a new 'app' for the blog profiling fellow collectors around the world. does your vintage vans collection rival all others?
THE original made in usa advocate & his bicycle moto cross inspiration earlier this year at house of vans in berlin
 another frenchman with impeccable taste coming out of paris! it appears he's a connoisseur of style #36 & #38 et al. stoked to see a couple a our pairs made the step up. collectors of the world unite!!

this feature was in attempt to facilitate my man renaud's desire to attend this years vans pool party at at the combi bowl however i have since heard he has his ticket & his dreams have come true! check his collect nonetheless!