DESIGN INSPIRATION 11 years of refinement… Grosso tweaked, updated, and improved his special build of the Sk8-Mid piece by piece starting in 2009. Much of the design and development work done to improve Grosso’s “Pro spec” shoe informed Vans’ innovations on duracap, footbeds, and the OTW outsole support shank. These were built to maximize support and cushioning without compromising boardfeel and control.
• Duracap across vamp and ollie area for street and vert durability
• UltraCush 3D 3-part footbed for support and shock dispersion.
• Sick Stick rubber OTW outsole w/ internal rear foot shank •
Grosso’s Pro-Spec upper materials.
Completely redesigned with skaters in mind, the all-new Skate Classics line delivers more of what skaters need to enable maximum progression. Made with a fully revised upper, molded heel counter, locked-in tongue straps, and a recut of the DURACAP™ underlay, the Skate Classics Authentic offers an essential fit that is more breathable and durable where skaters need it most. The two-part foxing, featuring a tougher toe knurl, ensures heightened board contact, and the redesigned gum rubber sole that made Vans famous has been further elevated with the SICKSTICK™ rubber compound plus an internal heel shank to deliver more grip, more boardfeel, more support, and more durability. Along with a new sidewall finish, POPCUSH™ sockliners for superior cushioning and impact protection, and a sleek checkerboard flag, the new Skate Classics Authentic gives you the iconic look you want—with all the performance benefits that real skaters demand. It is made with sturdy suede and canvas uppers.
NEW SKATE CLASSICS - An iconic style engineered specifically for skateboarding. FULLY REVISED UPPERS - Made with sturdy suede and canvas, and featuring locked-in tongue straps and two-part foxing for heightened board contact. LEGENDARY GRIP - Our new, proprietary SICKSTICK™ gum rubber compound has been elevated to the next level of grip and durability.
POPCUSH™ CUSHIONING - Our standard best-in-class upgrade, the new POPCUSH™ insoles snap back and won’t pack, providing impact protection and custom energy return for any type of skating.
UNRIVALED DURABILITY - Reinforced DURACAP™ underlays and are built to withstand the daily abuse of skateboarding.