Vans Old Skool Boom Boom

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Vans Old Skool Boom Boom Review Facts

They say the classics never go out of style and it couldn’t be truer in the case of the Vans Old Skool sneakers. With the new ‘Boom Boom’ collection, Vans is celebrating its roots by revamping the already iconic Old Skool model with new, fun textures and color schemes. Although they are a unisex pair of sneakers, they pay tribute to women’s beauty, strength, and uniqueness.

Designed with skateboarding in mind, the Vans Old Skool ‘Boom Booms’ retained the classic white vulcanized midsole with the original rubber waffle outsole for perfect grip and traction.

The suede and canvas upper ensure you will be stylish no matter the occasion.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Classic, sleek silhouette
  • Full range of colorways
  • True-To-Size
  • Rubber waffle-print outsole
Cons
  • Lack of heel support
  • May cause blisters for some
  • Midsole prone to wear
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Positive
  • These shoes go great with almost any outfit. They are also more comfortable than the last pair and my heel doesn't slip, which means no blisters. A great comfortable and casual shoe and would recommend them to my friends and family.
  • I am so glad I got these shoes even those they weren't my first or second choice. They look great. They fit perfectly.
  • I like them so much I got a pair for my boyfriend. Order a half size up to be sure the fit is super comfy. These shoes look like they will be around a long time.
  • Wow, these are a throwback to my past in high school. These go great with everything. They do rub on the back of my heel but I remedy that with a low sock.
  • This shoe runs wide in the toe area. Super nice shoe. The heel rubs and had to use a band-aid for a little while. Despite the rubbing, I will be a long time customer.
  • You are never too old for these shoes, I am 40 years old. I get a lot of compliments for all ages. These shoes do run larger so you may have to go down a size.
  • Waterproofed these shoes before giving them to my daughter and she loves them. She wears them all the time.
  • My granddaughter was so excited to get her shoes. These shoes fit her well and appear to be made well too. Great shoes.
  • I have wide feet and these are surprisingly comfortable. These are great shoes and I wear them every day without issue.
  • Vans are the best shoes ever and I love mine!
  • I got these at a great price and these shoes are beautiful. They fit perfectly and love the color options.
  • The pair that I had many many years ago fell apart because I wore them so much. That's because I loved them. I was really excited to find these, which are a bit more snug but I am hopeful that they will break in quickly. Very pleased with my purchase.
  • New to vans and I am now a fan. Had to buy a half size smaller. They fit perfectly.
  • Had to buy a half size bigger as in the first pair my toes were cramped. Now they fit perfectly and are so comfortable. These are my 2nd pair of vans.
  • Nothing but good things to say about vans. I have been a fan a long time. These shoes are very comfortable, stylish and durable.
  • I hope they never change these classics and although they aren't crazy comfortable, I keep coming back for more.
  • My vans held up great on a Europe trip. I have always loved vans. Great shoes!
  • When I first opened the box they smelt a funny but the smell went away at first wear. True to size and it took a little bit to break in.
  • Perfect price, beautiful color. I love these shoes.
  • Not the best arch support but then that's Vans. Great quality and stands up to real use. Good looking and great price.
Negative
  • Sizing inconsistent for some buyers
  • High back caused rubbing and blistering from some buyers
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Outsole

Outsole

The Vans Boom Booms sport the signature rubber waffle outsole, with additional clusters at the balls of the feet, making them a skater’s must have. They provide the traction necessary for skateboard stunts and the rubber outsole creates the perfect grip. They are also very comfortable and lightweight to wear for a longer period of time, making them suitable for everyday use.
Midsole

Midsole

The Vulcanized midsole makes these sneakers very light on the feet. Its flexibility makes them easier to break in as opposed to some other brands. Since they are lightweight and comfortable, they are suitable for skateboarders and casual wearers alike.
Upper

Upper

The Vans Boom Booms are made of suede and canvas upper which come in many different colors, making them a breathable yet very stylish pair of sneakers. The reinforced toe cap with lace-up fastening and metal eyelets gives extra support and security while the padded collar provides comfort for the wearer throughout the day.
Weight

Weight

Their weight makes them stand out from the vast array of skateboard shoes even more. Thanks to the Vulcanized midsole the Boom Booms are made of, these sneakers are very light-weight on the feet, while still providing great grip on the board. The weight of these sneakers stays between 10 to 12 ounces, depending on the size. This is great news for the casual wearer as well, since it makes them very comfortable to wear for an everyday use.
Breathability

Breathability

Van chose to use materials in a very clever way. Being made of suede and canvas materials, these sneakers were designed with proper ventilation for the feet in mind. Coupled with the metal eyelet detail, they really let the feet breathe. This is especially important if they are worn for longer.
Comfort

Comfort

For a pair of sneakers that are perfect for both skaters and casual wearers alike, comfort is essential. Luckily, the Boom Booms don’t lack in that department. The vulcanized midsole combined with the suede and canvas material that the sneakers are made of ensures that the wearer will be comfortable all day long. There is also enough space for the wearer to insert an orthopedic sole in the sneakers if they wish. Be it for skate stunts or just walking around, if you are looking for a pair of comfortable sneakers, look no further.
Style

Style

The classic Vans Old Skool sneakers will never go out of style. Now, with the addition of the ‘Boom Boom’ collection, they introduced a variety of colors catering to all preferences. The color spectrum ranges from silver sage through parisian night all the way to more simple colors like true white, black or gray. The suede toe cap and heel complements the canvas very well, giving the sneakers a more unique look. They can be worn dressed up or dressed down, these sneakers look great with everything.
Durability

Durability

All the different parts of the Boom Booms were carefully selected and put together to achieve maximum durability, from the rubber outsole and vulcanized midsole to the reinforced toe cap and metal eyelets. The thick rubber ‘waffle’ outsole is present since the beginning and was designed with longevity in mind. Whether they are worn to skate in or everyday wear, these sneakers will stand the test of time.
Toe Box

Toe Box

Keeping with the classic silhouette, the Vans Boom Booms have a rounded toe cap. This is ideal for any foot shape, be it narrow or wide. There is plenty of space for the toes making these sneakers very comfortable to wear.
Width & Length

Width & Length

The Vans Boom Booms were designed with femininity in mind but are actually a unisex model. Sizes for men vary from 3.5 to 10.0 while sizes for women start at 5.0. and end at 11.5.
Support

Support

Vans sneakers are known for their stability and support and the ‘Boom Boom’ collection is no exception to this. The thick rubber waffle outsole and vulcanized midsole combined with the reinforced toe cap, padded collar and lace-up fastening make sure the feet are secure and give great support, for skaters and casual wearers alike.
Colorways

Colorways

Colorwise, the Vans Boom Booms offer a wide selection. There are, of course, the classic colors like white, black and gray. However, wearers can opt for a variety of cool, unique colors as well, such as the silver sage, parisian night or even green. Because of this, they are very versatile and can suit any style. The Boom Booms really made sure that there is something for everybody.
Price

Price

Prices may differ, depending on whether they are bought in a store or online. Generally, Vans sneakers are fairly affordable. Many buyers swear by them and agree that they are well worth the spend considering the quality of the sneakers.
Traction

Traction

The Vans Boom Booms were made for heavy-duty wear. The signature rubber waffle outsole ensures great traction and good grip on the skateboard, making them the ideal skate sneakers.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Vans Boom Booms move with the feet in a very natural way. This maximum flexibility is made possible with the vulcanized midsole and rubber waffle outsole, which are very flexible and lightweight. Furthermore, the suede and canvas upper was made for movement and since they are a low-top pair of sneakers, the ankles are also free to move.
Stability

Stability

Although the Boom Booms are very lightweight sneakers, they don’t lack in the stability department whatsoever. The vulcanized midsole keeps the feet comfortable and secure all day long. The added lace-up fastening and padded collar contribute to the overall stability of the sneakers.
Technology

Technology

A lot of thought went into creating the signature Vans rubber waffle outsole. Because of the waffle-like pattern of the outsole and the thick rubber material, these sneakers provide great grip and traction. The additional clusters that are placed at the balls of the feet make them perfect for doing the most complex skate stunts. In addition, the vulcanized midsole makes them very light on the feet, making them ideal for both skating and walking around in.
Key Features

Key Features

Vulcanized midsole
Rubber waffle outsole
Suede and canvas upper
Padded collar
Lace-up fastening with metal eyelets
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Vans Boom Boom sneakers are a fresh take on the Old Skool classic silhouette. The new suede and canvas accents on the upper promote style and individuality while still retaining the quality rubber waffle outsole of the Old Skool model, making them suitable for skaters as well as for everyday use. The new color scheme combined with the sneakers being a unisex model, guarantees that there is something for everyone in this collection. They look great worn casually with a T-shirt and some jeans, skirts and dresses and even business casual outfits. The majority of consumers are very satisfied with this model and would recommend it, however, some have reported that the midsole is susceptible to breaking or separating from the upper. All things considering, the Boom Booms are a versatile, affordable pair of sneakers that provide excellent support and will last a long time.