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Celebrating 30 Years of the Vans Half Cab

Celebrating 30 Years of the Vans Half Cab
Posted by Dan Heyes3 min read
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Vans Celebrates 30 Years of the Half Cab by revisiting the icon that defined a generation with the Skate Half Cab ‘92. Paying tribute to its seminal silhouette, the Skate Half Cab ’92 has been redesigned with skaters in mind while retaining its original heritage and spirit of DIY innovation that made it an instant favorite.

Skaters created the original Half Cab back in 1992, by cutting down high tops into customized skate shoes with nothing but scissors and duct tape. They unknowingly constructed one of the world's premium skate shoes, which three decades later, is still one of the most trusted, recognizable shoes in skateboarding. Vans continues to build on this legacy with the Skate Half Cab ’92, a classic that references the past and nods to the future of skateboarding.

Now for the technicals: the suede upper incorporates a pattern shift, separating the toe cap and ollie patch for a more modern aesthetic while a molded heel counter and locked-in tongue straps keep feet locked in for better control. The DURACAP underlay takes on a new shape, adding flexibility and removing excess bulk to eliminate hot spots, resulting in an essential fit for maximum durability.

Two-part foxing features a heavier knurl texture on toe bumpers, as well as SickStick (a new proprietary gum rubber compound) which increases the durability and longevity of the shoe. In addition, Vans best-in-class PopCush energy-return footbeds snap back and won’t pack out, keeping legs feeling fresh to skate longer and more often. 

Signature Vans’ construction sees the sidewall finish, combined with graphic elements like the famous Checkerboard flag and Skateboarding graphic treatment, add undeniable authenticity. Offered in dress blues and taupe, each pair pays homage to the skaters of the late 90s and early 2000s that made them what they are today. 

With more exciting collaborations throughout the year, as well as a three-part content series highlighting stories of the silhouette’s past, present and future, it’s an exciting time over at Vans, making it the perfect time to grab a pair of these reimagined classics.

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