Vans Old Skool Shoes. First known as the Vans #36, the Old Skool debuted in 1977 with a unique new addition: a random doodle drawn by founder Paul Van Doren, and originally referred to as the “jazz stripe.” Today, the famous Vans Sidestripe has become the unmistakable—and instantly recognizable—hallmark of the Vans brand. Constructed with sturdy suede and canvas uppers in tonal shades, the 2-Tone Old Skool pays homage to our heritage while ensuring that this low top, lace-up shoe remains as iconic as ever. It also includes re-enforced toe caps, supportive padded collars, and signature rubber waffle outsoles. Vans’ iconic low top, sidestripe shoe. Sturdy suede and canvas uppers. Lace-up closure. Re-enforced toe caps. Supportive padded collars. Signature rubber waffle outsoles.