Pro Skate Performance

Welcome to Vans PRO SKATE, home of the WAFFLECUPTM—skateboarding’s first-ever vulcanized cupsole! For the ultimate in skateboarding performance, Vans PRO SKATE continuously gathers feedback from the Vans professional skateboarding team and combines it with over 45 years of quality craftsmanship and proven skate heritage to innovate team-tested and category-exclusive skate performance technologies. Consisting of distinct CONSTRUCTION methods, upgraded CUSHIONING options, and PRO SKATE-specific FUNCTIONAL design improvements, Vans’ PRO SKATE performance technologies are combined in every new shoe, custom tailoring each new style to fit the unique demands and diverse riding preferences of the Vans professional skateboarding team. The result: No matter what your own riding style demands, Vans PRO SKATE has got it covered.

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PRO VULC Construction

Over 45 years of proven Vans vulcanized construction performance combined with modern CUSHIONING technology delivers the best boardfeel, flex, and traction ... only better. Vans PRO VULC delivers improved cushioning for today’s skateboarding.


PRO CUP Construction

To maximize durability and support without sacrificing boardfeel, Vans PRO SKATE engineered a one-piece, molded 400 NBS rubber cupsole (“cup”) that maintains its shape and supports the upper framework of the shoe longer. It still puts the foot as low to the board as possible for intuitive responsiveness, all the while suspending the footbed above a tapered EVA foam midsole to better protect against high impact.

Engineered Cup

Vans WAFFLECUP™ Construction

BOARDFEEL and SUPPORT. Leave it to Vans PRO SKATE to introduce skateboarding’s first-ever vulcanized cupsole! Vans’ exclusive WAFFLECUPTM construction is GRIPPY and RESPONSIVE in the forefoot (like a traditional vulcanized shoe), yet SUPPORTIVE and STABLE throughout the perimeter (like a cupsole shoe). Vans WAFFLECUPTM —the best thing to happen to skateboarders’ feet since 1966!

Ultra crush Co-Molded PU


Vans’ polyurethane-based UltraCush HD footbed keeps the foot close to the board yet won’t pack out over time, providing our highest level of IMPACT cushioning.

Ultra crush BoardFeel PU


Vans’ CMEVA-based UltraCush Lite low-profile foam footbed is ultralight and anatomically contoured to put the foot closer to the board for quick RESPONSIVENESS, providing our most natural fit and ride.

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ORTHOLITE® Sockliner

Light, predictable cushioning and foothold, OrthoLite® has antimicrobial, odor-eliminating properties for superior COMFORT.

Vans ORIGINAL WAFFLE Gum Rubber Outsole


Back in ’66, Paul Van Doren made the first soles of his new shoes twice as thick so they would wear longer and, unlike other shoe manufacturers, he used pure crepe rubber with no filler. That decision ended up defining the company when the world’s first skateboarders discovered how Vans’ now-famous ORIGINAL WAFFLE outsole gum rubber compound let them feel their board while staying firmly connected to it.



With added reinforcement rubber underlays in high-wear areas, Vans PRO SKATE shoes featuring DURACAPTM rubber underlays are built to withstand the abuse of the Vans Pro skateboarding team, and save everyday skateboarders money and time.

Flex & Fit Upper

FLEX & FIT Upper Patterning

By placing the contact point of the tongue’s edge past the sensitive part of your foot, the shoe flexes better without interruption, making it way more COMFORTABLE. Uninterrupted flex also eliminates hot spots, while the secondary construction material reinforces the ollie area to improve DURABILITY.

Heel stabilizer


Anatomically-molded heel cup inserts are shaped to lock heels in place without the need for bulky foam padding.

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