Vans vs Puma: The Old Skool & Suede Classic

The debate about which of Vans and Puma shoes is better has been on the block for quite a while. And you’ll definitely find loyal fans on both sides.

There are quite a few differences between them to help you arrive at the most fitting one for your style and dress sense. Before looking at both brands, I’d like to point out that it’s easy to get carried away by user reviews.

If you want to choose the right brand, make sure you’re looking at reviews objectively. Some of them are paid for while many are rooted in the pit of emotions. Having warned you, I think I can now move on to the meaty part; how Vans compare to Puma.

Vans vs Puma:

Puma Suede Classic Sneakers

I’ve seen the Puma Suede Classic Sneakers around town for a long time now. It could be already decades since I’ve known these comfortable shoes because it’s apparently a favorite pair for the streets for all types of people.

Folks who also hang out with their peers and students who like to be comfortable when they’re at school or in the mall wear this iconic Puma footwear.

It has gone through a lot of changes throughout the decades, but its smart suede and sporty look still remain constant. What was improved on was the quality of the materials and the comfort for the user.

The upper leather part offers protection and extended support. Its rubber midsole ensures that you get appropriate cushioning while you go about your activities.

The rubber outsole provides you superior traction on slippery surfaces or when executing your brisk walk or stroll with your dog.

The Puma Suede Classic Sneakers have always featured the classic lace-up style sneaker style, which flaunts an overall suede-themed detailing and Puma branding and logos all throughout the shoe. You get to choose from 6 suede color selections.

The Puma Suede Classic Sneakers were first launched in 1968 and have been altering the footwear landscape ever since. Other brands have tried to bring it out of orbit, but it had stayed and had adorned the feet of 3 generations of Puma brand enthusiasts.

Should You Buy or Not?

By all indications, the Puma Suede Classic Sneakers legacy is here to stay. It looks good to match whatever is your preferred casual wear. Whether you’re wearing shirts, joggers, or slacks, with a white or black shirt on top with hoodies. Then top off with your favorite headwear.

No matter what’s on top, the Puma Suede Classic Sneakers below is sure to fascinate!

Vans Old Skool

The Vans Old Skool is one of the most popular skate shoes of all time. It was debuted in 1977 showcasing the first appearance of the side stripe which has now become a hallmark of the Vans brand.

This iconic shoe shouldn’t be mistaken that’s it’s solely for skateboarders. It’s for artists, runners, athletes, and everybody else. If you’re looking for an affordable, classic, and dependable shoe, you should consider the Old Skool.

Whichever category you find yourself in, this might just be the shoe for you. Here is a rundown of the features of this canvas.

Aside from the signature side stripe, the sneaker features contrasting double stitching and suede paneling on the toe and heel for extra durability.

The collar is thinly padded for quality ankle protection. While the insole and tongue are flexible enough for a firm hold and soft feel. The classic rubber waffle outsoles on the shoe provide lurches a firm grip on the ground balanced and smooth pace.

This is especially good for runners/joggers who have to move quickly…without too much ado. In addition, the shoe is available in several colorways and in different sizes up to satisfy the style junkies.

The upper is made up of canvas-backed with all-white lacing to support the iconic look and classic style. The shoe also has a re-inforced top cap and padded collars to provide adequate support.

Depending on how you wear it, the shoe should last you a couple of years. Some users have reported seeing little tear/hole after some years of use.

Although the core line of Vans shoes looks all the same. But a few are now seeing improvements after a lot of years since the brand’s inception. The Old Skool, fortunately, is one of them.

One of these is the ComfyCush that’s introduced in the premium version of the canvas. This is a comfort foam inside the shoe that levels up the convenience of the ComfyCush version.

There is also arch support in the midsole, a nice introduction.

It helps to lessen foot pain that can result from standing in the shoe for a long time. If you don’t want all the bells and whistles, you can go with the classic one. Unsurprisingly, that’ll come with a low price tag.

Should You Buy or Not

The design is similar to that of the Sk8-Hi except that the Old Skool is lacking in ankle support. This, it makes up for in arch support, if you’re buying the ComfyCush version.

If you’re afraid of ankle pains, you might want to look at other options that provide ankle support. Moreover, the Old Skool is breathable which makes it a summer shoe rather than a winter one.

While it’ll keep your feet cool and safe from heat, water can easily seep into it in winter thereby making you cold easily.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality canvas at a good price, this is it. But if you’re looking for a shoe you can hold on to for life, this isn’t it.

It can be argued that Vans can make resilient shoes at this price point, given that experience and expertise. Until then, let’s make do with what’s obtainable now.