Grew up with Vans shoes Skateboarding and BMX as a kid. Always used to buy them well into my twenties as they were so comfortable, relatively cheap and lasted ages.
I don’t know what happened but around 2008/09 the quality went downhill. The last two pairs I bought cut up the back of my ankles something rotten. I still have the scars. My ankles are ‘branded’ for life.
They also fell apart within a month, and cost about twice as much as I used to pay (even taking into account inflation). The soles were also hard as hell.
Wouldn’t bother with them again in all fairness.Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Similar experience, was just getting to liek my Gravels when the sole separated form them,. CRC refunded me in an impressively no-nonsense style, I’d have taken a replacement pair happily but they had dropped them from the site at that point, sounds like I’m not alone.Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
[vans nerd] Mostly I ride in those special-looking 5:10s but I also have three pairs of rowley xlt/xlt elites in various states of disrepair. I look like an old man trying to look young in them nowadays but they were/still are pretty ace for flat pedals if don’t want to be as glued to the pins as you would be with sticky rubber, and you can still find any! Compound not nearly as grippy as proper mountain bike shoes eg five tens but for bike purposes they are quite unlike most vans in that they are pretty stiff midsole and there is no vulcanised rand to start ungluing if you walk like i do and wear out the outer heel part first. YMMV but I wouldn’t be terribly comfy in flat pedals on any of my other (counts on fingers) 8 pairs of vans, save maybe the baxters but they are a bit flexy for my tastes.
I don’t think vans do a stiff-ish cupsole or not-vulcanised shoe apart from the Gravel these days.Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
are you saying you can still get XLTs?
sorry i meant to type “and if you can still find any.” 😳
FWIW, within the last year or two i got me and the wife a pair each of barely-worn xlt elites on ebay from private sellers. Set up a saved sarch/emal notification thingy.Posted 4 years ago
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