2014 Debuts: Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro

Gilbert's 1st Pro Model will not disappoint. Images courtesy of Fast Forward.

Independent X Vans Gilbert Pro. Images courtesy of Fast Forward.

VA’s own Gilbert Crockett has a pro model. If you haven’t heard about it by now, its because it’s Vans latest tech yet straightforward creation. Yes, at first glance, it doesn’t appear to be anything special or out of the ordinary in terms of design but we can assure you, it is. For his first pro model, Vans used their finest materials and technology to make a shoe that will not disappoint.

Much like the Chima, the Gilbert Crockett Pro has a Duracap lined toe vamp. Unlike the Chima, it’ll have a favorable suede upper for the most part, with canvas side panels for moderate breathability. Many are already praising the Crockett’s because of its similarities to the Rowley SPV, which as you know, left us too soon. They have a similar shape and style but you can expect better protection overall from the Crockett Pro. Plus, they have the UltraCush HD insole for superior cushioning. It’s one of the better insoles on the market so it’ll practically guarantee the Crockett’s as a favorite out of the box.

Wafflecup outsole will break in nicely and give you the board-feel you need.

The Vans Wafflecup outsole will break-in nicely and give you the board-feel you need.

Aside from the protection and support features, you should expect the Crockett’s to have a high-level outsole to complement the rest of the shoe and fuck yes, they do. The reinforced Wafflecup outsole brings a vulcanized feel to the shoe with cupsole protection. Vans has featured the Wafflecup outsole in only a handful of their models, making each one that much better. With everything said about the GC Pro, we’re certain that it’ll end up on the “Best Skate Shoes of 2014” because it covers all the essentials that we’re looking for and more so, they’re under the $80 price-point. A Pro Model under $80??? Are we in 2002?! It’s been so long since we’ve seen something so amazing. Seriously though, if all of the perks of this shoe don’t tempt you to buy it, the price has to. #SkatersAreStillBrokeIn2014

Here’s the other colorway.
Indy Collab looks sick though.


  1. Nate S.

    January 2, 2014 7:08pm

    Super stoked for Gilbert an I can’t wait to cop a pair and skate em

  2. Stephen

    January 3, 2014 5:21am

    Slim and simple on the outside, cushy and protective on the inside. Under $80. Perfect.

  3. Nick

    January 3, 2014 11:52pm

    Any idea on a UK release date?

    • Ripped Laces

      January 4, 2014 9:37pm

      Can’t say exactly when they’ll be dropping in the UK but it shouldn’t be too far from the US release.

  4. clang

    January 4, 2014 4:07pm

    will you be reviewing them? they sound like a perfect skate shoe so I wonder if they are

    • Ripped Laces

      January 4, 2014 9:36pm

      We just hit up Vans after the article. The shoes should be landing in our offices in the next couple of days. We’ll keep you dudes posted.

  5. Everett

    January 7, 2014 4:04pm

    Rowley SPV + Lindero + stage 4 sole

  6. Gary

    January 8, 2014 1:34am

    Vans should do rereleases instead of pro models. Long live the Lampin!

  7. valerian

    January 8, 2014 9:33pm

    I’ve already test those shoes , and i think this is the best vans shoes i ever tried (with the slip on pro and era pro)
    the new outsole is really good , after 2 month my foot is still cushioned and no hole on the outsole and the suede is really good too , very resistant.

    The only problem i have with those shoes , they are too tight. After 2 month they still tight like the first day . That good but not too much that hurt my foot a little bit haha

  8. Anderson

    January 22, 2014 8:32pm

    Aside from the SPV, Era, and Old Skool, this pair reminds me of an older Vans model with a regular vulc sole. Forgot the name of the model though.

    Overall, it looks cheap and I think it won’t last long.


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