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.
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