RL Recommends: Vans 112

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Vans is capitalizing on both the success of Propeller and the #ReturnOfTheRubberToe with the 112, the newest addition to their pro line. Designers took the classic Vans silhouette (it took my friends days to realize I wasn’t wearing a pair of the Gibert Crocketts) and added a small half moon rubber toecap between the existing sole and the suede on the toe.

Thanks to the location of the rubber toe, you hardly notice it’s there. From skating them, I can tell you that you’ll have to do a lot of kickflips in order to wear through the entire sole before ever utilizing the toecap. The sidewall is comprised of canvas near the heel and suede at the ollie area, with a suede toe (again, aesthetically similar to the Gilbert Crockett model). The canvas doesn’t end when it meets the suede; rather, the suede is placed over it, providing twice the sock protection. This shouldn’t be an issue, because the suede is fantastic — it hardly bruised or faded after 10 hours of skating, and the stitches located near the ollie area didn’t fray at all.

Additional Information

  • Vulcanized construction on a Vans Waffle Outsole
  • Break-in right out of the box
  • Sole takes longer to wear away than usual
  • Half moon rubber toe for added durability
  • Vans Ultracush HD Insole for impact protection and comfort

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The extreme sidewall protection comes at a cost, as the 112’s aren’t the most ventilation-friendly shoe, but such is the cost for a more durable sidewall. Vans also upgraded the pro sole to last longer, but hardcore fans of the brand may notice there’s a catch: the sole isn’t as soft as in years past and, thus, not as grippy. It’s a fair tradeoff for the increased durability, though — we still had plenty of traction, tread, and flick after several weeks.

Comments

  1. Nick E.

    March 29, 2016 5:30pm

    I’m not a big fan of Vans or toecaps. I prefer Etnies and Es. But these shoes look so sick. I might snag a pair just to walk around in. Vans did a great job with these shoes and I hope they are made for the wide-footed haha.

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    • SEB

      March 30, 2016 5:32am

      I always buy Vans because I have extremely wide feet haha, they should fit fine.

  2. George

    March 29, 2016 9:05pm

    Do they fit true to size

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  3. Ian

    March 31, 2016 6:43pm

    Are there duracap underlays like the rest of the Pro series from Vans?

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  4. sky

    April 2, 2016 8:02pm

    Why won’t they just bring back the salman agah model?

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  5. Bulbolizer

    April 7, 2016 6:26pm

    Cause they have to pay Salman Agah.

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  6. Neil

    May 5, 2016 6:50pm

    Got a pair of these and I have been skating them for almost two months. Can skate them right out of the box. Definitely getting another pair.

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  7. Curt

    June 16, 2016 5:13am

    But do they fit the same as the Crockett? My feet aren’t super wide, but are a little too wide for the Crockett when I had the mid version a while back. The duracap caused the shoe to pinch in areas where it shouldn’t because of how slim it was.

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    • furiousmonad

      September 6, 2016 1:39pm

      The Style 112 is not quite as unforgiving in the forefoot as the Crocketts were for me. I am rocking the Kyler Walker Pro now and it definitely fits more generously than the Crocketts while having the same level or greater of protection. I think the most generously cut Pro shoe is the Old Skool Pro, but it’s wafflecup only for me from here on out.

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