Understanding The Construction & Cost Of Vans’ American-Made Style 113 Pro

Vans Style 113 Pro USA – $270

For years, we’ve heard the cry of many asking for an American-made product that they can proudly wear. Skateboarders were no exception in this public outcry and, after some doubts about its possibilities, Vans introduces the Style 113 Pro USA.

Limited to 700 individually numbered pairs, the Style 113 Pro USA is the first Vans model to be made in the United States in the last 20 years. Back in ’66, Vans was known for their American-made footwear and, in revisiting their heritage, they’ve sacrificed no detail. The leather and suede combination is met with “Made in U.S.A.” branding throughout the upper and tongue, along with your mandatory side stripe. An UltraCush HD sockliner can be found within this team model, making it extremely ideal for skating.

The Style 113 will be available in select skate shops on July 8th for an estimated $270. For those asking why the price is so steep, it’s simply because American labor doesn’t come so cheap. For those asking why it’s a cupsole, it’s because the vulcanization process involves adding sulfur to rubber in order to manipulate the compound. From there, it must be baked using a kiln, and that involves a high use of fossil fuels- more than the EPA would allow; that’s why all vulcanized models are made outside of the US. A cupsole, in this case, just calls for some adhesive and additional stitching.

The Style 113, offered in a white leather upper/black outsole and a black leather upper/white outsole.

It’ll be interesting to see how consumers react to Vans’ American-made footwear. As stated before, we’ve been subjected to numerous inquiries about US-made skate shoes for years and, now that they’re here (at the price that we expected them to be), only time will tell if those asking will be the same who purchase these handcrafted shoes.


  1. Howard Montaque

    July 5, 2017 7:26pm

    And there you have it… #insourcing


    July 5, 2017 7:26pm

    they made them too ugly

  3. Rob

    July 5, 2017 8:52pm

    Give it 10 years, robots will be cheaper than Chinese/Taiwanese labour. Shame about the vulc process though…

  4. José

    July 5, 2017 11:13pm

    Can’t hate. The price is pretty outrageous. Kind of hard not to think of them as just, expensive status symbols. However, if that’s the cost of doing business and they’re really trying to make a change in the manufacturing of skate shoes, I will be on board and I will buy a pair.

  5. Boomerang

    July 6, 2017 3:11am

    Really like the look of these shame they will cost me about 350 aus plus shipping if I can even get a pair. Also People need to give cupsoles a chance I was a vulc only guy since 2005 but it’s 2017 now and most shoes are at point where you can barely tell the difference

  6. Ivan

    July 6, 2017 6:38am

    Yea its not gonna last. But a few idiots will surely spend their money.

  7. broke

    July 6, 2017 4:14pm

    “Extremely ideal for skating”

  8. bulbolito

    July 6, 2017 4:57pm

    Ok back to made in china then.

  9. Nugs McCoy

    July 6, 2017 5:56pm

    Hey could you guys give me a source to the vulcanization process and its link to fossil fuels? sounds interesting

    • the jof

      August 17, 2017 2:22am

      Let’s tear the EPA a new one, I want me some ‘Murican Vans. Help us Emperor Trump!

  10. Dr. Robert Doback

    July 7, 2017 6:44pm

    Pretty sure kids spend more than this on Yeezy’s, or whatever the hell those ugly moon shoes are called…which are def. made in China. $270 is a legitimized price for something this limited / USA made. – Dr. Doback

  11. BOB

    July 9, 2017 6:40pm

    Ridiculous price point. I don’t care how limited they are, most American made New Balance sneakers are $100 to $40 cheaper

    • Captain Lou Albano

      July 11, 2017 10:26pm

      There are no US made sneakers for under $100 and definitely not $40. The price points on US made New Balances are actually $150-$300+.

  12. nonickname

    July 13, 2017 5:50pm

    $270 minus $100 = $170…so Captain you’re actually in agreement with Bob who stated they were “$100 cheaper”. Now go support your local.

    • Captain Lou Albano

      July 24, 2017 12:12am

      Looks like you’re right! The Captain’s taken a lot of chair shots and done a lot of cocaine, so forgive my misreading. Now get a nickname!

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