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Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes

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Released in 1992 the Half Cab was a true icon of innovation. Street skaters in the 90's would cut off the collar of the original Vans Caballero pro model giving birth to the Half Cab. With skateboarding ever changing Vans completely revamped the Half Cab creating, the Vans Skate Half Cab. This shoe apart of "Vans Skate Classics" line of footwear. The most iconic skate shoes created by Vans but revamped to fit the needs of modern day skateboarding. These shoes integrate tongue straps for a snug fit, DURACAP underlay for durability, SickStick a rubber compound used to make a grippy outsole, and internal heel shanks to deliver more board feel in order to create a classic yet modern skate shoe.

  • Vulcanized
  • PopCush™
  • Duracap™
  • SickStick™



Vulcanized - “Vulc” shoes are light, flexible and break in quickly. These don't provide as much foot protection as cupsoles, but they are preferred if you’re looking for good board feel in a shoe with less weight and bulk.


PopCush™ - Vans' PopCush insoles snap back and won't pack! This proprietary foam compound was meticulously tuned and tested for impact protection, superior cushioning, and custom energy return. This upgraded foam performs better than Vans' UltraCush™ compound for all types of skating so you can skate longer and go harder than ever before.


Duracap™ - Developed and tested to withstand the abuse of the Vans pro skateboarding team; reinforcement is provided through rubber underlays in the toebox and ollie-area for lasting durability to save you time and money.

SickStick™ - Taking inspiration from Vans' beloved original gum rubber formula, the SickStick formula is the grippiest and the stickiest gum sole in Vans history. Extensively tested by Vans' team riders, the formula is uniquely calibrated to deliver enhanced grip and durability, and also make a firm bind to the foxing tape, so you can be in complete control of your board.


Primary Upper Materials
black/gumSuede, Canvas
pig suede olive/blackSuede
vintage sport white/redSuede, Leather
(daz) white/whiteCanvas, Leather
mono chocolateLeather
wearaway black/orangeLeather


Overall Rating
Reviewed by 40 customers
First Half Cab Ever
by Zay in Chicago, IL (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 6/22/2024
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes - vintage sport white/red
I usually get Fallen Troopers, éS Accels, and number by New Balance. So mostly cup soles. But I always wanted to get hi tops of a mid height shoe as of late to change it up. I always knew I would get a pair of Half Cabs but I never knew when. Now I wish I had been wearing this style of shoe since day one. I love how stiff it is. Yet it is Vulc? Crazy! I know it will loosen up over time but skating and walking around feels stable. Only reason why I am not giving it 5 stars is that they are still pretty expensive.
0 person has found this review helpful
The stiffest shoes I have ever owned
by SL
Posted on 2/14/2024
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes
I have several pairs of half cabs and love them but the leather on the white/green ones is so stiff I can only wear them for about 20 minuets before my feet are screaming for me to take them off. 100% regret this purchase.
2 people have found this review helpful
Love these!!!!
by Toby Carson in NC (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 10/24/2023
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes - white/green
Awesome half cabs:) Really great shoes! Thanks a ton!!!!
0 person has found this review helpful
Nothing better.
by Sage Cash in Springfield, OR (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 10/9/2023
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes - dark olive
I've skated every skate shoe brand, always come back to these.
1 person has found this review helpful
by PH in WA (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 9/7/2023
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes - black/white
Great price
0 person has found this review helpful
Quality and feel
by Harper Millband in Satellite Beach, FL (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 7/10/2023
Vans Skate Half Cab Shoes - black/black
Over all this is a solid feeling skate shoe, it flicks great and takes impact perfectly. Besides that the quality could be better. I found that the main weak spot of the shoe is the canvas back upper, this part of the shoe rips pretty easily and the rips grow with time. Another thing is that it leaves the laces pretty exposed, so I would recommend putting super glue on your laces. The over all quality of the materials is a solid 7.5/10 because of the toughness of the suede. Although extremely stiff at first after a few days the shoes mold to you feet and become broken in. The board feel is a solid 9.5/10 and the flick is a 9/10. Over all I really love the shoe I am just a little bummed about the canvas ripping so easily.
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Asked by B.BIGFORD on 11/22/2023
I’ve skated the Rowan 1 before is this similar
Answered by Logan D (Tactics Employee) on 11/24/2023

Thanks for reaching out. They are pretty similar, both shoes feature a lot of the same tech but the main difference I would say is that the Half Cabs fit a lot more like a classic skate shoe and are a bit wider where the Rowan 2s are styled a bit more after a sneaker and are narrower.

Hope this helps!
1 person has found this answer helpful