4 Ways to Wear Vans Old Skool Sneakers

4 ways to wear vans sneakers

These Old Skool Vans are quickly becoming a favorite in my closet. I put together these four easy, mom friendly outfits with these shoes!


I just recently got a pair of the black Old Skool sneakers from Vans, and although I’d been wanting a pair for a while, I’m shocked at how much I love them.

I’ve been wanting to wear them with everything.

A bunch of you have been asking about them, so today I wanted to share four different ways to wear them!

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how to wear black old skool vans
suede skirt and black vans


Try a sneaker and skirt combination

I love a good sneaker and skirt combination, and these black and white sneakers are a perfect slim and neutral pair that go well with skirts and dresses.

This skirt can easily be dressed up or down, but since the sneakers are so casual I chose a simple white tee, and then added a little bit of dressiness with a gold chain bag.



all black outfit with a graphic tee
all black

Try a monochromatic outfit with your black sneakers

An all black outfit is rare for me, but these black Vans gave me the idea for this outfit and I actually loved it.

The graphic tee (similar) helps the outfit not be solid black, and I added a brown bag and tortoise glasses for some additional contrast.



easy momiform outfit in my vans from Rack Room Shoes
matching mommy and me vans from rack room shoes

Add these black sneakers as a bold pop in a very basic outfit

The great thing about these shoes is that they can be a neutral, but they can also be a little bit of a statement.

I added them to a very basic outfit — jeans and a white tee — to add a pop of interest. It’s subtle, but I love it.



t-shirt dress with black vans
madewell midi dress and black vans

Don’t be afraid of sneakers with a dress!

I love a good sneaker and dress combination (you can see a bunch of other ideas in THIS POST!).

If your dress is longer, like mine, add a knot to show a little more leg line. Sneakers can cut off your leg line, so choose a dress that’s shorter, or manipulate your longer dresses as needed.




photos by Priscilla Frey


  1. Danny says:

    Love these shoes on you merrick! ARE they the platform old skool or standard old skool sneakers?

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  3. Deni says:

    Vans are the best shoes for me in the summer. Thank you for remembering them here. I often use the classic old model in my images. Often combine them with brutal accessories, such as jewelry with skulls or leather biker wallet

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