In 1988, Vans released the Caballero. It was Steve Caballero’s signature skateboarding shoe and was fundamentally his version of a Vans Sk8-Hi, with the padded high profile collar for ankle support. This was on sale for a few years before Cabellero and the skating community started messing with the design… It seemed that the development of street skating demanded a different range of movement, so people started cutting that high collar down and taping it up. After Caballero did this a few times, he had a conversation with Vans about changing the shape of the shoe, and the rest is history… The Vans Half Cab was born.

“We see the Vans Half Cab Pro on pedals everywhere…"

This shoe has been on sale for 25 years now (you may have seen some anniversary press earlier in 2017) and continues to sell like there’s no tomorrow. It’s obviously been trusted by the skate world for many years – and it’s popular with BMX riders too. The mid top design, the strong cup sole, the newer ‘Pro’ version with more durable materials and better insole… It all makes for a seriously decent BMX shoe.

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We see these on pedals everywhere. While we’d love it if everyone bought BMX-specific shoes to pump up the sales figures for BMX, we know what it’s like. You can’t argue with a great product, and that’s what the Vans Half Cab (Pro) is.

When a company makes high volumes of a certain product, they make sure the manufacturing quality is absolutely top notch. Popular shoes are popular for a reason – these are quite literally made for skateboarding so they need to be up to countless hours of abuse from griptape, concrete, etc. It’s the same for BMX riders wearing these shoes, we expect them to put up with the abuse we give them on all terrain. Not forgetting the wear from pedal pins, floor / tyre braking, catching whips, footjams, and all the extra abuse when things go wrong and we end up running or rolling along the ground, shoes have to be durable.

The Half Cab Pro is a celebrated BMX shoe with a legit skateboarding history.


RRP: £64.99 (Pro)


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