Vans Releases Update to the Full Cab, the Original Signature Skate Shoe

Building off the legacy of the brand’s first ever signature shoe, Vans presents an updated take on the Full Cab. Featuring suede and crocodile embossed leather with an all-new gold dragon lace lock, the high-top is offered in four seasonal colors including blanc de blanc, black, racing red and the Foot Locker-exclusive: scarab green.

The Full Cab is arguably the first signature athlete shoe to be released in the skateboarding industry and has continued to define skateboarding footwear for the better part of a decade. Built with function, performance and protection in mind for the quickly evolving vert skateboarding scene of the early ‘90s, the shoe has steadily transitioned into a lifestyle staple.

Originally named the Caballero, the shoe was first released in 1989 and today, represents the first wave of signature shoes in skateboarding. Steve Caballero himself played an instrumental role in designing the Full Cab. 

“I wanted a shoe that was functional for vert and skating pools but that was also stylish,” Caballero says of his signature high top. He incorporated reinforced toe pieces and extra ankle support for protection while skating steep transition.

“Before I was sponsored by Vans, I was wearing a lot of different high tops — mostly old basketball shoes. If you look closely at the Full Cab, you can see some of the inspiration there from the ankle support to the structural top closure.”



While the premium materials and gold lace lock detail are new, the shoe’s silhouette and signature flying dragon logos are a period-perfect callback to ‘90s skate style. The latest Full Cab offering is a testament to Vans’ rich history in both skateboarding and sneaker culture.

The Full Cab will retail for $95 USD and will be available in an extended size range. The latest Full Cab collection will be available at Footlocker and select Vans wholesale accounts beginning this November. 

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