Vans Gravel shoe review

Beefed-up winning formula

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£80.00 RRP
Vans Gravel shoe

Our review

Spot-on stiffness and abrasion- and water-resistant. Great soles with the right amount of grip
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Finally, Vans have mated their famous ‘waffle’ sole to some sticky rubber. The Gravels have a lighter feel than other flat pedal specialists and the fit is exactly like a typical Vans trainer. That winning formula has been beefed up, with the entire upper being wrapped in abrasion- and water-resistant synthetics and an Impactsorb heel insert.

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Our only complaint was when a corner of the bumper at the front of the shoe peeled away slightly, although that’s something that was quickly remedied with some grip glue.

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Our favourite part of the Gravels was definitely that sole. The TRAX sticky rubber doesn’t have the outright vice-like grip of some but that’s not a bad thing. There’s more than enough grip to hold you on but if you need to shuffle your feet about a bit, you still can. The stiffness is spot-on too, the Gravels let you get the power down while remaining comfy all day.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Gravel shoe
Brand Vans

Shoe Type BMX Casual Cross-Country Down Hill
Shoe Compatibility Flat
Shoe Closure Laces
Sole Type Rubber Tread
Uppers Material Synthetic Fabric
Weather Resistant Yes
Shoe Features Abrasion resistant