Vans SK8 Hi – Our take on the classic skate Hi Top


In 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company opened for business in Anaheim, CA. While Vans was stitching together its first soles, kids all around Southern California were discovering the crazy things you could do on surf and skateboards and found Vans sticky waffle grip was a perfect fit for skateboarding. Vans has evolved beyond surf and skate sensibilities to draw influence from a Southern California culture that is as diverse as it is progressive.

Vans OVERVIEW The Sk8-Hi, Vans legendary lace-up high top inspired by the classic Old Skool, has a durable canvas and suede upper, a supportive and padded ankle, and Vans vulcanized signature Waffle Outsole.

The shoe’s multi-panel construction has stood the test of time, functioning as a canvas for customization, to be styled and worn by countless artists, creatives and extreme athletes throughout the years. The collection boasts materials like patent leather, faux snakeskin and mesh. Colorways include dress blues, all-over tonal colorways in vintage white, gossamer green, and a collaborative colorway alongside NYC artist Baron Von Fancy, among others — all of these are in addition to the original colorways that marked the shoe’s release back in 1977.

The definitive Vans Sk8-Hi shoe is a wardrobe staple due to its durability, wearability and comfort factor.

We love the board feel, grip and style of Vans but always wished they had better arch support. These new generation Sk8-His deliver. There is a beefed up HD insole in these with perfect arch support (for us at least). There is also the added bonus of extra cush on the insole. Incredibly durable shoe that has already outlasted every skate shoe we’ve ridden in the past 15+ years.

The full padding around the heel and ankle of these shoes and the original Sk-8 Hi Pros makes all the difference to us. They’re so comfortable that they almost feel like slippers, and they protect your bones from your board. We skated some low tops the other day and my ankle bones got knocked around quite a bit. With the Hi’s, I don’t even notice. Also, these don’t fit as narrow as the low top Pros. I don’t have a wide foot and the low top Pros are slightly tight to me. These are perfect, allowing plenty of toe room while fitting comfortably tight around your ankles.

Can’t go wrong with these.

Vans SK8 Hi PROS


Vans SK8 Hi CONS

Wear out quickly
Poor arch support


Casual wear
Going out





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