7 Best Vans SK8-Hi Sneakers in 2022

Sheena
Sheena on
7 Best Vans SK8-Hi Sneakers in 2022

Love the SK8-His? Well, we do and we just can’t get enough of it. But with 20+ shoes to choose from, selecting the right one can be tricky. Thankfully, RunRepeat’s shoe-doting nerds are here to try each one out and give you the nitty-gritty details about each shoe.  

Whether you’re into yay-high platform kicks or zip-up sneaks, we got you covered. If none of those matter, but you just want the most comfortable or the most reliable, or just the best overall, we got those as well. So, keep calm and relax and read on.

How we test sneakers

There sure are a lot of Vans SK8-Hi shoes to choose from. So, how do we differentiate the winners from the losers? Check out below:

  • We don’t wait for brands to give us free shoes. We buy them and try them out ourselves. This way, you get unbiased, unfiltered thoughts about the shoe’s performance.
  • Since actual users’ and experts’ opinions matter, we collect all the data available about the shoe and incorporate that in our results.
  • The shoe’s likeability can be easily determined by simply looking at its CoreScore (which we assigned for each shoe).

Best Vans SK8-Hi sneakers overall

Vans SK8-Hi
Vans SK8-Hi

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 61,227 users

Pros

  • Classic silhouette that works with any wardrobe
  • Fits true to size
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Comfortable when broken in
  • Padded collar for ankle support
  • An easy silhouette even for a hi-top

Cons

  • Takes time to put on
  • Can take time to wear in
  • Not good in wet weather

Verdict

If you’re on the hunt for the best Vans SK8-Hi sneakers, you need not look far. When it comes to Vans shoes, the classic Vans always tops the list. In this case, it’s the heritage Vans SK8-Hi that steals the spotlight,

Like any classic Vans, this one oozes vintage appeal. And since it’s a high-top, expect this to exude a punk rock, edgy vibe. We picked the all-white version and we knew we just hit the jackpot. Its monotone hue just looks dreamy. It also goes with everything and anything!

And since it’s a classic skate shoe through and through, there’s nothing much to look forward to when it comes to its comfort department. TBH, it could use a bit more cushioning and arch support. Then again, when we bought this we didn’t expect that Boost-like ride since classic skate shoes are often made with non-existent midsoles to enhance boardfeel.

On a more positive note, this one is way more breathable for a high-top, thanks to its all-canvas upper. And while the upper is all-textile, it’s still hard-wearing. Something we didn’t expect from a canvas sneaker. 

On top of that, it’s a shoe that you know would never go out of style. It’s been around for ages! And we’re certain that you’ll still find these kicks on the streets for another decade or even more.

See our full review and facts

Best performance Vans SK8-Hi sneakers

Vans SK8-Hi Pro
Vans SK8-Hi Pro

Corescore

91
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 5,327 users

Pros

  • Lightweight rides
  • High-level ankle support
  • Fantastic multi-surface grip
  • Amazing level of comfort
  • Tougher than most skate shoes
  • Fits just right
  • Sporty and classy
  • Worth the price

Cons

  • Challenging access
  • Bleeds (red colorway)

Verdict

The classic Vans SK8-His sure looks good. But, the big question is: Does it skate? Well, yeah. It does if you want to, but let’s be honest - it isn’t as GREAT as other modern skate sneakers like the Vans Sk8-Hi Pro.

If you want a high-top that’s actually built to skate today’s city pavements, better turn around and get a good look at the pro version of the SK8-His. Yes, the SK8-Hi is sturdy, good-looking, and all, but when you’re kickflipping like crazy and gliding over staircases without a care, you need a pair of trusty kicks that can save your feet from a sketchy landing.

Enter: Vans SK8-Hi Pro

Yes, we tried it and we sure love hanging out in the park with these kicks. Apart from the usual ankle support that you’ll get from most high-tops, these are engineered with ultra-comfy UltraCush insoles (something that the classics didn’t have). 

This makes these sneaks twice more comfy than the original. It also keeps your feet protected when unwanted falls can’t be avoided.

Apart from the added cushioning (which you can replace in case it’s not working for you), these kicks are more robust. If you think that your classic SK8-His are already sturdy, think again. These are way more hard-wearing! 

So, if you’re a bonafide skater who’s looking for kicks that TRULY perform on and off the board, the SK8-Hi Pros definitely fit the bill. Although it’s $5 more expensive than the regular ones, this will surely get your skate game through the roof!

See our full review and facts

Vans SK8-Hi sneakers with best comfort

Vans ComfyCush SK8-Hi
Vans ComfyCush SK8-Hi

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,051 users

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Well-cushioned
  • Perfect and stylish look
  • Excellent arch support
  • Great ankle support
  • Durable
  • Solid construction
  • Waterproof
  • Great for skating, long walking and diving
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Incredibly harsh stitching

Verdict

Just love wearing the SK8-Hi but have always wished that the soles are more cushy and supportive? Wish no more because Vans finally came up with a super comfortable version - the Vans ComfyCush SK8-Hi.

Yes, the classics are great. After all, they’re vintage and all. But then again, they’re not perfect. Good thing, Vans came up with a somewhat new tech called ComfyCush that made their classic shoes even more appealing, the Vans SK8-Hi included.

For an additional $10, we got to experience its ultra-plush interior. And yes, it was all worth it! Unlike the original version, this one cradled our feet in pillowy-like comfort. If you think we’re overacting, go ahead and try it out. 

Now, if you’re among the many who've been asking for more arch support, this shoe is the answer! Apart from being plush, the ComfyCush insoles also gave the right amount of support underfoot. For that, this shoe really deserves a two thumbs up. 

Indeed, this one is still the Vans SK8-Hi. You still get the classic’s good looks, all-rounder styling, and durable construction. The added comfort and support just seal the deal!

See our full review and facts

Best Vans SK8-Hi sneakers with zipper

Vans SK8-Hi Zip
Vans SK8-Hi Zip

Corescore

90
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 3,575 users

Pros

  • Slim fit 
  • Easy to slip on and off
  • Durable
  • Great for casual outfits
  • Offers security
  • Delivers support 

Cons

  • Irremovable insoles 
  • Hard to clean

Verdict

Tying those laces can be a bummer, especially if you’re in a rush. If you’ve stopped wearing your high-tops because of this reason alone, then you may want to consider checking out the Vans SK8-Hi Zip.

Like the classic, this one still looks retro and edgy. The added zipper at the back, though, made slipping these on and off a pleasurable affair. It also added a bit more oomph into its already charming appearance. 

Apart from its zip-up closure system, we also didn’t mind that Vans made this look a bit more slender. Our feet didn’t look humongous, thanks to its slim construction. Those with wide feet might need to size up since it can feel a bit cramped.

When it comes to performance, well, this shoe sure knows what support, comfort, and durability are all about.

Our ankles felt at peace while donning on these sneaks. We didn’t have to worry about twisting it at any time. Also, our feet felt right at home day in and day out. Wearing it out isn’t something we had to worry about because these kicks are unquestionably hard-wearing!

See our full review and facts

Best platform Vans SK8-Hi sneakers

Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0
Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,453 users

Pros

  • Fashionable style 
  • Well-cushioned 
  • Supportive platform
  • Versatile design 
  • Lightweight
  • Recommendable to peers
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Lacks shoelace length

Verdict

If you’re on the lookout for the best Vans SK8-Hi platform kicks, then the Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 is right up your alley.

It’s the same Vans SK8-Hi you love and adore but with the addition of thick platform soles. We got one and couldn’t resist putting these through the wringer to see how it actually felt. And lo and behold, these sure felt nice and dreamy. The added cushioning and support that its thick soles offered, for us, was a welcoming treat.

Apart from the heightened soles literally boosting these shoe’s comfort levels, it also made us look a bit taller (which we didn’t mind at all). What’s more is that it did all those without packing up pounds. Yes, the classics aren’t the lightest of the bunch but it’s good to know that the added height in these didn’t equate to a bottom-heavy sole.

And since everything else is just like the original, we got to enjoy the same heritage style and versatile construction. The Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 is still the daily beater we can reliably wear in and out of the office or school. It’s just twice more comfortable and height-boosting than it was. For $75, we’re willing to pay the additional $10 anytime to get those added features.

See our full review and facts

Best value Vans SK8-Hi sneakers

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi
Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,410 users

Pros

  • Budget-friendly price
  • Comfortable fit 
  • Neck-breaking style 
  • Lightweight
  • High-quality materials 
  • Excellent board feel
  • Ample ankle support
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Poor cushioning
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Lack of arch support

Verdict

The Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi presents the classic elements of the SK8-Hi dressed in eye-catching print with high-class performance. This kick has old-school yet modern elements with ample support and comfort for all-day use, on and off the board. However, some skaters complained about insufficient cushioning and ventilation. Overall, this modern-age punk is a real deal for buyers who are rooting for an affordable yet eye-catching shoe.
See our full review and facts

What are the most expensive Vans SK8-Hi sneakers in 2022?

  1. Vans SK8-Hi GTX - from $108
  2. Vans Sk8-Hi MTE-2 - from $100
  3. Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX - from $92
  4. Vans SK8-Hi 46 MTE DX - from $92
  5. Vans SK8-Hi MTE - from $90
  6. Vans SK8-Hi Zip - from $85
  7. Vans SK8-Hi Reissue Cap - from $85
  8. Vans ComfyCush SK8-Hi - from $75
  9. Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro - from $69
  10. Vans BMX SK8-Hi Reissue - from $69
  11. Vans Skate SK8-Hi - from $66
  12. Vans SK8-Hi Pro - from $65
  13. Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi - from $60
  14. Vans SK8-Hi - from $60
  15. Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 - from $58

See all Vans SK8-Hi sneakers sorted by highest price

Author
Sheena
Sheena

Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.