Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The HUF Hupper 2 Hi is budget-friendly.
  • Many users are impressed with its thoroughly solid construction and with how it doesn’t bag out despite harsh, daily shredding.
  • Some testers have regarded the HUF Hupper 2 Hi as a very comfortable sneaker.
  • It has the right mix of board feel and cushioning for going technical on ledges and jumping down some big drops, according to a handful of skaters.
  • The sparse high collar makes for a nice, soft lockdown feel and support around the ankle, a wearer has highlighted.
  • Some reviewers have observed that its clean, minimalist styling looks at home not only in the skateparks but also anywhere around town.
  • Its geocentric-tread outsole is very grippy, hard-wearing, and flexible, which a couple of skaters like.
  • The raised 3D foxing tape and suede panels around the upper protect it from abrasions and blowouts, according to some reviewers.
  • Quite a couple of satisfied customers express wanting to get another pair of the Hupper 2 Hi.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It feels stiff right at the beginning and needs a short while to break in, several users have mentioned.
  • A few skaters have pointed out that the shoe lacks perforations and doesn’t feel breathable.
  • Its shoelaces don’t have protection, making them prone to ripping, according to a couple of skaters.

Bottom line

Expanding the Hupper 2 range, HUF introduces the high-top counterpart of the well-praised Hupper 2 Lo. Also a killer when it comes to durability, the Hupper 2 Hi features a streamlined high-collared silhouette. It has reinforced suede paneling and double-stitched randguard wrapping in high-wear areas.

The Hupper 2 Hi boasts of vulcanized construction, featuring an extended foxing tape for added durability and protection. It sits atop a grippy, long-lasting geometric-tread outsole made from Infinity Rubber. Above that, a dual-density Perfshock insole cushions the foot against impact. This impressive package sits at only $80.   

Facts

Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: HUF Skate Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Leather
Features: Orthotic friendly
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Brown, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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The Hupper 2 Hi’s collar provides both ankle support and protection. Its foxing tape around the shoe is also raised higher than most vulc shoes. That provides it with more depth of fit, and thus a more stable, protected ride, with lesser chances of ankle rolls.

Furthermore, this high-top model is fastened with a traditional lace-up closure, with nine reinforced eyelets, which secures the feet in with a lockdown custom fitting.

Neither having too much nor too little, but just right—that is the style the Hupper 2 Hi exudes. Though it has an unusually high foxing tape, the rest of it looks clean and subtle. Its simplicity makes it so versatile. It’s the same you would wear for hitting the skatepark and walking around town.

The Hupper 2 Hi fits well with casual, laid-back clothing—for example, a pair of denims or khakis (ripped or regular) or cargo pants. Even a staple tee-shirt finishes the look splendidly. Lastly, this model is available in a variety of colorways, such as white/navy, black/white, navy, moss green, and brown.   

HUF mostly focused on board feel and control, but in the Hupper 2 Hi, the brand aimed more at cushioning. The Perfshock footbed has perforations, which trap air into its pockets in different densities. This feature results in a superior rebound and impact protection.

Besides that, the padding is thinner at the heel and forefoot but thicker at the midfoot are, This is to achieve a balance between board feel and cushioning. Additionally, the footbed is removable to accommodate orthotics

To accompany the Hupper 2 Lo, HUF releases the Hupper 2 Hi. These two were derived from one of HUF’s earliest designs, the Hupper “Numero Uno.” It was a flagship model. Using their T1-KCUF reverse engineering technology, HUF improved the old Hupper’s design and made it perfect for skateboarding. Now equipped with updated materials and technologies, the new Huppers are no hops but rather leaps in innovation.

  • Depending on the color option, the Hupper 2 Hi may feature a mix of canvas, suede, and leather or a full version of the material.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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