Size and fit

The high-top collar is generously padded and is wrapped by a canvas upper which breathes conveniently. It also features an extended lace enclosure for lockdown reaching the peak. The sneaker is made with a unisex sizing in mind and is available from 6.5 to 13 in men's sizes. Women can go down 1.5 sizes from its male counterpart to acquire their proper fit.

Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX Style

The color combination for the Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX is superbly done which not only emphasizes casual clothes but also brings forth a vintage appeal into the streets. The two-tone concept of the sneaker is complemented by the glossy foxing tape on the midsole.

The high-top collar perfectly coincides with skinny jeans but jeans that would cover it would also do the trick. Men can go in shorts here, and women can flaunt this with skirts and dresses.

Notable Features

The Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX has different two-tone colorways which deviate with the original SK8-Hi. It also has a thinner lace bed overlay which extends up to the lateral side of the toe box as compared to the concurrent skate-specific iterations of the SK8-Hi. The foxing tape that fuses the vulcanized construction is much glossier with the Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX.

Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX History

On March 16, 1966, a promising shoe manufacturer called the Van Doren Rubber Company established their first shop that would cater to a variety of flat-soled shoes. The shop was located at Anaheim, California which was the newly acquired home of our protagonists namely Paul and James Van Doren with the help of two of their friends. It is here where they found out that the secret to the success of creating a sneaker trend, was on the feet of skateboarders. After decades of ups and downs, their loyalty to the skate inspiration was never shaken.

Vans had introduced numerous versions of skate sneakers through its historical career. There was the Authentic, which was the core style where the Era and Old Skool were sourced out. Then there was the high-top revamp of the Old Skool called the Sk8-Hi. Both the SK8-Hi and the Old Skool display the famous Vans Sidestripe which would be carried on to other iterations through the years.

In the recent years, the SK8-Hi was consistently being remodeled to cater the needs of skaters depending on the regular wear and tear area or for stability and protection. The Vans design team decided to restore the original format of the Sk8-Hi and include its Style number on its name. The Vans Anaheim Factory SK8-Hi 38 DX gives honor to the factory as well as the first accents of the SK8-Hi. Colorways also resemble the initial look of the coveted sneaker.

Additional Info

  • Cushioning is provided by the UltraCush sock liners.
  • The sneaker also instills the original drill lining weight of its predecessor model released in the 70s.
  • A signature rubber waffle outsole provides exceptional grip and traction.
  • Vans brandings can be seen at the tongue and the back of the heel.


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