Verdict from 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vans OG SK8-Hi LX has a versatile style that can be matched with dress-up and -down outfits, some reviewers have agreed.
  • Many customers are impressed by the shoe’s design that quickly appeals to any generation. 
  • This iteration of the SK8-Hi by Vans Vault is available in beautiful colorways that are appreciated by some purchasers. 
  • A lot of buyers have praised the durability of the Vans OG SK8-Hi LX's upper. 
  • Some wearers appreciate the shoe’s lightness despite its padded build.
  • The Vans OG SK8-Hi LX has a durable outsole with a waffle tread pattern that provides a superior grip.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users with flat feet say that the Vans OG SK8-Hi LX does not provide enough arch support. 
  • According to a few reviews, it is among the Vans shoes that need breaking-in to experience the full comfort. 

Bottom line

Vans Vault interpreted the iconic SK8-Hi with different colorways and premium materials countless times. The Vans OG SK8-Hi showcases a classic silhouette fused with modern comfort, meeting current fashion needs. 

More than just creating a fashion statement, it is also a skate shoe that provides functionality and performance. It delivers fantastic board feel and excellent traction. Pleasant aesthetic and functionality are offered in such a reasonably-priced shoe.

Good to know

The Vans OG SK8-Hi LX is available in men's and women's sizing. The shoe's high-top profile gives ankle protection and support, especially for those who need to perform skateboarding tricks. A traditional lacing system keeps the foot securely locked down.

This high-top shoe has an adequately padded ankle collar and tongue for added support. It has an EVA footbed that provides sufficient cushioning and impact protection.

An all-time fave silhouette interpreted in another exciting style without losing its classic elements is a perfect definition of the Van OG SK8-Hi LX. Depending on the colorway, the upper may or may not come with hairy suede and combined with canvas and leather materials. 

Like other Vans SK8-Hi shoes, this model can quickly complement several dress-up and -down outfits. It can work well with cuffed pants, distressed denim jeans, culottes, leggings, denim skirts, and other casual clothing.

With a timeless silhouette, the Vans OG SK8-Hi LX offers a modern take of fashionable style with its fresh colorways. It showcases an upper that provides a contemporary vibe and luxurious feel as well as eye-catching colors. More than its tangible aesthetic, it also features superior grip, and great board feel delivered by its vulcanized outsole with a waffle tread pattern.

The iconic Vans SK8-Hi or initially named Style 38, was introduced in 1978. This was to answer the need to provide sufficient ankle protection and support that the Old Skool shoes were unable to deliver. 

Like the Old Skool, it showcased the iconic Jazz Sidestripe that provided additional design as well as support and durability. It has been delivering functionality to skateboarders who use and abuse their lower extremities most of the time. 

Since its initial release date, it has been re-released and reinterpreted countless times yet continues to be loved by any generation. In fact, the Vans Vault, which is the brand's premium label, has utilized the iconic silhouette to create fresh and beautiful iterations. One of which is the Vans OG SK8-Hi LX. 

This has been released in multiple colorways. Also, depending on the color options, the shoe may come with an upper made of suede, canvas, leather, or a combination of all materials. Since this shoe comes from the Vans Vault, it is expected to be of high-quality, and it can't typically be bought at stores like Journey but at select retailers.     

  • LX means Luxe. 
  • Vans Branding is accented on the heel plate and tongue.
  • The Vans Vault line consists of shoes and styles from the brand's design of over 40 years. Every style features a contemporary twist inspired by the music, art, fashion, street, and the world of skate and surf.  

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.