Size and fit

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.

Vans OG SK8-Hi LX Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Vans OG SK8-Hi LX History

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.     

Nice to know

  • 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.  


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