Who should buy the Vans Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3

The Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 could be the best pair for you if you are:

  • Looking for a better winter-ready version of the classic SK8-Hi.
  • In search of all-rounder boots for your snow, mud, or rain adventures.
  • A fan of waterproof boots with forceful traction and elegant style.

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Who should not buy it

If weighty sneaker boots that require breaking in displease you, the Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 model might not be the one for you. Try Vans SK8-Hi GTX as an alternative. If you want something equally rugged and cold-weather-ready yet less stiff, check out Vans SK8-Hi MTE 2.0 DX

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Vans Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3: An amazing fit

Sneakerheads love the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE-3 because, unlike most high-top sneaker boots, they say that “these are very easy to get on and off.” Some reviewers said that “they are slightly larger than normal” which for them just makes sense because they usually wear a little thicker socks in the snow and they fit perfectly with them.

Another expert mentioned that the toe box is “nice and rounded so you have a lot of space for your toes.” He added that “you can have these on all day.” As for the length, it is said to be true to size.

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Withstand the icy days with Vans Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3

Sneaker fans are floored by how the Vans MTE-3 kept their feet warm and dry. These sneaker boots, unlike the water-resistant predecessor which is the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE-2, have a GORE-TEX membrane that repels moisture to keep the feet dry. These also have a 3M Thinsulate inner lining that protects your feet against the cold. An expert agrees that these sneakers are good in the rain and snow. 

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Other sneakerheads say that the MTE-3s are more for colder weather compared to the MTE-2s and these are great winter boots that "feel more like shoes." Someone living in Alaska said that it is important for him to have waterproof shoes or boots that are warm, and that "these have both qualities."

Not just for the snow

Reviews mentioned that the Vans Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 is best used for “snow skating, athletic wear, walking, and in wet conditions.” One mentioned using this for "anything and everything" including fashion, harsh weather, and everyday use. Another buyer who spends a lot of time fishing and hunting has this kick as his companion. A UPS worker also testified that he uses this shoe in the warehouse for his unloading work, saying that "the job is very physical and the boots take a beating.”

Vans Sk8-Hi MTE-3: Value and chicness in every pair

Numerous buyers said that the Vans Sk8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 has a “sleek and elegant” style that “matches up with anything you throw on for the day.” An expert observed that its “durable water repellent-treated leather and textile uppers” provide the iconic aesthetics of Vans.

One expert said that this investment was "a no-brainer" because she would be willing to spend $65 more on such a shoe with added Goretex Technology.

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It’s grippier and a little heavy but...

For several users, the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE-3 is “kinda bulky and heavy” but most of them “really don’t mind since it serves its purpose.” One said that “it is expected to be a little heavier with a snowboots hybrid like this.” Another sneakerhead said, “once I put them on, I didn’t notice the weight.”

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A sneaker expert praised the traction these boots provide. It has a sticky rubber outsole with a dynamic lug tread pattern that provides a flexible, true all-weather grip. It is said to significantly aid in overall traction on all kinds of surfaces. With their higher toe bumper and toe-picking treads, users said that these offer even more protection and grip.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans SK8-Hi
Top: High
Collection: Vans Sk8-hi
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Leather
Technology: Gore-Tex
Season: Winter, Fall

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