Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Zip provides a comfortable fit on feet, according to a number of commenters. 
  • A couple of reviewers appreciate the slim fit of the shoe since it does not make the feet look bulky.
  • Several satisfied buyers state that the shoe's zipper is very convenient as it saves time to slip on and off. 
  • The SK8-Hi Zip from Vans impresses a couple of wearers with its durable build.
  • Many are pleased about how the shoe flatters a lot of casual outfits. 
  • The high-top silhouette meets the level of security and support that most users desire.
  • Numerous reviewers agree that the shoe is worth recommending to others.
  • Some of the reviews mention that the SK8-Hi Zip instantly became one of their favorite pairs. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Few comments state disappointment that the insoles are not removable.
  • Some reviewers mention that the shoe is hard to clean.

Bottom line

Vans SK8-Hi Zip is one of the most practical skate sneakers from the Vans SK8-Hi collection. With just the right amount of arch support, the shoe is also praised for its overall comfortability. The shoe maintains a slim silhouette that makes it look sleek and helps wearers stand-out when wearing the shoe. 

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Good to know

The Vans Sk8-Hi Zip is offered in both men's and women's sizes. The upper is constructed out of leather and suede materials for the right amount of breathability. With a signature waffle rubber outsole, the shoe offers the same traction as the other sneaker from the Sk8-Hi collection from vans. 

Just like any other high-top sneakers, the shoe offers ample support and protection. To top everything off, the shoe has a zipper at the back for quick on and off. For a customizable and secured fit, the shoe also has a lace-up fastening detail. 

The classic look of the Vans Sk8-Hi Zip keeps the silhouette of the original Vans SK8-Hi with a twist. A zipper at the back is added for convenience but also adds distinctive design to the shoe. This shoe can match multiple casual outfits, perfect for people who are always on the go.

The following are some styles men can wear the sneaker with:

  • When it comes to achieving a sophisticated look, one can opt for a charcoal v-neck sweater and black vertical striped dress pants. The Sk8-hi zip can give the look a touch of effortlessness to the ensemble.
  • No one can go wrong with a white crew-neck shirt with regular straight-cut jeans. Throwing on a dark denim jacket serves accent to the look. Anyone can also turn the outfit fun by wearing bright printed socks with the kick.   

The Vans Sk8-Hi Zip is inspired by the skate heritage. With a variety of colorways available for the shoe, anyone can get a pair that suits their style. The combination of zipper entry and lace-up closure also adds to the uniqueness of the shoe.

Before the brand became the leading skateboarding shoe, but they have faced a long unstable journey. On the morning of  March 16, 1966, the first store of Vans opened in Anaheim, California.  On the first day, 12 customers came in and bought the first display. The first Vans shoes came in numbers; the very first one was #44, now called Authentic

Over the years, the Sidestripe brand has created numerous sneakers dedicated to skateboarding that became staples. The Sk8-Hi was an impressive design that took the brand to a new level. It received a bulk of different iterations, including the Vans Sk8-Hi Zip, which gained a lot of praise from the sneakerheads.

  • The shoe is also great for skateboarding.

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.