Size and fit

The unisex Vans Suede SK8-Hi sneakers keep the feet snug with its high-top built that’s adequately stuffed on the tongue and around the collar. Fairly runs true to size, its standard lace-up closure offers a customized, lockdown fit. The suede body reinforces the structure of the entire shoe, making it equipped with the abrasiveness of skateboarding games.

Vans Suede SK8-Hi Style

If you’re in a hunt for a classic go-to high top which you can pair with an endless array of outfits, then the monochromatic Vans Suede SK8-Hi might be the style that suits you. You may sport a laidback or modest set of top and bottom yet look fab when you fuse it with this SK8-Hi sneaker that looks stunning with a velvety exterior. To promote an edgy and spunk skater look, you may merge this with dark, slim-fitted jeans while staying comfy under your favorite neutral-toned or solid-colored hoodie. To achieve a dressy vibe, you may throw on a knitted crew neck jumper over slim-fit pants. Or you may chuck on a parka or dark denim jacket over a plain light-shaded tee and narrow pants for a more formal look. 

Notable Features

If consumers gosmitten by the leather and canvas varieties of the SK8-Hi, they are even more struck by the functional and stylish allure of the Vans Suede SK8-Hi. Its all-suede façade offers a sophisticated tone that elevates the appearance of the most modest choices of everyday casual streetwear. Although it isn’t tech-heavy, the combination of padded collar and tongue and sufficient cushioning underfoot that constitute this sneaker makes idesirable on and off the skateboard. All these are complemented by the ever-reliable sticky and hard-wearing waffle rubber sole.  

Vans Suede SK8-Hi History

Back in 1978 Vans rolled out a high-top variation of the skate-centric Old Skool sneaker that showcased the most recognizable Vans side stripe on the side panels. Initially labeled as the Style 38, this skate sneaker with collar height that extends significantly above the ankle is now known for its popular name, the SK8-Hi.

From the time of its drop, this sneaker immediately received a warm reception from riders that it later turned out to be an indispensable style of skate shoe by Vans that prospered worldwide. What made this sneaker desirable is the enhanced support built around its padded collar which at the same time offers a stylish look.

The Vans SK8-Hi’s durable and supportive structure stood the test of time and remains to be a dominant and well-sought-after silhouette by Vans. Over the years it has been dressed in hard-wearing suede and leather and layered with canvas using timeless shades, retro prints, and multicolored checkerboard motif. The all-suede Vans Suede SK8-Hi is one of the classic and fashionable reinterpretations given to this shoe which makes it fitting not only for skateboarding but an ideal sneaker of choice for everyday wear.

Additional Info

  • The high-top Vans Suede SK8-Hi comes with a perforated vamp for breathability.
  • This sneaker is made of a vulcanized rubber outsole with the trademark Vans waffle tread that affords flexible traction and natural board feel.
  • Other varieties of the Vans Suede SK8-Hi are Moc, Lite, Slim, and Reissue Laceless HG.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Sk8-hi
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole
Season: Spring, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.