Facts

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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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Vans sneakers are always known for their narrow fit. The Vans Black Hi HF is no exception to the snug fitting silhouette while staying true to size. The winterized footwear is available in medium width with sizes for men ranging from sizes 7 to 14. Women may also wear the sneaker by going down 1.5 sizes down the existing men’s sizes.

If people were to choose between a solid and equally heavy winter cleat versus a casual sneaker high-top like the Vans Black Ball Hi HF, many younger sneakerheads would probably prefer the latter. The neutral tones of black and brown, tonal Sidestripe detailing paired, and creamy white outsoles give it the look of casual sneakers while the full leather material that extends above the ankle provides this high-top with the feel of a compact winter cleat.

Walk through the metropolis at night with enough confidence that the Vans Black Ball Hi HF would pair well with a puffy overall, a leather coat, or a thermal jacket with enough confidence for the rest of the day. The sleek look would easily blend into the crowd without looking awkward as its style reflects versatility for many fashion tastes.

With modifications made to the original Vans Black Ball Hi SF (Short Foxing) in preparation for the cold days of winter, the Vans Black Ball Hi HF (Heightened Foxing) has a heightened foxing tape that is single wrapped and an extended toe cap for extra protection from the elements. The casual high-top sneaker is reinforced with Vans’ MTE or Mountain Edition technology to retain the warmth in the feet while also preventing moisture from entering the shoe with the DWR or Durable Water Repellent-treated textile and canvas upper materials. Lastly, the new winterized style is constructed with reverse waffle outsoles and a molded UltraCush Lite sockliners for lightweight comfort and superb traction that lasts all day so that the harsh elements outdoors do not hinder any of your winter adventures.

The history of the world’s most famous skateboarding shoe company started in 1966. But before the rise of the immensely popular Vans sneakers, the story began with Paul Van Doren quitting school at 14. The eighth-grader was adamant at going back to school and instead ended up as a cleaner and erstwhile shoemaker at Randy’s, a US footwear maker. While Paul worked his way up the company, he eventually became its Executive Vice-President at 34 years old as the company grows as a major shoe manufacturer in America.

But Paul Van Doren’s journey into shoemaking didn’t end up there. He wanted to make his brand of shoes with the Van Doren Rubber Company. On March 16, 1966, Paul and his brother James Van Doren and business partners Gordon Lee and Serge D’Elia opened the first Vans sneakers factory retail store at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California. What has made Vans sneakers unique is that it is designed and manufactured in the same store and directly sold to the public.

But aside from being just a skateboarding shoe manufacturer, the company has also ventured into the creation of the Vans Surf line. While the sales of these shoes are a small percentage compared to the skate-inspired Vans sneakers, the American brand that popularized the skating culture soon also opened its doors to other active sports. Among the surf shoes currently being sold in the Vans sneakers portfolio are the UltraRange, Chauffeur, Bali, and Desert Chukka and Low in surf-ready design for some stylish beach walking.

The company also created the Vans Surf Team to endorse apparel and footwear for the line. In 2008, pro surfer Joel Tudor was the first surfer to sign on with Vans’ apparel program. Other big names in the Vans Surf Team include the likes of Dane Reynolds, Alex Knost, Kalani Chapman, Wade Goodall, Jared Mell, and the Gudauskas brothers.

The Vans Black Ball Hi SF was first released as early as 2016 with the latest iteration dropping December 2017 for the winter-ready version, the Vans Black Ball Hi HF.

  • The Vans Black Ball Hi HF with its deconstructed high-top looks was made using water-based inks and glue.
  • The signature leather side stripe come in tonal treatment while the enhance toecap detailing deliver extra protection.
  • The single-wrapped foxing tape offers lightweight comfort for the sneaker.
  • The vulcanized lug outsole of the high-top sneaker provides maximum grip and traction.

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