Who should buy Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi is ideal choice for you if you are looking for:

  • classic silhouette with quirky print that adds style
  • street look with vulcanized sole and jazz stripe 

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi logo white

Support and flexibility

The high-top padded collar enhances support and flexibility.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi front


The toecap of Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi is reinforced to enhance the durability suitable for wear and tear use.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi lacing

Super grip

It has the signature waffle-pattern rubber outsole that delivers superb grip on and off the board.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi sole

History of Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi

In 1977, Vans introduced the Style 36 featuring leather and canvas upper with a sticky rubber outsole. Many skaters loved this sturdy design suitable for their board flips and tricks. The Style 36 was introduced around the same time Era was launched, which was specific for skateboarding.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi toebox

SK8-Hi showcases well-celebrated features from its predecessor, the Old Skool. This model retained the signature waffle sole and the canvas-leather upper and the brand's logo, the jazz stripe. During the early days of Vans, shoes can be customized. People sometimes brought some fabric to the warehouse and had it turned into a sneaker. Meanwhile, some chose to doodle on the blank space of the high-top silhouette of the SK8-Hi. Many favored this model to be their canvas.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi heel cage

Various iterations molded from the SK8-Hi were launched in the market intended to cater to multiple kinds of consumers. One is the Checkerboard SK8-Hi which features the same fundamentals as the SK8-Hi and enhanced with eccentric checkerboard print.

Facts / Specs

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

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