Size and fit

The Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro is a unisex high-top skate shoe that's offered in both men and women's sizes. This pair utilizes a traditional lace-up closure to provide a secure and lockdown fit. It features UltraCush HD insole for enhanced in-step comfort and cushioning, while its padded collar offers cushiony protection for the wearer's ankles.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro Style

Inspired by the Old Skool's design, the SK8-Hi displayed the same timeless and straightforward style, which helped it cross over from the skate park to the streets. The shoe's vintage and simple good looks are also the reason why it remains stylish and versatile even today. Its iconic silhouette adorned with the equally iconic Vans Checkerboard print and bathed in multiple colorways could instantly add oomph to any outfit.

People were seen rocking the pair with shorts and cropped trousers to show off its high-top profile and Checkerboard style. Consumers could also match it with everyday staples such as jeans and joggers for the boys and leggings, skirts and dresses for the girls.

Notable Features

With a little over four decades of being on the market, the Vans SK8-Hi's iconic silhouette has been time-tested and has withstood trends, and for this reason alone the Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro is already notable. Staying faithful to its heritage's aesthetics, this sneaker model retained the original's design and improved it by adding modern technologies to enhance customer experience. Innovations such as DuraCap rubber underlays and UltraCush HD insoles helped increase durability and shock absorption respectively.

Aside from these technological updates, this kick also exhibits a more stylish look through the addition of Vans' signature Checkerboard print.

Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro History

With Vans' rich and well-documented story, most sneaker enthusiasts know very well about how the brand stumbled upon their accidental skateboarding clientele. Since then Vans has been unstoppable in pushing the culture of skate forward, from laying down the groundwork to eventually innovating. The company is most famous for staying true to their classic and iconic styles such as the Slip-On, the Old Skool, the Authentic, and the SK8-Hi.

First introduced in 1976 as the "Style 38," the SK8-Hi was born because of skaters' feedbacks. It all started when Vans released another iconic shoe called the Old Skool or initially known as the Style 36. The Old Skool was a monumental shoe for most skaters as it is the very first skate kick that featured a more durable upper made from a combination of leather and canvas. But as they were skating in it, they noticed that it's missing an essential ingredient – ankle protection. As a solution to their market's dilemma Vans launched a mid-top version called the Style 37, but skaters wanted more, and this is where the SK8-Hi was created.

With the same aesthetic as the Old Skool and with enough ankle support and protection, the SK8-Hi became a staple in every skater's wardrobe. Today the high-top sneaker has been revised countless times without straying too far from the original's design. The SK8-Hi has been introduced in a slim version, a waterproof version, and numerous colorways and prints. One of its many iterations is the Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Pro, an upgraded version of the original that features several technologies for enhanced comfort and durability. It also displays the brand's signature Checkerboard print on the midfoot section for added style.

Additional Info

  • Some of this sneaker's most popular colorways are Desert Rose and Black / Victoria Blue.
  • The shoe's upper is crafted from a combination of sturdy canvas and suede materials.
  • It also features a Pro Vulc Lite sole for great board feel, flexibility, and relatively lighter weight than previous models.


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