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6 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap’s major selling point is its grand style which is praised by many for its on-point details.
  • Several customers express their deep adoration for the sneaker, and a portion of them even hail it as their new favorite silhouette.
  • According to one purchaser, the combination of materials along with the unique details give the sneaker a more premium makeover.
  • The Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap is so versatile which blends really well with his skinny jeans, one consumer testifies.
  • The sneaker is one of the Vans high tops that are easy to put on, according to one commenter.
  • Many wearers are pleased with the comfort the sneaker offers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Though some buyers commend the easy slip-on feat of the zipper enclosure, some users are annoyed that their zippers tend to get stuck at times.
  • A couple of reviewers dislikes the tight elastic bands that did not stretch open wide.

Bottom line

With the prevalence and success of Virgil Abloh models in recent years, Vans jumped into the bandwagon and created its own deconstructed version of its coveted high top: the Vans SK8-Hi. The Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap keeps the “Off-White” flame burning by embellishing its beloved SK8-Hi with unique details and material combinations.

The sneaker receives polarizing views from hypebeasts with the other half of the spectrum saying it is a disappointing move for Vans. But most buyers testify to its grace and give the sneaker a considerable rating.


Base model: Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard
Price: $95
Special editions: 2 special editions
Small True to size Large
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There is a handful of Checkerboard Vans that feature zippers for a new enclosure and the Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap by Vans is one of the fortunate to have those. Aside from the convenient, yet sometimes dysfunctional zips on the lateral side, traditional laces add a bit of snug on the vamp portion of the sneaker.

The overall structure of the SK8-Hi by Vans was maintained in this model, but the Cali-based company gave it a twist. Aside from the deconstructed look of the overlays and an unusual Sidestripe, the sneaker also reshuffles some elements like the “Off the Wall” heel plate and the tongue tab.

The on-trend appeal of these kicks was divided into two significant colorways. The black Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap and true white were one of the most sought out iterations since its release. Men and women are free to wear anything because such sneakers are already a fashion statement on their own.

At first glance, these Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap in black or white already has noticeable details starting with the eccentric rework of the overlays and the standout stitching around the Sidestripes. Another aspect that makes this model unique is the presence of zippers alongside the lateral lacebed.

Deconstructing was the hippest and craziest trend of 2018 when Virgil Abloh entered the sneaker realm via his Off-White creations. This entitled Vans to replicate the said gimmick and obligate their Vans Vault division to do the same. The shoe of choice was the SK8-Hi, and since then, everything made the difference.

The new look of the Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap owes its brilliance to the Vans Vault SK8-Hi LX which was released in mid-2018. The LX version was dressed up in leather, suede, and canvas with the similar accent of quoted “Off the Wall” prints on the zipper lace tags.

The look was carried over by the Sk8-Hi Reissue Cap, but the Off-White-like prints were removed.

  • The cut-and-paste look of the sneaker utilizes a mix of canvas, leather, and suede materials.
  • Iconic Vans checkerboard patterns are featured on the sneaker’s medial panel with a subliminal sidestripe stitch.
  • Grip and traction are provided by the signature Waffle outsole.
  • The black version was released in December while the True white was released in early 2019.


Danny McLoughlin

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