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8 reasons to buy

  • Its unique look was considered by most as attractive.
  • The few who took their time to leave a review lauded the Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX for its comfy feel.
  • Satisfied purchasers thought that this shoe’s materials were durable and of top-notch quality.
  • One reported that this casual footwear feels lighter than the iconic SK8-Hi.
  • When used in the gym for working out as well as walking, hiking, and climbing, the shoe performed remarkably well, some noticed.
  • It’s worth the money, another said.
  • The Concrete UltraRange Hi DX is an all-season shoe that can be worn both indoors and outdoors, others noted. One even added that its construction was light enough for Vegas summer and warm enough for Colorado winter.
  • One tester reported that it offers excellent traction and mobility.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The high-top Concrete UltraRange DX fits larger than other Vans footwear, a loyal Vans follower informed.
  • Its laces are too long, one user observed.
  • This model’s heel-to-toe drop is slightly higher than other Vans sneakers, another remarked.
  • Others wished this shoe came in more colorways.

Bottom line

The Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX, a somewhat recent installment of UltraRange collection, which mixes the brand’s timeless style with its newfound cushioning tech perfectly. The outcome is a sports-inspired shoe that allows its users to go beyond their comfort zone in style.

Reasonably-priced, those who have tried it consciously brushed off its minor flaws to enjoy its durable, lightweight construction, unique aesthetics as well as versatility.

Facts

Top: High
Inspired from: Other
Collection: Vans UltraRange
Price: $115
Size
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Available in sizes 6.5 to 13 for men and 8 to 14.5 for women, this high-top generally fits as expected with extra wiggle room for the toes. Its multi-media upper made of a mix of synthetic, textile and premium leather offer sufficient support while remaining breathable. Rubbing and weight are also reduced with the addition of the seamless internal LuxLiner sock-fit construction.

Traverse boardwalks, city streets or mountain paths in comfort and style with the Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX. The combination of deluxe leather, synthetic, and textile in its upper give this sneaker its distinctive look while the high-cut profile gives this shoe an edgy flair. An all-season footwear through and through, these kicks complement well with a myriad of outfits including denim, shorts, and joggers as well as t-shirts, jackets, and hoodies.

The Concrete UltraRange Hi DX’s silhouette may have borrowed elements of its design from the classic SK8-Hi yet its overall aesthetic easily stands out from its ancestors.

While it keeps the hallmark Sidestripe logo and high-top construction, it ditched the signature vulcanized waffle sole and opted to get a co-molded UltraCush outsole with reverse waffle lugs for enhanced versatility and long-wearing traction. This feature also blessed this athlete-inspired sneaker with a sturdy, somewhat chunky exterior that’s perfect for outdoor explorations.

Arguably one of  Vans’ most iconic sneakers, the SK8-Hi, originally dubbed as the “Style 38,” shook its fans when it made its debut in 1978. It was the second shoe released by this California-based brand to be adorned with the brand’s famed Sidestripe, formerly known as the “jazz stripe.”

Loaded with your typical skate shoe’s functional elements, this piece boasted durability. Its high-top construction, though, safeguarded skaters’ ankles from injuries. This feature also boosted its stylish appeal to a whole new level.

Both skaters and BMX riders considered the SK8-Hi as their go-to performance shoe. Nowadays, this kick is regarded as a lifestyle staple, not only by extreme sports fanatics but also by trendsetters as well as celebrities including supermodel Gigi Hadid, rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani.

Since inception, the SK8-Hi has evolved in too many ways thanks to the Vans athletes’ limitless ideas. The UltraRange collection revealed on July 15, 2017, includes in its catalog the Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX. Although its silhouette is rooted from SK8-Hi’s vintage styling, as a result of surfer Pat Gudauskas’ vision, its aesthetic is upscaled taking a tough, rugged air while its functionality is elevated to unreached heights.

Like its low-top predecessors, it features a full-length, co-molded UltraCush Lite foam-infused midsole and Vans’ reverse waffle lug outsole for superior mobility and comfort as well as durable grip. Its high-top construction, on the one hand, supplies additional cushioning, not to mention, improved ankle support.

  • Variable tension lacing system and arch grommets help in securing the shoe’s fit.
  • Pull tabs are added to the heel and tongue for easy slip on and off.

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