We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has such a stylish and fashionable silhouette, uttered by many shoppers.
  • This platform sneaker provides relative support compared to the regular SK8-Hi.
  • These Vans SK8-Hi platform shoes deliver a comfortable fit, many wearers have attested.
  • A couple of users have expressed their appreciation regarding the platform feature of the shoe.
  • It is among the Vans SK8-Hi iterations that offer a great fit that is suitable for all-day walking, a few users have noted.
  • A buyer has mentioned that the shoe is surprisingly cushioned.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A wearer has said that she finds the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 to fit a tad big.
  • The shoelaces are not long enough, as per a reviewer.

Bottom line

The Vans SK8-Hi received an upgraded look by getting a chunkier outsole, providing a more stylish look and eye-catching appeal. Shoppers can grab this kind of eye-appealing Vans shoe without breaking their pocket. 

With its on-point style, it can quickly match a variety of casual and semi-casual attire. Apart from its fashionable aesthetic, this platform shoe is also an epitome of comfort as well as performance.


Style: Platform, Retro
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Leather
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Vulc Sole, EVA
Price: $90
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Fit & Sizing

The Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 can be grabbed in men’s and women’s sizing. One of the lifestyle sneakers offered by Vans, it has a leather upper for durable support as well as a padded collar for added comfort. 

Similar to shoes found in the Sk8-Hi collection, the unisex Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 is also a high-top shoe that provides adequate ankle support and protection. This iteration, however, has a chunky outsole that will make one look taller. Because of the platform feature, it became more dazzling. It has a leather upper with a snakeskin-like pattern. The Sidestripe emblem is made of leather too.

With a straightforward yet eye-catching design, this shoe with a leather upper can match not only casual but also semi-casual attire. A pair of Vans Leather Platform SK8-Hi 2.0 shoes can be grabbed in different colorways like leather snake/ black and leather snake/white.

One of the eye-catching and striking features of the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 is its updated midsole. With a chunkier look, the shoe gives a lift that allows the user to look taller. The upper also has a snakeskin-like texture that gives added style to its overall look.

In March 1966, Jim and Paul Van Doren together with their partners Gordon Lee and Serge D’Elia founded the Van Doren Company in Anaheim, California. Among the skate shoes that Vans released to deliver comfort and performance is the SK8-Hi. This silhouette was appreciated by BMX riders, skateboarders, and other athletes.  

The Vans SK8-Hi or also known as the Style 38 was initially launched in 1978. It is among Vans’ innovative silhouettes that bear the iconic Jazz Sidestripe. Its history started with the Old Skool or Style 36 which was launched in 1977 to address the problem of wear and tear in performing skateboarding tricks. But the Old Skool did not offer the ankle protection that skateboarders needed.

Hence, the Vans launched the Style 37 with a mid-top silhouette. Still, it was not enough. Eventually, the SK8-Hi was created and released. With a high-top silhouette, it was built with durable canvas and leather uppers that offer adequate ankle support and protection. The SK8-Hi was released several times in different colorways and various materials. One of which is the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0.

With a classic skate aesthetic, it received an upgraded look by getting a platform midsole that gives an added lift. It also has the Jazz Sidestripe detailing that offers increased durability and an added design. With a vulcanized construction, it has durable outsoles with a waffle tread pattern that offers excellent grip.

  SK8-Hi Collaborations

For over four decades of actively participating in sports and fashion scenes, the Vans SK8-Hi has kept its presence in the sneaker market by continuing to improve. In fact, Vans collaborated with different celebrities, brands, companies, and retailers to create a variety of innovative and stylish footwear using the silhouette of SK8-Hi. Among them are Bows and Arrows, Noah, WTAPS, NASA, Marvel, Mastermind Japan, Footpatrol, Taka Hayashi, Supreme, Disney, Marc Jacobs, Bones Bridges, Off-White, Niagara, and Thrasher.

  • The Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has a re-enforced toecap that can handle repeated wear.
  • Another model called the Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0 with a leather upper is also offered in colorways like true white/ true white, checkerboard/ true white, and black true white.