Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Fit & Sizing
The Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 can be grabbed in men’s sizes ranging from 3.5 to 10 US or women’s sizes 5 to 11.5. 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.
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 canvas upper is also offered in colorways like True White/ True White, Checkerboard/ True White, and Black True White.