Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissues are offered in men’s sizes although the kicks are unisex. Sizing for these shoes ranges from 3.5 to 11. Since men’s sizes are larger, women need to go down 1.5 sizes from their usual shoe measurement. These sneakers are true to size.
The high-top profile provides enhanced support for the ankles as well as additional cushioning. The tall profile also helps keep the feet securely locked in.
The leather fabric in these reissued kicks adds versatility to the shoes. Not only can these be worn for sporty events, but they can also be dressed up for smart casual occasions. Style these up with pants and a ribbed blouse (women) or knitted shirt (men). If you’re going to pick the black colorway, make sure to get something brightly-colored for your top to make your outfit pop. You can also do a bit of edgy street style by pairing the kicks with fitted jeans, a fitted shirt, and a leather jacket.
The beautiful leather uppers of Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissues as well as the classy hues they are covered with, bring a premium look to an old street favorite. Of course, the shoes still come with that distinct Vans flair and vintage sensibility. The sneakers still carry all those features you loved in the SK8-Hi including the old familiar comfort, firm grip, and sturdy build.
The core model for the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue silhouette is the iconic SK8-Hi which traces its roots back to 1978. Vans previously called it “Style Number 38” and only changed it to its modern name in 1995. It was only the second model to don the now famous Vans Sidestripe, next to the Old Skool.
The SK8-Hi silhouette was considered revolutionary. Finally, here was a model that took protection above the ankles. The high-top construction and extra padding shielded ankle bones from being smashed badly by skateboards. The tall profile also brought on a whole new level of style to the park.
The SK8-Hi kept two of the things that skaters liked best about the Old Skool: the grippy waffle outsoles and the sturdy canvas/leather combination for the uppers. They were originally launched in three colorways (navy blue/light blue, cinnamon/rust, and brown/beige), but the SK8-Hi proved an even better canvas for creative expression than the Old Skool. The additional blank canvas panels made for bigger surface areas to doodle on or color in the kicks.
Over the years, the brand has introduced several reinterpretations of the classic SK8-Hi silhouette but did not mess with its basic structure much except for these two times when they widened the eye row and changed the perforation details near the toe box. One of these reinterpretations is the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue. For this version, Vans brought back the original narrow eye row details and covered the shoes in leather.
- Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue sneakers feature reinforced toecaps and the beloved signature rubber waffle outsoles.
- Some colorways of the model include Blanc de Blanc/Potting Soil, Oxford/Drizzle, and Oxford/Evening Sand.