We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue sneakers have a “gnarly” style that’s distinctly Vans, a lot of pleased buyers noted. One of them told of how frequently he was being stopped by random people asking him about his kicks.
  • A few buyers liked the soft but sturdy leather uppers of the high-top sneakers.
  • Many consumers were delighted with the comfortability of Vans SK8-Hi Reissue Leather shoes.
  • The colors are exactly as pictured, and they’re awesome in person according to plenty of purchasers. The black colorway was particularly cited by a few as extremely stylish.
  • These Vans unisex SK8-Hi Leather Reissues have a true to size fit and average width, according to some reviewers.
  • The casual high-top sneakers are durable and even hold up well under the rain, a handful of testers mentioned.
  • Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue shoes are light for a high-top, a small number of people reported.
  • The quality of these lifestyle kicks is undeniable as per a few customers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One user complained that the tongues of Vans Leather SK8-Hi Reissue sneakers are a bit hard and would need breaking in.

Bottom line

One of Vans’ most distinctive classic styles, the SK8-Hi, does a comeback with an interesting twist. The retro silhouette is now covered in strong but soft leather uppers that’s made many a stranger stop and take a second look.

Despite having a taller profile, the shoes don’t feel heavy at all. They’re comfy enough for doing everyday activities and, of course, stylish enough for play. A little less break in time and this shoe is perfect.


Base model: Vans SK8-Hi
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Leather
Price: $75
Colorways: Blue, Purple
Special editions: 17 special editions
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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.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.