The high-top Leather SK8-Hi Slim Zip from Vans comes in unisex sizes, from 3.5 boys’/5.0 women’s up to 10.0 men’s/11.5 women’s. It’s in medium width and fits true to size. It should be noted, nevertheless, that several wearers have found the shoes too big and ended up taking a half size down for an appropriate fit.
It’s a classic Vans model with a high-top collar, with the first Sk8-Hi intended to protect and support skaters’ ankles. This shoe is no exception, offering the same features albeit in a slimmed down version. It also has a leather upper that provides excellent support. Its lace-up system with the zip-up at the back secures the feet properly.
Everything, from jeans to sweatpants, could go well with the high-top Vans Leather SK8-Hi Slim Zip. Because of its edgy style, the shoes need minimal styling when it comes to outfits and could be worn for any relaxed outing. Skinny jeans and dresses are a good choice for a simple yet trendy appeal.
For a more laidback flair, shorts and skirts coupled with plain tops should be enough to show off the sneaker’s hip look. The kicks are attractive, eye-catching, and can liven up an outfit, so anything one wears is guaranteed to look extra stylish.
Just like the classic SK8-Hi, the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Slim Zip has a padded collar and a characteristic lace-up front. The Sidestripe, an iconic Vans hallmark, adorns the side of the shoe, with the Vans Off the Wall Logo on the tongue. It has monochrome stitching all over the upper as well as perforations along the toe for added breathability. Its heel has a zipper entry which makes it distinctive from other models.
Vans started out in 1966, in a little store in Anaheim, California. Two brothers, James and Paul Van Doren, along with Gordon C. Lee and Serge D’Elia, established it under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company. Their shoes had a sticky sole and rugged style that quickly became a skateboarding favorite, paving the way for the brand’s continued success.
Throughout the years, several trademark Vans models have passed into iconic status for their versatility, reliability, style, and quality. One of these is the SK8-Hi. Introduced as “Style 38” in 1978, the Sk8-Hi was the second shoe to feature the well-known Vans Sidestripe, or “jazz stripe,” which was created by Paul Van Doren.
Back then, it was a highly innovative shoe that focused its functionality above the ankle. It was the area where skateboarders utilized and took full advantage of their lower force the most. As a result, they needed more support and protection around the ankle for high performance. The SK8-Hi provided both, while also bringing a new stylish look to the skate park.
Due to the popularity of the SK8-Hi, many versions and designs have popped up since then. One of the most unique is the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Slim Zip. While the original Sk8-Hi featured a suede and canvas upper, the Slim Zip incorporates full leather with a slimmer silhouette for a sleek modern style. It has a zip-up system at the back that makes it stand out from other high-tops.
- Toe caps are reinforced to endure frequent use.
- This model features the signature Vans rubber Waffle Outsole.