Verdict from +100 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics runs true to size.
  • Buyers can choose from multiple colorways available in the market.
  • This shoe has an affordable price point.
  • Many reviewers shared that this pair looks pleasant with any attire.
  • A large percentage of the respondents revealed that this footwear is very comfortable.
  • Few buyers cited that this kick is a great all around sneaker. Some of them shared that they use their Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics for biking, outdoor playing, enjoying the basketball, and for cruising the city streets.
  • Most of the respondents highly recommended this footwear to their friends.
  • A buyer shared that this kick is easy to break-in.
  • Few retro heads applauded the throwback vibe of this kick.
  • A handful of users praised the ample ankle support this shoe provides.
  • A couple of wearers noted that this pair has durable sole and suede upper.
  • Some buyers cited about the flexibility of this kick that gives them superb board feel.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Few reviewers complained that the Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics has insufficient arch support.

Bottom line

The timeless look of the Vans SK8-Hi is so impressive that Vans decided to revive it to cater to the modern consumers. The SK8-Hi Core Classics carried the original, stylish guise and stayed faithful in delivering superb comfort and ample ankle support. However, Vans failed to fine-tune this model's insufficient arch support, which rubbed a star out of its overall ranking. Overall, while this shoe doesn't offer any modern elements, its supportive and stylish sensibilities are still on point.

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Good to know

The Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics is available in both gender's sizing. Men can choose from sizes 3.5 to 16 while women have a size range of 5 to 14.5 US in medium width. This shoe has perforated upper with a generous collar and heel counter padding and a die-cut EVA insert for comfort all day long. At the same time, the lace-up fastening system provides personalize and secure fit for cozier experience with every stride.

The high-top Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics features all the retro elements yet cool enough to explore the streets in voguish style. This shoe displays throwback look with sleek details to add sophistication to the rugged, laidback vibe.

The SK8-Hi Core Classics is made of canvas and suede upper with visible stitching to enhance the laidback vibe. Also, the plain midsole with contrasted 'Vans Off the Wall' label on the heel adds striking style. Most wearers sport this classic kick with mix and matches of several casual ensembles. Some gents don this with straight-cut denim jeans, joggers, skinnies, and even with shorts while ladies strut their SK8-Hi Core Classics wearing leggings, skirt, or even with their long or short dresses.

The retro features of the SK8-Hi Core Classics made this shoe a perennial noteworthy silhouette for the majority of the buyers. Many retro heads cheered the classic look highlighted with the triple stitching found on the collar. Vans once again praised for its feat in bring the classic back to life.

Vans launched the Style # 36 or popularly known as the Old Skool in 1977. This shoe showcased canvas upper with solid, grippy rubber outsole which was enjoyed by many skaters that suited their board flips and tricks.

A year after, the Style # 37 was unveiled as the mid-top variety of the Style # 36. However, the brand thought of launching a design that provides better ankle protection, thus releasing footwear with a higher profile called the Style # 38 or the SK8-Hi. This model featured the exact features of its predecessor, Old Skool, but with high-cut silhouette and sufficient ankle padding. The brand also used more cushioning, stitching, and folding to enhance the durability and provide distinctive style.

Just like the Old Skool, SK8-Hi became famous to the young generation, and most of them turned this sneaker as their outlet of self-expression. They used this kick as their canvas for doodling, or some went straight to the warehouse and had their SK8-Hi customized.

While many styles were launched over the years, the SK8-Hi has generally stayed original to its classic elements. But in the 80s, the brand altered minor details such as broader eyestay and smaller perforations on the vamp for comfier and more durable ride.

This silhouette was able to infiltrate the music scene which further propelled its popularity among the skaters and fashionistas. As a result, the call was high which pushed the Vans to move their production to China to keep up with the soaring demand for the SK8-Hi.

Years passed, various iterations were molded from the Sk8-Hi silhouette, but many still preferred the classic look to stay. The Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics features all the retro facets to cater its followers who prefer staying old school while keeping up with the modern trend. This shoe features canvas and suede upper with the iconic Sidestripe and the grippy vulcanized waffle outsole.

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics is made of vulcanized gum rubber outsole with the signature waffle-pattern tread that delivers superb grip and excellent board feel.
  • Measuring from the arch, the shaft of this sneaker is approximately 4" in length.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.