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8 reasons to buy

  • The majority were impressed with how these kicks reliably kept the feet dry and warm in snow and rain.
  • Walking and playing in the snow can be done without issues with the Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX, confirmed by a few users.
  • Its silhouette was often described as awesome, stylish and clean.
  • Many attested that this casual sneaker felt comfy.
  • Its flannel lining was particularly liked by one tester while another adored its textured midsole.
  • The SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX proved to be versatile as it can be used both indoors and outdoors, a reviewer informed.
  • Despite its high-cut profile, the shoe can be easily put on and off, at least one observed.
  • The black-colored model looked slim with its sole lined with black foxing, said one purchaser.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Out of a handful of feedback collated about the Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX, one mentioned that it runs wider than most low-top Vans footwear.

Bottom line

For 20 years, Vans proved to be efficient in creating high-performance snow cleats. This time, the brand opted to raise the bar to new heights and use its 20-year cleat making experience to create the high-top Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX.

Constructed to endure slush, rain and anything in between, this deluxe edition easily gained the approval of sneakerheads who are on the lookout for a functional and reliable fall/winter shoe. Relatively inexpensive, most of its testers consider its stylish aesthetic and lightweight build an added bonus.



Base model: Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans SK8-Hi
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Brown
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Flexible support can be expected from its raised, cushy collar as well as deluxe suede/lustrous leather upper. Made for all genders, this high-top is up for grabs in medium width and unisex sizing from 3.5 men’s/5 women’s to 13 men’s/14.5 women’s. While it often fits according to size, a few may find it to fit a bit loose. This, though, can be quickly fixed by opting to wear thicker socks.

Packed with a water-repellant TecTuff finished upper, not to mention a gusseted tongue, faux fur-lined insole and a speckled flannel-lined interior for superior cold and wet defense, this shoe is capable of braving torrential downpour and freezing temps. Now, both sneaker kings and queens can set aside their clunky cleats or uggs to roam the wet, icy city streets in style while keeping their feet dry, warm and protected from the season’s elements.

Minimally-styled and available in neutral shades like tonal black or rich brown/black, the sleek-looking leather overlay, textured solid white sole and clean, stitching accents give this shoe the pop it needs to make heads turn. Just a little imagination is required to come up with a dapper look with this sneaker’s simple yet elegant silhouette that surely offers limitless styling possibilities.

While this SK8-Hi variant carries with it its ancestor’s DNA, minus the signature Sidestripe, the Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX’s look becomes even more pronounced.

The upper made of a mix of deluxe suede and sleek leather plus the duck-boot inspired stitching accents on the front are enough to furnish this shoe with the right amount of elegant flair for night outs while the reverse waffle lug outsole supplies this kick with a touch of ruggedness perfect for trail hikes and the like.

Initially named as the “Style 38,” the now-iconic SK8-Hi left its fans drooling when it launched in the year 1978. Geared up to take the blows the extreme sport of skateboarding has in store, this work of art boasted durability. Skaters’ ankles were also protected from nasty injuries thanks to its elevated collar that also gave this shoe its unmatched appeal.

What was once a skater’s’ and a BMX rider’s go-to performance shoe soon became a default lifestyle footwear option among sneaker fanatics, fashionistas and practical types alike. Its increased popularity only pushed the brand to alter its classic styling in countless ways resulting in a stack of Sk8-Hi renditions.  

The Vans SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE DX is just one of the SK8-Hi’s alternative forms that roused Vans enthusiasts’ excitement when it dropped without forewarning. Included in the brand’s all-weather collection of kicks known as the Mountain Edition (MTE), this deluxe (DX) version was created after the successful release of its forerunner the SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE in 2015.

Like other Vans MTE kicks, the SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE DX is designed for the elements. It also carries with it its sibling’s duck cleat-inspired look. Its upper that combines premium cow suede, glossy leather and waxed canvas as well as its textured sole, however, set this sneaker apart from the rest.

  • Dampness is reduced and insulation is increased with the addition of a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole.
  • The vulcanized outsole is reconstructed to have reverse waffle lugs for maximum traction minus the bulk.
  • UltraCush insoles are added for long-lasting comfort.
  • The fit is secured easily with the SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX’s lacing system equipped with metal grommets and cord laces. It also comes with a spare pair of strings.
  • Branding is limited to the Vans flag on the lateral side and the “Off the Wall” logo on the heel for an understated flair.


Danny McLoughlin

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