Our verdict


Vans SK8-Hi has proven that it knows no boundaries when it comes to innovation and style. A new addition to the collection, the SK8-Hi Gore-Tex shows off unique and versatile design. Equipped with Gore-Tex technology, it provides waterproofing and foot warmth. Also, it uses UltraCush sockliner that provides lightweight comfort. More than the looks, it proves it’s worth every penny with the level of comfort and performance it provides.


  • Trendy design
  • On-feet comfort
  • Waterproofing protection
  • Beautiful colorways
  • Excellent grip
  • Perfect for cold weather conditions
  • Matches variety of casual outfits
  • Excellent board feel
  • Flexible


  • Lacks support
  • Limited colorways

Who should buy the Vans SK8-Hi GTX

This Vans sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with a mesh lining which delivers breathability
  • You are after a sneaker with UltraCush technology that gives lightweight cushioning

Vans SK8-Hi GTX logo

Size and fit

The SK8-Hi Gore-Tex by Vans is available in men’s and women’s sizing. It is a unisex sneaker with a high-profile silhouette that provides ankle protection and supporters, especially for skaters. Providing a secure lockdown, a lace-up fastening system is installed. 

Vans SK8-Hi GTX midsole

This sneaker has a suede upper with a Gore-Tex membrane that provides foot breathability. It has a padded ankle collar which provides added support. Granting excellent underfoot cushioning, it has UltraCush sockliner.

Style of the Vans SK8-Hi GTX

Experience foot protection and flaunt a fashion statement with the Vans SK8-Hi GTX. With a bold new spin, this iteration has a suede upper that showcases cream and white palettes. 

Vans SK8-Hi GTX laces

On the upper, a Gore-Tex tag is accented near the white leather Jazz Sidestripe while the Gore-Tex text and line graphics are flooding all over the white upper. Cream suede overlays are evident on the toe, lacing, and ankle areas. It is complemented with a white rubber midsole. 

Notable Features

Vans SK8-Hi Gore-Tex is a unique iteration that showcases a clean and functional upper. It features an upper with the Gore-Tex membrane that promotes optimized breathability. With the Gore-Tex fabric on the inside, it provides not only foot breathability, but also durability, performance, and water protection.   

Vans SK8-Hi GTX back

In addition, this high-top skate shoe also features a footbed with UltraCush technology. It ensures lightweight cushioning and all-day comfort.

History of the Vans Sk8-Hi GTX

The Style 38 or currently known as SK8-Hi, was originally launched in 1978. It provides better ankle protection and support compared to the Old Skool, which was released in 1977. 

Vans SK8-Hi GTX outsole

Most of the time, skaters used and abused their lower extremities. Therefore, the SK8-Hi offered next-level functionality. Over time, it has demonstrated that it is not only useful for skateboarding activities but also delivers a fashion statement. 

Vans SK8-Hi GTX toebox

Since its release, it has been reinterpreted and redesigned countless times using different materials and applying new concepts. Yet, no matter how far the imagination goes with respect to the design, it still maintains its classic elements. It has become a timeless silhouette. 

Vans SK8-Hi GTX back collar

One of its many variations is the Vans SK8-Hi Gore-Tex, which its latest release was in March of 2020. Showcasing a great innovation, it has an upper with a Gore-Tex membrane that provides foot protection against harsh outside elements. With a vulcanized construction, it has a gum outsole that delivers stability and excellent traction.

Vans SK8-Hi GTX collar

Nice to know

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Gore-Tex comes extra pair of yellow shoelaces with Gore-Tex branding. 
  • It has a mesh lining that gives added foot breathability.
  • The UltraCush footbed is removable. 
  • In 2019, a variation of Vans SK8-Hi GTX was also released in black/green and brown/purple colorways.