Who should buy the Vans SK8-Hi MTE

The SK8-Hi MTE from Vans revels in its excellence in delivering memorable urban experiences, whether the cold is in or out. It's for you if:

  • You need a winter-ready version of the classic SK8-Hi.
  • Your confidence ratchets up in sneakers that give moderate-to-high underfoot sensitivity.
  • Shoes that provide extra adhesion on inclines are what you need.
  • You want the cuffs of your slim-straight pants to rest more relaxed on your feet.

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Who should not buy it

If you need something considerably more reliable in wet conditions, wear the Vans SK8-Hi MTE-2 instead. The same shoe also has improved durability, making it a better, more confidence-inspiring purchase overall.

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The SK8-Hi MTE's astonishing comfiness

Reviewers in droves are impressed with the Vans SK8-Hi MTE resplendent comfort.

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Immensely sticky

Skaters say that the kick's outsole, which comes with a reversed waffle pattern, is supremely efficient in maintaining grip and traction.

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Not just for fall and winter use

Sneakerheads say that they use this version of the Vans SK8-Hi every day, not only in cold weather.

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Vans SK8-Hi MTE equals underwhelming weatherproofing

Owners say that the Scotchgard™ treatment on the uppers struggles to keep light moisture from penetrating the shoe's confines.

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Soft and warm bootie

The shoe's faux fur lining, based on reports, gives a plush feel and sufficient coziness all over.

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Its pull tabs might not last

There are those who say that the SK8-Hi MTE's pull tabs are weak.

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Among Vans' most responsive

Same with its SK8-Hi predecessors, it provides more than enough boardfeel, thanks to its flat-to-the-ground structure, according to skaters.

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The OOTD-friendly SK8-Hi MTE

 Like other versatile Vans sneakers, this can be paired with smart or casual attire quite effortlessly. Also, it is a common thing to be complimented while wearing this sneaker, whether on the streets or in the office.

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The Vans SK8-Hi MTE in history

In 1978, Vans released the Style 38, which was rebranded in 1995 as SK8-Hi. It came with padding on the ankles, which provided skate-specific support and protection.

Decades have passed, and the SK8-Hi had traversed different aspects of music, sports, art, and fashion. Numerous collaborations with the brand were also prevalent during its half-century age.

An outdoor-inspired remodel of the Sk8-Hi was introduced to the public in 2014, coined as the Mountain Edition (MTE). The SK8-Hi MTE is engineered with weatherproof elements, making it more capable of providing a versatile kind of performance on the streets.

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Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans SK8-Hi
Style: Retro, Sporty, Sneakerboots
Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Sk8-hi
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.