Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has a fashionable style that is adored by many customers. Others even mentioned that it looks cuter in person.
  • It is a well-cushioned sneaker that provides all-day comfort, noted by some wearers.
  • Several customers expressed that they love the platform feature of the shoe, making the user looks taller and providing more support than the regular Vans sneakers.
  • This revamped version of Vans SK8-Hi trainers has a versatile style that can match not only casual but also semi-casual outfits, said a couple of purchasers.
  • In spite of having thick soles, it is still a lightweight high-top sneaker, commented by a user.
  • Most reviewers said that they would recommend this sneaker to their friends and families.
  • The SK8-Hi Platform 2.0, like most Vans sneakers, has a budget-friendly price tag.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 fits larger than expected as per some reviewers. Sizing down is suggested.
  • One user complained that the shoe’s lacing is not long enough.

Bottom line

With a pocket-friendly price tag, the Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 maintained the classic elements at the same time received an upgrade by getting a thicker outsole. Like the rest of the SK8-Hi versions, it offers a stylish and versatile design that users can mix and match with their different casual and semi-casual clothing.

Apart from the on-point style, it also offers a comfortable fit that wearers can enjoy all day. When it comes to Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0, comfort, style, and performance are all proportionately combined together.

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Good to know

The Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0, like other Vans sneakers, is a unisex shoe available in men's sizing. It has a breathable canvas upper that allows adequate air circulation to keep the foot dry and fresh. Also, it has a cushioned ankle collar for added comfort and flexibility.

A unisex shoe, the Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has a straightforward-designed canvas and suede upper that are adorned by the iconic Jazz Sidestripe detailing. With a vulcanized construction, it has a platform midsole that gives an added lift. Like the Vans Leather SK8-Hi Platform 2.0, this iteration is also available in different colorways including True White/ True, Black True White and White, Checkerboard/ True White. Men and women can wear this fashionable high-top sneaker with their shorts, denim jeans, track pants, or joggers. Also, ladies can rock their Vans SK8-Hi trainers with minidresses, skirts, and jumpsuits.

One of the attractive traits of the shoe is its chunky midsole. With the updated and chunkier sole, the Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 makes any user looks taller and is more eye-catching than the regular SK8-Hi. Because of its thicker soles, it gives a subtle sophistication to its straightforward overall look.

The Van SK8-Hi or previously known as the Style 38, was first introduced in 1978. Among the Vans classics, it bears the iconic JazzSideStripe. The history of the SK8-Hi started back with Style 36 or Old Skool. Introduced in 1977, the low-top Old Skool was created as an answer to the wear and tear issue faced by skateboarders.

However, it was not enough, so Vans released the Old Skool with a mid-top silhouette or known before as the Style 37. Still, it did not satisfy the needs of those athletes. Finally, a Vans sneaker with a high-top profile was created and released in the name of SK8-Hi. It was not only able to address wear and tear but also provided sufficient ankle protection.

Part of the growing collection of SK8-Hi, the Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has a clean and sturdy canvas and suede uppers that sit atop of a vulcanized outsole. It bears the Sidetripe in leather material for an added style and durability. With a thicker midsole, it gives an added height to its users.

  • The Vans SK8-Hi Platform 2.0 has a re-enforced toecap to combat repeated wear.
  • It utilized the signature rubber waffle outsole that provides a superior grip.


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