Size and fit

The Vans SK8-Hi Pro is a unisex shoe that is available in men's and women's sizes. This mid-top sneaker is engineered with a traditional lace-up closure with 8 eyelets for excellent support and lockdown.

Vans SK8-Hi Pro Style

Initially designed with skateboarding in mind, the SK8-Hi range has successfully crossed into the lifestyle arena thanks to its simple and classic aesthetic. The shoe exudes a retro, cool vibe that remains not only classic and relevant no matter the trend but is also easy to style with a wide array of outfits. Its high-top silhouette combined with stylish colorways could enhance a rather boring ensemble.

Today people are seen pairing it with crop, tapered pants to showcase its high-top design matched with a t-shirt and cap for a streetwear-inspired look. It could also be dressed in leggings, shorts, skirts, or dresses for the ladies or joggers, jeans, or walking shorts for the guys.

Notable Features

The Vans Sk8-Hi range has been on the market for decades and has purposefully remained faithful to its classic style. The Vans Sk8-Hi Pro adopts the original's time-tested design and elevates consumer experience by adding Ultracush HD insoles and Duracap rubber underlays. Aside from these upgrades, the kick's top-most lace eyelet can distinguish the Sk8-Hi Pro from the original version. The Sk8-Hi Pro's top-most eyelet is made of metal while the original version displays a punched eyelet hole.

Vans SK8-Hi Pro History

As per the well-documented history of Vans, it is known that the brand had unintentionally attracted a skateboarding clientele due to their waffle outsole's excellent grip. And from there helped cultivate the culture by providing footwear that caters to the demand of the sport. Although not as technologically advanced as its peers, Vans prides itself on a couple of time-tested styles that are still a favorite even to this day. One of these styles is the Sk8-Hi, which was officially launched in 1976 as the "Style 38."

The SK8-Hi's story starts with its sibling, the Old Skool, formerly known as the "Style 36." The Old Skool's leather and canvas upper were purposefully made to put up with the wear and tear of skateboarding. Skaters took the release of the Old Skool as a big deal, but something was still missing: ankle protection. The company released the Style 37, a mid-top skate shoe, to fulfill the missing piece but it wasn't enough. Therefore the SK8-Hi Pro was conceived, a high-top skate shoe that retained the Old Skool's leather and canvas construction and rubber outsole but with a taller profile that provided ample ankle protection and support.

Today the SK8-Hi has been reinterpreted in countless ways without messing with the original construction too much. The kick has been released in a slimmer version, an all-weather version, and innumerable colors and prints – all donning the classic style of the original. One of these many reinterpretations is the Vans SK8-Hi Pro, which features upgrades for a longer-lasting built and enhanced protection and comfort while you dominate a skate sesh.

Additional Info

  • The insoles are detachable.
  • This kick comes with an extra pair of laces.
  • The Vans Sk8-Hi Pro also comes in a number of collab versions that include Thrasher, Supreme, and Scotty Cranmer.

Facts / Specs

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

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