Size and fit

The Vans Sk8-Hi Pro BMX is offered in unisex sizing. It fits true to size so it is suggested for one to go their usual size. With cotton laces that offer traditional fastening, one can have a more adjusted and secure fit.

Vans SK8-Hi Pro BMX Style

Created in a classic high-top silhouette, it is made from a blend of sturdy canvas and suede. Suede is used across the front of the toes and continues along with the tongue piece which includes a woven label at the top with Vans Off the Wall Pro-classics graphic. Moreover, the suede material can also be found on the signature side straps and on the back of the heel. Creating smooth outers on either side of the ankle, the lighter-colored nubuck is utilized. It also includes top-stitched paneling resulting in a padded effect. 

With colorways designed by Scotty Cranmer, these sneakers are available in black/white, all black, and Scotty Cranmer white with red details. Branding is simple with a Scotty graphic to the insole, which also showcases another insole designed with Scotty’s bulldog, Clarence, a woven flag label to the side, and a patch to the tongue, and a rubber OTW tab to the heel. 

As trendy as they are, these sneakers are easy to style with. A casual or street-style ensemble goes best with these shoes. One can match the pair with a basic tee, oversized graphic shirts, flannel pieces, and sweatshirts. As for the bottoms, one can go for jeans, baggy pants, jogger pants, or ripped jeans. 

Notable Features

Utilizing Vans’ proprietary dual-density PopCush molded footbed, it is the brand’s new foam recipe that’s been meticulously tuned for impact protection, superior cushioning, and incredible energy return. Also, the PopCush insole is removable. The DuraCap reinforcement rubber underlays are exceptionally durable on the high wear areas. 

The UltraCush sockliners keep the foot close to the pedals while delivering the highest level of impact cushioning. Improved durability has been added around the front of the toes with an additional inner rubber patch that increases abrasion resistance where it’s needed the most. Replacing the traditional vulcanized construction, a Wafflecup BMX construction and the optimized outsole is used, providing even more support and board feel to the sneakers. Furthermore, WaffleCup tread combines rigid, flex patterns that provide foot-cradling support and a solid level of grip.

Vans SK8-Hi Pro BMX History

Founded in 1966, two brothers named Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren established The Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California. But, before Vans became Vans, it had quite a history. Paul Van Doren decided to take on the challenge of starting a new sneaker brand with also a new concept. He partnered with his brother Jim and their long-time business associate Serge D’Elia. All three moved their families to Southern California and set up the operation of the new brand in Anaheim. It took almost a year to put together the self-reliant shoe factory. 

Since their conception, Vans’ classic deck shoes have become contemporary footwear icons. With their thick vulcanized rubber soles and molded waffle grips, Vans’ slip-on and lace-up trainers now come in over 60 styles, alongside a comprehensive line of printed tees, logo sweatshirts, and backpacks. Recreating some of their classic silhouettes, Vans has produced a lot of reiterations from their classic archives.

One of these retro pairs is the Vans Sk8-Hi Pro BMX. Vans continue to impress with their ever-expanding range of BMX shoes, the latest being the Vans' Pro range’s Sk8-Hi's that are designed by BMX champion Scotty Cranmer. Featuring the iconic Sk8-Hi silhouette, nubuck and suede upper, padded collars, DURACAP reinforcement rubber underlays, and a Wafflecup BMX construction for comfortable support and pedal feel. Made for BMX riding, the sneaker’s style, durability, and all-new construction help the Vans Sk8-Hi Pro BMX shoes stand out. 

Nice to know

  • The shoes also feature padded textile ankle for added comfort. 
  • A reinforced heel area also adds to the sneaker’s impact protection.
  • There are two pairs of shoelaces in black and white that come with the pair.

Facts / Specs

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

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