Verdict from 12 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Based on a great number of reviews, the Vans Sk8-Hi Pro BMX is by far the best quality and best Sk8 Hi sneakers that Vans has ever made. 
  • Numerous wearers have commented that the pair is incredibly comfortable. 
  • According to a lot of users, these sneakers from the Vans high-top sneakers collection are made tough and will surely last for a long time. 
  • These kicks work really great and have excellent endurance as well. 
  • A handful of owners have mentioned that the pair is super grippy. 
  • Heaps of customers admire how stylishly cool these sneakers are. 
  • Several happy purchasers have claimed that the Sk8-Hi Pro BMX gives excellent value for money. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users have noticed that the shoes require a break-in period. 
  • The sneakers feel a bit stiff at the ankle at first use, as per some wearers.

Bottom line

Vans advances pinnacle BMX shoe technology in one of the most classic silhouettes, from the iconic Sk8-Hi into the more upgraded Sk8-Hi Pro BMX, which is also inspired by BMX champion Scotty Cranmer. This high-top classic has been beefed up with all-new construction, style, and durability for enhanced performance. 

In spite of some minor cons, these BMX sneakers definitely stand out from the competition with dialed-in performance, extra support, stability, pedal-feel, and a better ride on a BMX. 

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Good to know

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

  • 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.

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Danny McLoughlin
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.