Who should buy the Vans SK8-Low

The SK8-Low is a no-brainer for those who: 

  • want a minimalist kick
  • are skateboard enthusiasts
  • are looking for a timeless sneaker fit for all ages
  • need a simple yet versatile shoe
  • who want something close to the equally popular Vans Old Skool
  • sneakerheads who want a budget-friendly option

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Who should NOT buy it

Those who want a supportive fit can consider the Vans SK8-Low's high-cut sibling — the Vans SK8-Hi — instead.

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Vans SK8-Low vs Vans SK8-Hi

Aside from their cuts, these sneakers have almost indistinct differences, such as:

Reinforced toecap. The Low version of the SK8-Hi has a reinforced toe cap. This construction aims to provide its wearers with more durable sneakers suitable for repeated wear while skating. 

Perforated toe box. While the SK8-Hi has a solid toe box, its low-cut version has perforations for added comfort and ventilation.

Vans SK8-Low forefoot

So cushy, your feet are at home

The Vans SK8-Low feels cozy when worn, according to numerous users.

Vans SK8-Low footbed

Pair it with anything

Many buyers like that this sneaker from Vans is easy to match up with any attire. 

Vans SK8-Low upper

The Vans SK8-Low is ageless

Multiple reviewers have cited that this iteration has a timeless appeal. Its combination of suede and canvas on the upper dipped in fashionable hues makes it suitable "for all ages."

Vans SK8-Low toe box

Get the most out of your money

A handful of reviewers have vouched that the low-cut version of the SK8 Hi is made with quality materials.

Vans SK8-Low lacing

They say despite using it for several months, it "barely has any wear and tear."

Don't worry about drag

Many users love the airy feel of this sneaker on their feet, just like most skate sneakers.

Vans SK8-Low tongue

The SK8-Low bites onto the ground

Numerous skaters share that this model provides ample traction. Be it on wet or dry terrain, there are NO reports of slips.

Vans SK8-Low traction

A big nay on stability

The Vans SK8-Low provides insufficient arch support. Critics recommend against using it all day. 

Vans SK8-Low midsole

Tedious to maintain

It is hard to keep clean as the suede tends to "bleed" its color to the canvas. Keeping it nice and tidy is a "job" in itself.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Suede, Vulc Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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Author
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.