Who should buy the Vans Sk8-Mid

Wearing that true-blue retro vibe that many Vans kicks are known for, the Sk8-Mid delivers an old-school flair while keeping with the times with its features. You are part of its audience if:

  • You're looking for a plush mid-top skate shoe that you can slide on and off easily.
  • You've always been a huge fan of well-crafted kicks, especially those that sell for less
  • Sneakers that you can wear for various activities are what you collect.

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Who should not buy it

If you're planning to skate more hardcore than usual, turn to the hardier Vans Half Cab instead. Also, if you need something quite supportive around the ankle, consider the Vans Half Cab Pro.

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The Sk8-Mid's stellar comfort level

Many reviewers find Vans Sk8-Mid very comfy. Because of this, they hail the shoe as a perfect everyday sneaker.

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Remarkably versatile

Its combination of adaptable styling and engineering makes the Sk8-Mid a doozy for various activities—from a day of strolling to a night of chilling with friends.

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Meticulously made

There are no unfinished stitching and visible glue stains around its upper and midsole, sneakerheads say.

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Those with unsteady ankles beware

Its collar lacks enough padding and rigidity, resulting in underwhelming ankle support.

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Vans Sk8-Mid: Stylish through the years

Fans from different generations love its never-go-out-of-style looks.

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Won't drag you down

Compared to its taller sibling (a.k.a. the Vans Sk8-Hi), this pair feels lighter on the feet.

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Quick and easy access

The Vans Sk8-Mid allows for effortless on and off, thanks to its just-right collar height and wider-than-usual opening.

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Vans Sk8-Mid: A pricing miracle

With its initial asking price of no more than $70 per pair, the Sk8-Mid from Vans is, without a doubt, a steal. Case in point: this shoe is about $17 cheaper than the average price of most mid-top skate-inspired sneakers.

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Handle it with care

There are those who say that this Vans sneaker falls apart way too soon.

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The Vans Sk8-Mid family

The Vans Sk8 family continues to grow in number. Chopping a few inches off the Sk8-Hi's collar, the Anaheim-based created a mid version of the same classic silhouette.

The Sk8-Mid is not alone within its ranks. Case in point: it is joined by two other over-the-ankle offerings—the retro Vans Sk8-Mid Reissue and skater-friendlier Vans Sk8-Mid Pro. The former promises better on and off with its minimal collar padding, while the latter boasts increased boardfeel and heel cushioning.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Retro
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Suede, EVA, Vulc Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Lace Type: Cotton lace, Flat lace

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