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5 reasons to buy

  • According to several users, the Vans Suede Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTE (Mountain Edition) shoes are more comfortably padded than other Vans classic style shoes.
  • These Sk8-Mid Vans shoes are true to size, noted pleased buyers.
  • Some reports by purchasers detailed that the mid-top sneakers provide an excellent fit which is perfect for people with narrow to average foot widths.
  • A few buyers remarked that the modern elements and new lower profile accorded to the old classic Sk8-Hi model gave these sneakers an exciting new style. 
  • One person liked how these suede shoes by Vans kept his feet warm in the cold weather.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The lace loop string breaks easily, according to one user, and there is no way to tie the laces once that happens. 
  • One individual complained that the laces of Vans Suede Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTE sneakers are a bit hard to adjust and still feel loose even after being tied tightly.

Bottom line

Vans Suede Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTE shoes keep the elements out while maintaining a firm hold on style. The comfy retro-styled kicks were designed by Vans with an all-weather functionality that looks good whatever the season. 

The shoes are true to size and fit and are more padded than other classic Vans kicks. The Ghillie system, however, has a drawback. While it adds an interesting look to the shoes, the strings that hold the laces aren’t as tough as they should be.


Base model: Vans SK8-Mid Reissue
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: Vans Suede
Price: $95
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As with most Vans shoes, Vans Suede Suede Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTEs are unisex. The kicks are available in full and half measurements ranging from 4 to 13 for men and 5.5 to 14.5 for women. 

These Vans suede shoes provide an exact fit and can accommodate narrow- to average-sized feet. Wider feet may have a bit of difficulty in these. 

Give off an adventurous vibe without actually going out to the great outdoors. These hiking-inspired kicks can be worn with any casual outfit of your choice. Some style tips:

  • The Sudan/Marshmallow colorway together with gray pants and a gray pullover is a terrific combination. 
  • Gray chinos and a beige crewneck sweater match well with the Forged Iron/Marshmallow colorway of the shoes.

Vans Suede Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTE shoes were constructed to help you go out and enjoy the day whatever the weather. These kicks feature Scotchgard-treated uppers that keep the elements out while the heat-retention layer keeps the feet warm and cozy inside. Vulcanized rubber lug outsoles keep your gait straight and stable even on slippery surfaces.

The core model of the Vans Sk8-Mid Reissue is the Suede Sk8-Hi. These classic shoes, which are still produced to this day, were first seen in 1978. Initially called Style #38, the Sk8-His had a collar height that went markedly past the ankles. The shoes were a smash hit with riders who appreciated the ankle support and extra padding the Sk8-His afforded.

As a testament to how well-loved the Sk8-Hi sneakers are, they are still available for purchase to this day. Over the years, the shoes have also been covered in various fabrics, been dressed in assorted prints and shades, and now, constructed with a mid-top profile. 

The Vans Sk8-Mid Reissue Ghillie MTEs, is an iteration of the Sk8-Mid Reissue shoe which makes use of a hiking-inspired ghillie lacing system. Like the mid-top version, it has a profile that is shorter than the original Sk8-Hi shoes but still provide ample padding in much-needed areas and ankle support. 

  • These mid-top sneakers are covered in suede and feature warm textile linings. 
  • The shoes also contain gusseted tongues and textured toe bumpers.


Danny McLoughlin

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