Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • This shoe has a budget-friendly price point.
  • Buyers can pick from multiple colorways available in the market.
  • A large percentage of the buyers highly recommended this sneaker to their friends.
  • Most of the respondents disclosed that the Vans Vintage Sk8-Hi Reissue is very comfortable.
  • This pair runs true to size.
  • Some reviewers noted that this pair has ample ankle support.
  • Many wearers applauded the stylish and vintage look of this footwear.
  • Few retro heads enjoyed the throwback vibe of the Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue.
  • A handful of reviewers praised the versatility of this kick which they could easily use when dressing up or down.
  • Some online buyers said that this sneaker looks even better in the actual.
  • A couple of reviewers noted that this pair is easy to break-in.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers griped that the dye on the canvas upper bled on the white cotton lace and rubber midsole.
  • A couple of critics disclosed that this pair is tad wide.
  • Few buyers complained about color discrepancies posted online and in the actual.
  • Several buyers questioned the durability of the Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue. Few experienced that their pair ripped apart after just several uses.

Bottom line

Vans reissued its most popular profile with a whiff of vintage look for an authentic throwback feel. While the Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue did not offer any fresh features, many still liked its simplicity, versatility, and easy to style design which set this shoe apart.

However, few yet reported about the unreliable durability and its dye that weeps to the other shoe parts; thus, slashing a point or two to its overall impression. Despite the drawback features, this shoe is recommendable for buyers who prefer a timeless shoe with a price range that is within the budget-friendly range.

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Good to know

The Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue is available in men's and women's sizing. Women can choose from sizes 5 to 14.5 and men can pick from sizes 6.5 to 13 US in medium width. The leather-lined padded collar provides ample ankle support suitable for the skaters and non-skaters use. Meanwhile, the lace-up locking system is used to give a tailored fit to its users.

The True to its official name, the high-top  Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue features all the classic elements added with hints of 'worn out' style to give an authentic throwback vibe. The canvas upper with suede overlays resting atop a white rubber midsole delivers a timeless design that can match any modern casual ensemble. This weekend-ready kick has a simple and straightforward look can be mixed and matched to any relaxed outfit, such as denim jeans, khakis, jogger, or shorts.

The Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue showcases a timeless profile that has been adored since its inception four decades ago. All the iconic elements of its predecessor were retained to deliver a genuine retro vibe while enjoying the modernized comfort and durability.

Style # 36 or more popularly known as the Old Skool was launched in 1977 as the first footwear that displayed the iconic Sidestripe trademark of the Vans. This shoe showcased a canvas upper with superb outsole grip which was loved by skater across California.

A year after, the brand unveiled the Style # 37, the mid-top variation of the Old Skool to deliver better ankle support to its wearers. However, Vans realized that high-top silhouette would better provide ankle support. Thus they launched Style # 38 which was also dubbed as the SK8-Hi.

The Sk8-Hi presented all the timeless elements of the Old Skool but revamped with higher, more cushioned, and stitched shaft for enhanced support on the ankle. The brand retained the grippy waffle pattern outsole and the Sidestripe for a more authentic retro look. This silhouette was the first ever high-top skateboarding shoe ever launched in the market.

The SK8-Hi seamlessly penetrated the music and lifestyle scene for its stylish look that is comfortable to wear all day. This shoe has also turned as a favorite base model of various iterations and collaborations. Because of its extreme popularity and timeless features that have been loved by generations, Vans republished the vintage look for modern buyers to enjoy the vintage feel.

The Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue presented the classic look that was made with more durable toecap to withstand the repeated wear and tear of hardcore skateboarding style. The brand revamped it with vintage hints while keeping the signature waffle pattern outsole for a superb grip.

  • All the materials used in constructing the Vans Vintage SK8-Hi Reissue is 100% vegan or free from animal by-products.
  • Vans label can be seen on tongue, and rubber heel.
  • The signature waffle pattern outsole delivers superb grip on any terrains.
  • It has perforations on the vamp for ventilation.
  • The leather Sidetripe is stitched on the sides for added durability and style.


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