We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers, either Potterhead or Muggle-born, applauded the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB’s fantastic and gorgeous design.
  • The Dark Arts sneaker exudes with uncontested comfort as testified by several purchasers.
  • The color palette on the sneaker baffled some of the consumers, and a couple even glorified how the light reflected off them.
  • It blends well with almost any article of clothing and can easily be mixed and matched with all colors according to a few wearers.
  • A handful of users expressed their deep infatuation with these shoes.
  • A couple of commenters insisted that the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB is one of the best collabs so far and replaces their everyday Vans kicks.
  • The way that the sneaker was assembled was superb, and the materials are also of high quality, as explained by some customers.
  • A few reviewers commended the sneakers durable build which outlasts other sneakers on their collection.
  • It is offered in a reasonable price range.
  • The little details make the sneaker look even cooler when one is wearing them.
  • Almost all of the ones who bought the sneaker highly recommends them.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to a customer, the dark mark on the tongue of the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB feels flimsy.
  • A couple of buyers disliked the lustrous material on the sneaker’s upper and said that it was too shiny for their taste.

Bottom line

Vans had stirred up the Potterhead fandom with another brilliant collaboration and in it highlights the most challenging subject on the franchise. 

The Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB fuses themes from the Defense Against the Dark Arts pandemonium and incarnates it into a ready-to-wear kick. Packed with a lot of aesthetic heat, the sneaker not only elevates the style of the user but literally adds height to the iconic SK8-Hi model.


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Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Harry Potter
Collection: Vans SK8-Hi
Price: $85
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For those craving for a piece of the Vans x Harry Potter commotion and is searching for enough padding around the ankle area, the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB is the right shoe for you. Adding to its plush cushioning is the platform sole, which is coupled by a leather interior for a heavenly feel. Wrapping it all up are the ribbon laces, which makes one think that these SK8-Hi shoes would be a perfect gift to a Potterhead.

The sneaker comes in unisex sizing. The range for men starts from 3.5 to 13, which also includes half sizes. Women’s sizes range from 5 to 14.5.

As with most fans’ testimonials, the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB is genuinely a stylish sneaker which can accommodate almost any article of clothing due to its sleek appeal. Women can either dress it up or down with pants or ripped jeans as the primary choice. Men Potter fans can also join in the fad and strap on pinroll pants with white socks for a charismatic look.

The snake theme was yet infused again in another silhouette, particularly the Vans SK8-Hi. This time, the reptilian accent was introduced along the platform sidewalls to give more dimension to the iconic sneaker. Finishing it off is a glimmering shade of green along the upper which bounce light in a different way to entertain bystanders.

It took several years before Vans finally gave the Harry Potter fans the collaboration they truly deserve. Though the franchise had ended years ago, the flame it left behind stayed relevant and embedded in the hearts of its ever-so-loyal fanbase. This opportunity gave Vans the idea to keep the Potter spark going by introducing silhouettes paying homage to the magical world.

The Vans x Harry Potter collection was released in the first week of June 2019 globally, and stocks are instantaneously running out. Included in the pack are renditions of the Authentic, Era, Slip-On, Old Skool, and the SK8-Hi. There are three iterations of the SK8-Hi which are the Gryffindor, Transfiguration ComfyCush, and the Dark-Arts colorways. 

The last one among the string of SK8-His features the infamous spell that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters cast signaling their undying loyalty to their sinister clan. Initially retailing at $85 a pop, the Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB shines in a unique shade of green atop a platform tooling.

  • Morsmordre markings are seen at the toe box.
  • A custom Dark Arts x Vans symbol is emblazoned at the tongue.
  • The sneaker still contains the signature Side Stripe which is colored in black.
  • Its waffle outsoles are also tinted in black.
  • Harry Potter x Vans brandings are featured on the black footbed.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.