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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $85
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Fit & Sizing

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.

Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Vans x Harry Potter SK8-Hi Platform RB History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

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