Summary

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12 reasons to buy

  • Because the Vans and Peanuts collaboration happened during his childhood, one feels nostalgic about this reissue.
  • Although the shoe is the whole essence, one finds it impressive that the brand took effort on the comic detailing on the packaging.
  • The yellow colorway gave the impression to some that it might be too overwhelming, but in real life, it stands out in the right way.
  • Compared to the original SK8-Hi's, the additional price for the Vans x Peanuts SK8-Hi Reissue is worth it.
  • The leather upper feels exceptionally soft to the feel, according to a purchaser.
  • Most of those who bought are highly satisfied with their purchase and are looking forward to purchasing other colorways.
  • Many noted that these are very comfortable to wear even for long hours.
  • The graphics that are imprinted on the shoe are appealing.
  • One of the shoppers described these as his best Vans purchase.
  • The Charlie Brown design is preferred by some because of the statement it makes.
  • The padding and the leather lining on the ankles provide a nice touch to the shoe.
  • These sneakers require no break-in time.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few commented that the shoe could be hard to put on.
  • A couple of reviewers wish that there's more arch support injected on these sneakers.
  • Some expected the ankle and tongue areas to be more supportive and cushioned.
  • My only issue is that the rubber began to separate from the upper on the right toe box.

Bottom line

Even though it is a popular notion that opposites attract, the similar qualities of the SK8-Hi and Charles M. Schulz's characters seem to be a match made in heaven. This collaboration continues to provide its users with a sense of nostalgia and retain its best features. More aesthetics, the comfort that the SK8-Hi has been known for is exhibited on this shoe giving ease everyday war. Offered at $75 a pair, the Vans x Peanuts SK8-Hi Reissue is an understated collection that is worth the second look.

Facts

Top: High
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Peanuts
Collection: Vans x Peanuts
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Grey, Yellow
Size
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Vans sneaker
A popular pick
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This SK8-Hi Reissue is a unisex sneaker that comes in boy's sizes ranging from 3.5-6, extending to 6.5-13 for men's sizes. Women can also avail of these sizes, by going 1.5 sizes down as per the recommendation of the brand. The leather upper, along with its high-top silhouette provides a supportive and secure fit. It is then reinforced by the eyelets that go above the ankles to allow the adjustable tightness on the shoe. Based on the recommendation of its users, going half or a full size down is ideal for the perfect fit.

When both classics collaborate, it indeed is one partnership that cannot be missed. The iconic characters of Charles M. Schulz relive it again with a collaboration with another legend, the Vans SK8-Hi. Even though there is such an awareness of reliving the past in terms of fashion, The Vans x Peanuts shows that this is one for the books. Using the high-top silhouette of the SK8-Hi as its canvas, Peanuts fans could see the vintage artworks from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Sneakers from this collection come in three colorways, two of which come in black and white, and one in a striking yellow colorway.

Because of the familiar SK8-Hi design, these sneakers can be styled in myriad ways. However, to highlight the design the artwork imprinted on the shoe, it is best to pair these with a simple outfit.

While the show-stopping aesthetic highlights the overall look of the shoe, it cannot be denied that the leather materialization on its upper portrays a premium upgrade on the familiar SK8-Hi's. Nonetheless, its features remain to be intact. Some of this includes the re-enforced toecap which endures repeated wear, signature rubber waffle outsole for maximum traction and grip, and padded collars for added flexibility and support.

The Van Doren Rubber Company, now called Vans, was founded by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren along with business partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. Initially manufacturing shoes and selling them directly to the public, the brand eventually found its following in the skating and surfing community, mainly because of its location in Anaheim, California. Ultimately, the brand garnered popularity among music, art, and fashion.

One of the most distinguished silhouettes from the brand is the SK8-Hi. Launched in 1976, these sneakers were initially called "Style 38" since Vans initially used the number system before transitioning to actual names in 1995. The shoe was derived from another sneaker model, the "Style 36" or Old Skool. Although the sneaker was already filling the demand of the market, especially skateboarders, for a more durable shoe, there was another quality that was missing: ankle protection. This feature, combined with Vans' signature waffle sole and canvas-leather construction, attributed to Old Skool, makes this useful for the aggressive wear of skaters.

Currently, the brand comes in endless colors, patterns, and reiterations. One of the most notable collaborations of the brand dates back in the early 1980s with Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts gang.

  • The Vans x Peanuts collaboration debuted in 1984.
  • The Vans x Peanuts SK8-Hi Reissue was re-released for the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

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