History of Vans: The Sk8-Hi

HISTORY OF VANS: THE SK8-HI

The last of the big 5 for Vans classics is the Sk8-Hi. First hitting shelves in 1978 under the name of style #38, Vans took what they did best and produced another legendary silhouette. 

 

With the design of the shoe pulling inspiration off of the Old Skool, the Sk8-Hi included the famous “jazz stripe” or sidestripe as we know it today, though unlike all of the previous shoes released by Vans, these we’re high tops.

 

ORIGINAL SK8-HI ADVERTISEMENT

 

The purpose of the high top is for obvious reasons. A pattern that can be seen in every shoe since the release of their first, and that was an improvement for skaters. With the shoe being a high top, this meant that skaters would receive added protection to their ankles.


The nonstop functional improvements were not the only thing attracting a crowd towards these shoes though. With the trend from previous models still existing at the time of release and even today, the large surface area of the Sk8-Hi model meant there was an even bigger canvas for customization.


As with each classic Vans silhouette that has already been discussed, this new style didn’t take long at all to be adopted by the general public. With the shoes being worn by skaters, bmxers, rockers, metal heads, you name it, they wore it. Vans had yet again delivered another universally loved shoe.

 

VOCALIST WEARING SK8-HIs 

 

With the shoe garnering obvious collaborations with skate brands such as Supreme, Stussy and several others, the high top shoe has even managed to be worked on to create a shoe completely unrelated to skateboarding. Outdoor recreation company The North Face teamed up with Vans to create a winterized version of the Sk8-Hi, showing that Vans has come a long way from being just a skate brand.

 

VANS x THE NORTH FACE SK8-HI 46 MTE DX