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The Sk8-Hi Slim, a slimmed down version of its original, is lace-up high top with a durable canvas upper, a supportive and padded ankle and Vans vulcanized signature Waffle Outsole.
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VansSk8-Hi Slim
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (21)
  • Stylish (21)
  • BREATHES WELL (15)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Cushions impact (10)

Cons

  • Poor arch support (6)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    THESE are the originals!

    This is not a re-imagined, slimmed down, feminine version of the "classic" original, as the description states, this IS the original, iconic, classic design. The current Sk8-Hi...Read complete review

    This is not a re-imagined, slimmed down, feminine version of the "classic" original, as the description states, this IS the original, iconic, classic design. The current Sk8-Hi looks heavy and chunky by comparison, which is fine in and of itself but not when being passed off as a classic. I've worn Vans continuously since the early 80's, including many pairs of hi-tops during that era. Today I wear Old Skools, slip-ons, and Eras but have longed for another pair of original hi-tops. Now that I know they're available again, I'm going to stock up on several pairs while I can!! I wish I could custom order additional color combos, but I'm more than happy that navy/blue and black is available. Thank you for bringing these back!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Waffle Tread Fail

    Having worn nothing but Vans since 1982, I was very excited to finally discover these (I last bought a pair of Vans hi-tops in 1985, which I still have). In spite of...Read complete review

    Having worn nothing but Vans since 1982, I was very excited to finally discover these (I last bought a pair of Vans hi-tops in 1985, which I still have). In spite of the fact that they are being marketed as a re-imagined, more feminine design, I immediately ordered a pair. But now upon closer inspection, I'm not at all satisfied with these. I could easily live with the fact that the "re-imagined" ankle support is almost an inch lower than the originals (also equating to one less shoestring hole), and I could easily replace the spaghetti shoestrings, but the micro waffle tread is an absolute deal breaker. I'm extremely disappointed that Vans simply refuses to acknowledge and offer one of their most legendary classic shoes in its correct form, except when releasing special editions like the Bones Brigade or Haro versions. It's obvious they want to push the second generation Sk8-hi, with its wider leather for ollies, because they are undoubtedly more durable for skating. But aesthetically speaking, the current iteration of the Sk8-hi looks heavy and chunky, cutting off the most defining aspect of the "jazz stripe." Why Vans can't offer the "slim" version as the original classic (with the correct waffle tread, ankle height, and shoestrings) and the beefier Sk8-hi as the re-designed classic that it is for skating is beyond me. I can't imagine there would ever be an instance where a girl would balk at buying a pair of "slim" hi-tops because they have traditional waffle tread soles, but I know plenty of guys besides myself that would absolutely balk at buying a pair because they have micro waffle tread soles. This makes zero marketing sense to me, and I work in marketing. Make this legendary shoe design in its true original form, which the Sk8-hi slim really only misses by the waffle tread, and I'll buy multiple pairs at a time. But until then, they're going back and I'm not buying another pair.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    i love these bad boys

    By angryamanda

    from covington, KY

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • stylish
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor arch support
    • Poor Cushioning

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

      i bought these in all black about a year and a half ago and ive worn them out so i came back to buy another pair of the same exact shoe haha they're comfy, they look rad, whats not to love?

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      4.0

      love em

      By dope shoes

      from Los Angeles Ca.

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • BREATHES WELL
      • Comfortable
      • stylish
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor arch support

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

        love supporting Vans because they support their athletes better than most. getting back to my roots, stoked to support Vans. only complaint about the entire process and product is that they could really offer better arch support. having only had them a few weeks, otherwise so far so good. thx Vans!

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        4.0

        Ready for my next pair

        By Anonymous

        from Harrisburg, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • BREATHES WELL
        • Comfortable
        • stylish
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

            I had been debating on getting this pair of shoes for months. I finally decided to get them, and I couldn't be happier. I wear them with everything! I would definitely recommend them. I'll probably end up getting another pair in a few months!

            Comment on this review

            (9 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Waffle Tread Fail

            By Old Dude from the 80's

            from Columbia, MO

            Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

            Having worn nothing but Vans since 1982, I was very excited to finally discover these (I last bought a pair of Vans hi-tops in 1985, which I still have). In spite of the fact that they are being marketed as a re-imagined, more feminine design, I immediately ordered a pair. But now upon closer inspection, I'm not at all satisfied with these. I could easily live with the fact that the "re-imagined" ankle support is almost an inch lower than the originals (also equating to one less shoestring hole), and I could easily replace the spaghetti shoestrings, but the micro waffle tread is an absolute deal breaker. I'm extremely disappointed that Vans simply refuses to acknowledge and offer one of their most legendary classic shoes in its correct form, except when releasing special editions like the Bones Brigade or Haro versions. It's obvious they want to push the second generation Sk8-hi, with its wider leather for ollies, because they are undoubtedly more durable for skating. But aesthetically speaking, the current iteration of the Sk8-hi looks heavy and chunky, cutting off the most defining aspect of the "jazz stripe." Why Vans can't offer the "slim" version as the original classic (with the correct waffle tread, ankle height, and shoestrings) and the beefier Sk8-hi as the re-designed classic that it is for skating is beyond me. I can't imagine there would ever be an instance where a girl would balk at buying a pair of "slim" hi-tops because they have traditional waffle tread soles, but I know plenty of guys besides myself that would absolutely balk at buying a pair because they have micro waffle tread soles. This makes zero marketing sense to me, and I work in marketing. Make this legendary shoe design in its true original form, which the Sk8-hi slim really only misses by the waffle tread, and I'll buy multiple pairs at a time. But until then, they're going back and I'm not buying another pair.

            Comment on this review

            (24 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THESE are the originals!

            By crusty punk

            from Columbia, MO

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                This is not a re-imagined, slimmed down, feminine version of the "classic" original, as the description states, this IS the original, iconic, classic design. The current Sk8-Hi looks heavy and chunky by comparison, which is fine in and of itself but not when being passed off as a classic. I've worn Vans continuously since the early 80's, including many pairs of hi-tops during that era. Today I wear Old Skools, slip-ons, and Eras but have longed for another pair of original hi-tops. Now that I know they're available again, I'm going to stock up on several pairs while I can!! I wish I could custom order additional color combos, but I'm more than happy that navy/blue and black is available. Thank you for bringing these back!

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                In time for Christmas!

                By Volley Dolley

                from Orange County, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • BREATHES WELL
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                    Coolest looking kicks this year!

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                    5.0

                    Gr8 shoe

                    By weirdo from mars

                    from portland, OR

                    Pros

                    • BREATHES WELL
                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • stylish
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Poor arch support

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                      really awesome shoe! very comfortable and looks awesome! definitely 5 star shoe.

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      So Cute!

                      By ak605

                      from Sioux Falls, SD

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • stylish
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Poor arch support
                      • Poor Cushioning

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                        These are very cute for a girl looking for a boy style sneaker without a boyish fit. These are slim and feminine. I got black and white and they are great! They go with everything and look very stylish when I wear them. Best high top ever!

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good buy

                        By Katherine

                        from Maryland

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • stylish

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                            I needed a pair of shoes that I could wear during work and my volunteer activities. They are more comfortable than converse because of the thicker sole which is exactly what I wanted. You won't be disappointed by these shoes. They aren't fancy but they're reliable.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Kickin' Kicks

                            By Anonymous

                            from Salt Lake City, UT

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • stylish
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vans Sk8-Hi Slim:

                                I have the higher version of this shoe and some times I just want something a little lower, which this shoe does perfectly. I wear them with shorts, skirts, dresses, cropped pants, normal pants...I really dig them. I cannot comment on their durability because I haven't had them very long, but I assume they are much like other Van high-tops in that they will last a pretty good while. I recommend getting short socks, otherwise they may get stinky and you may experience chaffing. Overall, pretty cool shoes!

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