How to Wear Vans Sk8-Hi Trainers

They’re a renowned trainer that are currently the go-to shoe style. The Sk8-Hi can be worn in several unique ways with endless outfits, regardless of style and colour. From day to night, they’ve got you covered. Here’s three easy ways to wear this comfortable classic trainer. 

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Vans Sk8-Hi Black and White

You may be questioning what to wear with your vans, but high top trainers look their best when worn to emphasise their simplistic nature. Because of the striking shape and design, you can afford to keep the rest of your look low key. And with this monochrome pair, you can team them with anything you already have.

Vans high tops in black and white are best suited to slim fit dark jeans or chinos in order to emphasise their edgy skater style. Keep the rest of your look neutral with a dark grey knit to keep you toasty and slick, whilst also not taking any attention away from your trainers. If you’re after a bit more warmth, throw on a parka or denim jacket.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man | Rob Crawford

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Vans Sk8-Hi Black

If monochrome isn’t for you, then why not opt for all black high top Vans? They’re just as classic and can be thrown on with any look without hesitation. From casual to smart casual, this style of trainer will take you from day to night with ease. You could even go for Vans Sk8-Hi leather instead of canvas to up your sneaker game. However, if you want to keep your look laid back, stick with the canvas.

Team your black Sk8-Hi’s with a crisp white oxford shirt to dress it up, paired with some slim fit light wash jeans. The wash will brighten up your look and draw attention to your fresh kicks. Your trainers will bring down the formality. To finish off, chuck on your green parka to keep you warm whilst dressing down your formal look.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man | Rob Crawford

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Vans Sk8-Hi White

Despite these trainers originally being sculpted for the long haired skater dudes of the 70s, Sk8-Hi Vans can still mix with the preppier styles when they want to. Injections of colour are great for giving your outfit that added boost of interest and can brighten up any outfit. So if you are hesitant to add a pop of colour to your outfit, start with the basics and opt for some slick white high tops.

Keep your whole look neutral with sand chinos and an off white tee to break up the light shades. Finish off your look with an oversized denim jacket, giving you that skater edge without the cuts and bruises. Your white Vans skate highs will complete your look nicely, giving you a clean, minimalist aesthetic, while the denim jacket adds a grungy edge.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man | Rob Crawford

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How to Wear Vans Sk8-Hi Trainers

  • Black & White Vans Sk8-Hi: Keep attention on your shoes with low key black jeans and a dark grey jumper.
  • Black Vans Sk8-Hi: Stay casual with light wash jeans, crisp shirt finished off with a parka.
  • White Vans Sk8-Hi: Stick to neutral with sand chinos, white tee and oversized denim jacket.
  • General Rules: Keep it casual overall, don’t try and mix in a smart element to the outfit.
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PHOTO CREDIT: The Idle Man | Rob Crawford

On That Note

Although Sk8-Hi trainers have a unique style that’s more associated with the skater or casual look, there are ways you can mix them into different styles without them looking out of place. From a casual drink down at the pub with your mates, to a smart casual night out, Vans Sk8-Hi’s can take you through any situation. And with such a wide variety of colour and materials, there’s one to suit every style of taste. These are probably some of the most comfortable trainers you’ll ever wear, so being able to incorporate them into your every day style is a good look for you, and your feet.

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