Sk8-Hi by Vans will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Both subcultures and the mainstream have employed the iconic shoe style across multiple platforms and professions.
However, skating is the archetypal association: skaters designed the side-striped high-top for skating. Eventually – and organically – it broke out into art, music and fashion. But as this new commemorative collaboration shows, its wearability has transcended those stereotypes with kids and adults alike wielding it and moulding into popular culture.
To mark the anniversary Vans have employed iconic Sk8-Hi wearers – skateboarding legend, Steve Caballero; Grammy-nominated artist, Syd Tha Kid; Vans skater, Lizzie Armanto; international model, Natalie Westling; punk icon, Henry Rollins; animator, Jay Howell; and pro-surfer and Vans rider, Wade Goodall – for a set of images representing the ever-changing diversity of SK8-Hi wearers and the shoes use as a catalyst for self-expression. Right on.
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