Known as ‘style 38’ when they were originally launched in 1978, the Vans Sk8 became immediately popular within the young, growing skate scene. Designed with the needs of skaters in mind, ankle protection and grip were a revelation within the community. The Sk8-Hi was the second shoe to feature the eye-catching side stripe, and as the shoe became more popular, the “jazz stripe” became an instantly recognisable symbol of the scene.
Becoming a cornerstone of counterculture, the Vans Sk8-Hi shoes spread into the punk music scene and beyond. Decades later, they’ve been seen everywhere, from celebrities on the catwalk to streetwear enthusiasts, remaining a consistent fixture in their original habitat of the skate world.