Vans Sk8-Hi shoes. The inaugural member of Vans' legendary legacy of high top skate shoes was the first to bring the supportive sensibilities of an athletic boot to the world of skating. The popularity of the Sk8-Hi look followed suit, becoming a favorite amongst skaters, musicians, artists, and counter culture types alike. Today they remain in their original form, a perennial classic, built like they always have with sturdy suede and canvas upper and waffle rubber soles. Imported.