Wit-E Beats Vans SK8 Hi Review

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 by Chris

Words by Wit-E Beats

Photo by Marino Nicastro

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"

I have been a fan of Vans for many years, the Sk8-Hi model in specific. The Sk8-Hi is timeless and Vans consistently puts out quality product at a fraction of the cost of other major brands. Today I am here to share my thoughts on two new releases. Up first is the Beatles "Faces". These kix are inspired by artwork from the Yellow Submarine album and film. They come in a yellow box displaying the Yellow Submarine graphic. The toebox, tongue, heel, and around the lace eyelets is dark blue suede. The side panels are comprised of an allover graphic featuring the likenesses of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, & Ringo Star in psychedelic cartoon design that is like having an acid trip on your feet. The inside liner and insole are vivid yellow. The tongue tag has Yellow Submarine branding and the heeltab is yellow with the Vans skateboard logo in black. A white midsole and gum bottom round out the look. At $75 these will make a great purchase for any Beatles fan. Second, we have the Van Doren "Stars & Stripes". I love the Van Doren series, it features limited-edition reissued styles and prints from the Vans archives. The Stars & Stripes release has deep navy blue suede on the toebox, tongue, heel, and around the lace eyelets. On the outside panel a faded blue canvas is covered with an allover white star print, while the inside panel is made up of a red and white striped pattern that resembles the American flag. The outside of each sneaker displays the iconic Vans sidestripe in red leather, while the inside of each has the sidestripe in navy leather. A white midsole is offset with navy blue piping around the top and a gum bottom. The tongue tag is red with the classic Vans skateboard logo in white and the insole carries the same colorway. The inside lining is soft white leather and they come with white laces. The Van Doren heeltab finishes off the look with a nice nod to the old school. The $65 price tag makes these impossible to pass up.