Vans has made a name for itself by creating simple SoCal-inspired skateboarding footwear dominated by its signature vulcanized waffle sole unit — so if you’re a purist look away now — as the SK8-Hi LX and Authentic LX have now been fitted with Vibram soles.
Both the SK8-Hi LX and Authentic LX are available in either all black or all white, sporting an upper made from premium leather with an overall fuss-free aesthetic. For the former, you’ll find the Jazz Stripe appear with tonal stitching, more stitches making out the collar details, and a perforated section on the toe box. Details such as the tongue tab are finished in leather with contrasting Vans branding, while the standard foxing tape of the Vans’ midsole slightly appears before it submerges itself into the Vibram unit.
The exact same can be said for the Authentic LX, aside from the SK8-Hi-specific details. On this pair, Vans’ moniker graces a lateral-side mid-panel tag, there is no tongue branding, and again there is a slight showcase of the original foxing tape. Regardless of the silhouette or color, the Vibram sole appears in all its blocky, sturdy glory with branding at the rear-quarter and an outsole that’s heavily lugged and chunky.
Take a look at the Vans SK8-Hi LX and Authentic LX with Vibram soles above, and head over to OneBlockDown to pick up all four now. The Authentic LX retails for $176 USD, while the SK8-Hi costs $206 USD.
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