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New season, new fashion sneaker. It all began when Isabel Marant dropped the polarizing wedge sneaker on the world, propelling the concept of sneaker-as-fashion-shoe to the masses. In the years since, Nike Frees and Flyknits, Givenchy's skater slip-ons, simplistic Supergas, and, most recently, Adidas's Stan Smith sneakers have all had their time in the sun. Now it's time to welcome Vans SK8-HI to the spotlight, a shoe with skateboarder roots—not unlike those slip-ons the brand also lays claim to—that your middle school crush probably wore to fumble ollies in the parking lot.
We first spotted the shoe at a hush-hush Madewell preview a few months back, then noticed their French-y fall look book was styled with the high top, including an exclusive in grey wool ($80). When we spotted them on a swarm of girls at the pace-setting Capsule trade show over the weekend we knew they had arrived in a major way.
Their boot-like shape looks especially cool in the Slim style, particularly when done in leather ($80) or suede ($75). Classic canvas isn't a bad bet, either, and for $55 not a bad tip-toe into the trend.
· SK8-Hi Slim [Vans]
· Madewell Grows Up, Gets Way More French [Racked]
· 10 Workout Sneakers You Can Fashion In (And Vice Versa) [Racked]