Vans Iconic Personalities to Honor Legacy of the Sk8-Hi

Steve Caballero, Syd Tha Kyd, Lizzie Armanto, Henry Rollins, Jay Howell, Natalie Westling and Wade Goodall Showcase Spring 2016 Sk8-Hi Offering




2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. In honor of this fete, Vans commemorates the Sk8-Hi, the iconic style that carries the progressive and storied history of the Vans brand down to its sole.  To showcase the Sk8-Hi’s depth, Vans partners with a roster of icons to tell the story of the Sk8-Hi and its impact on expression.




Honoring Vans’ dedication to skateboarding, Vans skate team rider Lizzie Armanto rides the legendary skate grounds of Santa Monica, California. Armanto represents a new generation of skateboarding and helps to blur the lines between genders having won nearly every women’s skate contest she enters and making her debut in Vans’ feature length skate video, Propeller last year.




Critically acclaimed musician and writer, Henry Rollins captured the world‚Äôs attention when he became the front man of legendary punk rock band Black Flag. Known for his emotional intensity and aggressive stage persona, Rollins provided a place in the circle pits and a sense of community for the punks and misfits of the ‚Äė80s.

Marked with Vans’ coveted Sidestripe, the Sk8-Hi was first seen on the streets in 1978. Its introduction marked a milestone in footwear as the first high top designed by skaters for skateboarding. With its core deeply rooted in action sports, the Sk8-Hi has since been embraced by communities within music, fashion and art, and has grown to represent the creative cultures and personalities of the past, present and future.