20 '70s Sneakers You Need To Know

Vans Sk8-Hi

Year Released: 1978

The next step up from style #36, the following year Vans introduced style #38 complete with a high-cut upper for ankle protection. "The Skate Hi had padded sides so when the board flew off the pool and into their ankles they didn’t kill themselves," Steve Van Doren told Sneaker Freaker. "That was a big thing, that saved lives for skaters, they loved them."

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