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The 30 Most Influential Sneakers of All Time

17. Vans Sk8-Hi

Year: 1978

The first skateboarding shoes were just deck shoes by another name - check the Vans Authentic and Era for details. The Sk-8 High, or Style #38, changed everything. Introduced in 1978, it was inspired by early (post-Chuck) basketball shoes and provided more aggressive skaters with ankle protection as well as more support. Modern skatebarding required a more advanced shoe - and here it was.

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