Vans Vault x Filson Sk8-Hi (review!)

Once again, it’s time for another Vans review.  This time, going with one of the best releases of this year from Vans Vault, and one of the better collaborations on the seemingly endless list of past projects.  You may still be able to find these at your local Vault dealer, but they are surely not fully stocked.  This is the kind of shoe that sits on the shelf for a little while, but steadily starts to disappear.  The reasons are not clear.  Perhaps the higher price tag?  People may be saving up for these, being that they run typically $40 higher than the average Sk8-hi, and $20 higher than the average Vault Sk8-hi.  The Filson slogan reads, “Might as well have the best!”, meaning that the price may be a bit higher, but it’s well worth it.  If you don’t believe it, then check out the recent video over on offthewall.tv, where you can learn all about the Filson history, and the back story for this project.

The sk8-hi is constructed with the signature Filson canvas, and bridle leather material, in their signature brown colors.  You’d be hard pressed to find a finer leather than this, on a pair of Vans.  The shoes have a rustic look and feel, and wearing these over time, the leather and canvas will break in, and will probably look better than it does now!  Will I dare break these in?  I really should.  The tongue is stamped with the Filson branding, and the tongue backing has a large “Genuine Filson Garment” tag of authenticity.  The removable padded insert does as well, on the heel.  I’ve taken a few up close shots for you all to get a better idea of the materials and craftsmanship on these, and I hope you like them as much as I do!

more pics after the jump