All New Skate Classics: Built Extra Tough on the Inside For Skateboarding
This season, we wanted to interpret SpongeBob in a unique way that aligned with the subversive and creative ethos of Vans Skateboarding. Artist Mike Gigliotti of Lotties Skateshop was the perfect partner for the project. Mike’s gritty aesthetic, edgy illustrations, and strong ties to skateboarding’s core provided the perfect lens for SpongeBob’s new look.
Bringing “Off The Wall” style to the coolest creatures under the sea, the Mike Gigliotti for Vans x SpongeBob Skate Sk8-Hi highlights Mike’s art while simultaneously delivering more of what skateboarders need to enable maximum progression. The repositioned DURACAP™ reinforced underlays and fully redesigned uppers, combined with a new two-part foxing tape that features a deeper knurl pattern on the toe, make the new Skate Sk8-Hi durable enough to withstand daily skateboarding abuse. For more board control, the new molded heel counter and internal tongue straps lock in your feet. Even the gum rubber sole that made Vans famous has been elevated with the SICKSTICK™ rubber compound to deliver more grip and boardfeel. Plus, POPCUSH™ energy return sockliners provide superior cushioning and impact protection while helping to lessen leg fatigue for longer skate sessions.
The new Mike Gigliotti for Vans x SpongeBob Skate Sk8-Hi’s updated foxing tape and suede and canvas uppers give you the iconic look you want while bringing all the performance benefits skateboarders demand. And be sure to look for the new checkerboard flag on the side to guarantee that you’re getting the best in style and modern skateboarding performance.
- INCREASED DURABILITY - DURACAP™ reinforced materials, deeper knurl texture on the toe bumpers, and higher sidewall heights provide a more heritage look with increased durability and protection.
- FULLY REDESIGNED UPPERS - Reconstructed with a molded heel counter and internal tongue straps for a locked-in fit and more board control.
- LEGENDARY GRIP - Our new, proprietary SickStickTM gum rubber compound is our stickiest rubber yet.