Learn how to spot fake Vans SK8 Hi's with this detailed 23 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
Vans SK8 Hi's come in a sturdy retail box, make sure the sides double over back into the box to create structural strength. Check that the lid section which folds back into the box has a small finger hole cut out of it. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from inside the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing.
One of the high quality manufacturing processes used by Vans is the midsole rubber adhesion to the fabric upper. Make sure the midsole follows the curves and bumps in the upper fabric perfectly with no lifting.
Vans SK8 Hi's have a Vans Off The Wall logo embroidered into a tag on the tongue. Check that the embroidery is tight and neat. Also check the stitching along the bottom of the label, make sure the stitch line forms a rectangle and that the bottom of the label folds under itself.
Vans SK8 Hi's will have a small factory code embossed into the sole. There are a number of different factory codes that are used in various countries, one shoe style may have different factory codes. This is also an opportunity to have a close up look at the high quality molded waffle pattern, check that the edges are sharp and straight.