The Vans Sk8-Hi MTE 2.0 DX is Made To Shred a Different Surface
Despite being born in sunny SoCal, skate pioneers Vans have regularly dipped their tanned toes into other disciplines, including shoes for surfaces found in extremely different conditions. The latest update to their All-Weather collection sees MTE – short for Mountain Edition – versions of classics like the Sk8-Hi, packed full of element-braving features. Let’s take a closer look.
Vans’ MTE line actually dates back to 1988, when the brand introduced weather-resistant treatments to their assortment. Over 30 years on, that mentality remains, and is boosted with modern day technology. For example, these Sk8-His are more or less rebuilt from the ground up, starting with lugged traction, similar to that of hiking boots. Don’t worry, that distinct waffle pattern is still there!
The rubber midsoles wrap further up the sides, with the foxing sealed up nice and tight to keep any water out. The suede uppers are treated to be weather resistant, while PrimaLoft insulation lines the inside, forming Vans’ new and improved MTE 360 system. Capping things off is an Ultracush insole for plush steps on any surface. And an extra-large pull tab reminiscent of snowboard boots readies this Sk8-Hi for any slope style.
The Vans All-Weather Sk8-Hi MTE 2.0 DX is available now direct from Vans – check out their interactive graphic highlighting the new shoe here.