The Vans Hi Standard boots have the name for a reason, it's because they are not your average shred sneaker. Being the choice boot for a number of pros on the Vans roster, the Hi Standard is the boot for dudes looking to progress to that next level. A softer flex rating of three means you'll have the forgiveness required to bend that board with ease and fill those jibs with steez. These boots are hi-tech, but the design is classy with the sick skate-shoe-look and a traditional lacing system. Upgrade to the Hi Standard from Vans.
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These boots look just like the Vans I skated in high school, great nostalgia. They broke in super quick and are mad comfortable. I can wear them all day, no worries. They stay dry, warm, and seem to be holding up GREAT! Strong buy, would do it again
I purchased a pair of the Hi-Standard boots on an awesome sale because they were last year's model. They looked great, felt great, and performed great on the mountain.
My biggest issue came when I used them. I've only used the boots 4 times (on one trip to Mammoth). After 3 days on the mountain (resting the board on top of the boot on the lifts) the vinyl is tearing really bad. I think after one more use the laces will tear out of the vinyl. It could be that the vinyl is old (because it was last year's model), but it's not very satisfactory for me.
I took the boots to a shoe repair shop, but they told me they wouldn't be able to repair them because of the vinyl. I sent The House pics, and they asked Vans for a refund, but Vans denied the refund. The House said they would refund them if the laces tore off the boot, but I haven't been back out and the warranty will expire...
I would not recommend buying the boot or purchasing from Vans. I understand that resting the board on top of the boot contributed to the problem (which is my own doing), but I feel like the boot should be made of better materials and I also felt that Vans should have replaced the boots. I would have been willing to pay the extra money for a new boot, but that didn't happen.
I have had the same pair of Vans boots I bought from The-House 10 years ago. Rode the hell out of those boots. They finally couldn't take anymore and I was running low on Gorilla Glue to keep them together. Figured I better get another pair. Vans makes the most comfortable boots, and they will last for many years.