The Vans Sk8-Hi Sport Leather shoes give you the feeling of a tech shoe but we all the laid back skate style. Using a "Vulc" sole the Sk8-Hi shoes are flexible, light and durable. Since this shoe is a bit on the higher side it offers ankle protection as well as some support. Vans included their UltraCush insoles to make them comfortable as well as protective from harsh landings. Price is for a pair, silly!