Vans SK8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 review: a solid winter boot that’s tougher than it looks

Winter is tough on footwear, which is why you need something that's hardy enough to handle the weather. But what if you also need to consider style? (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Vans SK8-Hi Gore-Tex MTE-3 packs a plethora of clever tech - from Gore-Tex weather-proofing to an All-Trac rubber outsole - to ensure they perform. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
There’s a 3M Thinsulate microfibre inner that helps to both trap air and prevent moisture build-up. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The new All-Trac compound rubber outsole is fantastic at providing some extra stability, as its deep lugs will happily bite into snow and ice. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Although not sold as a hiking boot per se, we found that it’s extremely easy to wear these things all day and over a surprisingly varied amount of terrain. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The toe picking treads at the front of the shoe are particularly good for feeling your way over precarious ground. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Impressive boots, considering they aren't specifically for hiking or mountaineering. They’re tougher than they look, but more importantly, they look good. (image credit: The Gear Loop)