Vans’ purpose is to enable creative expression by encouraging the “Off The Wall” spirit that comes from expressing your true self. As part of our commitment to inspire youth culture, we recognize that we have a responsibility to move towards circular products and systems that use regenerative and recycled materials, design out waste, and create systems that keep product in use and out of landfills. The Sk8-Hi Tapered is redesigned with responsibly sourced natural rubber outsole that still maintains the grip and durability that Vans has been known for since 1966, this iconic shoe includes elastic side accents and supportive padded collars. JUTE LACES: This natural fiber is grown with minimal water and is considered a fast-growing renewable crop. NEW NATURAL RUBBER COMPOUND: This all-new Vans Rubber Compound is made from responsibly sourced natural rubber (instead of petroleum derived synthetic rubber) obtained from sources that follow proven ethical and sustainable practices that minimize harm and have positive benefits within the natural and social ecosystems in which they operate.