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Vans achieves cold-weather warmth + summertime boardfeel with the 5mm Surf Boot Hi

Vans achieves cold-weather warmth + summertime boardfeel with the 5mm Surf Boot Hi
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Stylish South African surfer Michael February helps Vans put the cold-water surf boots to the test.

Costa Mesa, CALIF. (October 31, 2019) – Welcoming the cold-water season, Vans is stoked to unveil its 5mm Surf Boot Hi, boasting all the warmth needed for winter and zero compromise when it comes to boardfeel and grip.


The 5mm Surf Boot Hi is the latest addition to the Vans surf boot family, which debuted in spring of this year with 3mm and warm-water options. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Vans global surf team rider Michael February put the 5mm boots to the test at his home break during the region’s colder months.


The 5mm Surf Boot Hi is constructed of a liquid-rubber-dipped upper and 5mm neoprene for crucial warmth in cold water without any performance loss. The boots’ gum-rubber outsole with waffle sipe – a pattern etched into ultra-thin rubber – gives an extra-sticky grip in key traction areas and allows for better boardfeel.


Thin, textured rubber along the lateral and medial sides of the boot wrap up from the sole, increasing traction and control, as well as durability in high-abrasion areas. The Surf Boot Hi is engineered with a heel pull, and a subtle neoprene checkerboard-print high ankle to keep water out. The boot is punctuated with Vans’ signature Sidestripe and heel scab.


The 5mm Surf Boot Hi is now available at Vans retailers and at


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About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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