As important as choosing the best board, a good skate shoe will be the greatest assistant to control over your skateboard whilst minimizing injuries to your feet.
It’s various in designs and sole, but due to my years of skating, there are still some general features to take into consideration when looking for a suitable pair (which I’m also going to talk about later in this article – take a peek if you still have no idea of what criteria to look for the best skateboard shoes).
But now are my top-rated suggestions with detail review, based on personal experience, to help you say goodbye to confusion during the selection process. So, read on!
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Table of Contents
- Top 26 Best Skateboard Shoes in 2019 Review
- 1.DC Men’s Court Graffik – Best overall
- 2.Adidas Men’s Seeley – Animal-friendly Design
- 3.DC Men’s Trase TX – Low maintenance
- 4. Vans Old Skool Low-Top Trainers – Best for performing tricks
- 5. Etnies Jameson 2 Eco – Durable
- 6. Etnies Marana – Comfortable
- 7. Emerica Romero – Good grip
- 8. C1RCA AL50 – Best for kickflips
- 9. VANS Sk8-Hi Reissue – Break-in Quickly
- 10. NIKE Men’s Zoom Stefan Janoski – Great Board-feel
- 11. HUF Men’s Soto – Affordable
- 12. Supra Vaider Skate Shoe – Flexible
- 13. New Balance 331v1 – Great mobility
- 14. Supra Method Skate Shoe – Lightweight
- 15. Fallen Men’s D O A – Soft
- 16. Globe Men’s The Eagle – Stylish
- 17. DC Mens Wes Kremer 2 S Shoes – Supportive
- 18. Emerica Men’s Reynolds G6 – Precise fit
- 19. Osiris Men’s Clone Skate Shoe – Breathable
- 20. Lakai Men’s Fremont-M – Various colorways
- 21. Vans VANS X SPITFIRE SLIP-ON PRO – Good Balance
- 22. Globe Men’s Sprout Skate Shoe – Protective
- 23. DC Men’s Tiago S – Wear resistance
- 24. NIKE SB 819673 – Good impact absorption
- 25. Adidas Matchcourt High RX2 – Best leather skateboard shoes
- 26. NIKE Men’s SB Zoom Dunk – Best Classic skate shoes
- How to Choose The Best Skate Shoes
- Top Picks
- 1. Top 3 Most Comfortable Skate Shoes
- 2. Top 3 Most Durable Skate Shoes
- 3. Best Skateboard Shoes for Beginners and New Riders
- 4. Best Option for Women
- 5. Best Option for Kids
- 6. Most Affordable Option
- 7. Best High Top Skate Shoes
- 8. Best Mid Top Skate Shoes
- 9. Best Low Top Skate Shoes
- 10. Best Slip-On Skate Shoes
- 11. Best Vulcanized Skate Shoes
- 12. Best Cupsole Skate Shoes
- 13. Best Option for Wide Feet
- 14. Best Option for Flat Feet
- 15. Best Option for Ankle Support
- 16. Best Option for Arch Support
- 17. Best Option for Flip Tricks
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 26 Best Skateboard Shoes in 2019 Review
1.DC Men’s Court Graffik – Best overall
I have worn the DC Graffik for nearly 3 years and they’ve remained at the top of the men’s skateboard shoes, which really impresses me of how long-lasting they are.
These shoes are made of 100% leather and despite the heft, bulk and bigness is their mobility and support during my trick performance. Plus, the extra padded foam in their tongue and collar increases its comfort to your feet whilst the vent holes on the sides is great at breathability.
Actually, you can get these offline on a nearby Zumiez store, but after doing some online pricing, I find this better deal on Amazon. So, why not?
- Much cheaper than buying on the store but same high quality
- Comfortable and breathable
- Best in doing tricks
- Good grip
- Great support
- Lightweight mesh tongue
- Many colorways
- Full-size chart
- Need time to break in
- Should go half to one size smaller
2.Adidas Men’s Seeley – Animal-friendly Design
Speaking of the Adidas men’s Seeley skate shoes, their cool and stylish outlook is what drew me in while their good-fitting sole and grippy-to-the-board performance are what keep me repurchase them.
A common matter of my old skateboard shoes that was frequently happened to me but NOT in this pair is the socks often slipping off my feet while I’m skating. That’s annoying and so much distracting! With these, their soles grip my socks pretty well whilst giving slightly firm to support my arches better.
In a word, if you’re looking for grippy skateboard shoes, this is the best bet.
- Synthetic material is the best for animal-friendly skateboarders
- Good at mobility
- Extra padded foam at ankle area for better protection
- Comfortable and grippy
- Avoid socks from slipping off the feet
- Stylish and cool look
- Smooth, anti-abrasion upper
- Give precise board feel
- Need much time to break in
- A bit stiff
3.DC Men’s Trase TX – Low maintenance
The DC Men’s Trase TX skate shoe is a certificated stayer among my favorites on those summer days that I need a thin and breathable fabric of skateboard shoes.
I won’t deny the statement of others about its lack of durability nor providing good flicks compared to the previous DC bro, HOWEVER, this pair strikes back with good performance in casual cruising and transition skating.
As there’s less arch support, you will get amazing board-feel and grip with better softness as well as flexibility. Besides, no time for breaking in needed!
- Highly flexible
- Break-in quickly
- Good grip and board-feel for transition skating and casual cruising
- Lightweight and breathable
- Easy to clean and low-maintenance
- Versatile to change from a skater to a stylish boy for a family outing
- Not best in flicks
- Lack of arch support
- Not really durable
- A bit smaller, you need to go one size bigger
4. Vans Old Skool Low-Top Trainers – Best for performing tricks
On top of the lightness and incredible breathability thanks to its high-quality canvas material, the Vans Women’s Old Skool(tm) Core Classics nail up its great support to the heel as well as the timeless, classic and old school looking vibe.
Unlike other skateboard shoes that I’ve tried, these Vans go true to size, at least they perfectly fit and bring comfort to my feet. Take a look at the shoe’s bottom, you will see its signature waffle outsole which plays a huge role in enhancing your board-feel whilst providing lots of grips.
I can’t ensure that Vans strainers are the most durable skateboard shoes out there, but one thing is assured – they are best for showtime tricks with an awesome skating look and making kickflips’ look so much radical.
- Lightweight and breathable
- High-quality material
- Good support to heels
- Cool, classic and old-school look
- Go true size
- Give great board-feel and good grip
- Needless time for breaking in
- Best for performing tricks
- Not durable or easy to rip off
5. Etnies Jameson 2 Eco – Durable
Thanks to the material blend of canvas and synthetic, the Etnies Jameson skate shoes are inherited all strengths of both kinds of materials, particularly the lightness, breathability, eco-friendliness, and durability.
Also, I love the support of these skateboard shoes on my heel during a skate with lots of control and better impact absorption though it’s not as flexible and good board-feel as the Vans. I cop a black/brown/green pair and it’s a bit pity that there are not many color options in my size.
However, with such a good price and great quality, particularly they are recycled shoes, I still highly recommend these for beginner skateboarders who are also an environmentalist.
- Awesome control
- Stylish and cool
- Lightweight, breathable and durable
- Waffle outsole for good grip
- Cheap price
- Good and thick sole
- Padded collar for extra protection
- Absorb impact
- Not excellent in board-feel and flexibility
- Fewer color options in some sizes
- Take a longer time to break in
6. Etnies Marana – Comfortable
Kickflips and “scoop” tricks are two skating techniques that make lots of abuse on your skateboard shoes. With that being said, a durable pair should be taken into consideration, plus, grippy, sturdy soles and good collars as well.
The good news is this Etnies model fits the bill and even more. I guess its insane durability comes from the combination between textile and leather, especially the material on its toecap that helps me do kickflips more than perfect. Besides, I get really good flicks and impact protection on it.
Compared to the OG, this pair is a bit heavier but just that minor consequence can’t overweight the excellent performance and awesome quality of this collaboration with Michelin. Would buy them again and ever again.
- Grippy and sturdy sole
- Great padding
- Best at kickflips and scoop tricks
- Provide great flicks
- Very durable
- Good impact absorption and heel support
- True to size
- Comfortable thanks to the STI evolution foam in the insole and midsole
- Feel stiff and not flexible
- Need time to break in
7. Emerica Romero – Good grip
Out of my favorite low-profile skate shoes such as Huf’s, slip on’s and Vans Era’s, the Emerica Romero Laced just outlasts all of them to perform excellently in doing tricks, kickflips, and some other technique skateboarding skills.
I think its higher durability is thankful for the choice wise of material. In this pair, Emerica chose the manmade one that seems to simulate the feel and look of real leather. But the better thing is its animal-friendly characteristics to be the best option for environmentalist-skateboarder.
The best thing about this shoe is its only one-piece toecap to avoid unwanted tear and stitching problems from daily skating. It’s something that only has in the Romero line of Emerica to deserve a try.
- Animal-friendly material
- One-piece toecap to avoid tear and stitching issues
- No tongue creeping down your feet’s sides
- Provide trademarked, unique triangle outsole tread with customized sole -> Bring durability, extra protection, and good grip
- Affordable price
- Feel stiffer and less flexible
- Need some extra break-in
8. C1RCA AL50 – Best for kickflips
Talking about this C1RCA AL50, I still can’t believe this only $35, real suede skate shoe is capable to stay new and durable during a whole year long with lots of abuse and practicing tricks. Despite the cheap price is their careful packaging enclosed with both black and white shoelaces.
But the thing beyond my expectation is their great ankle support and the comfy tongue padding. Plus, the stylish plushness design makes it perfectly style on many occasions, whether it’s pants or shorts, dressing up or dressing down.
My friend – John, after seeing me doing kickflips on them, also ordered the same pair, size 10. The thing here is his super wide feet always compulsorily make him choose one size bigger to have the best fitting but with this pair, it is his very first time going true size.
So, if you have the same matter as him, just feel free about the sizing chart. They are amazing!
-Durable and breathable
-Extra protection thanks to toe bumper and triple-stitched toe reinforcement
-Comfy due to the additional collar and tongue padding
-Better ankle support compared to other low-top skate shoes
-Affordable price for real leather shoes
-Great fit and tread
-Best at doing tricks and kickflips
-Need time to break in
9. VANS Sk8-Hi Reissue – Break-in Quickly
The very first high-top skate shoe in this collection, featuring a preppy rugby style outlook with catchy 1966 backing that I bet you will receive a lot of compliments or at least, there’s someone will stop you to ask where to buy them.
But what I’m concerned the most about this pair is their lessening of arch support. It’s a two-edged sword because you need to trade off between the amazing grip and board-feel and the less durability.
But thanks GOD, the insole is removable so that you can replace it by a legitimate footbed, such as the Dr. Scholls/Odor Eater insole for extra support due to preference.
About mine, I’m satisfied with its fitting, flexibility and good grip for more decent trick performance. On top of that, bought this pair only about 65 bucks – much cheaper than buying at the store so, really glad that I rolled the dice!
-High-top shoe for ultimate protection
-Good board-feel and grip
-Flexible and comfortable
-Synthetic material is lightweight and animal-friendly
-Various color options
-There’s annoying squeak while walking
-Wide feet should go a half size bigger
10. NIKE Men’s Zoom Stefan Janoski – Great Board-feel
Compared to the Vans, the Nike skateboard shoes are more struggling to break-in, if not saying that they hurt my feet badly. However, after about a week, their comfort is back and even better than the Vans.
They bang for my bucks when merging perfectly the great heel support of a cupsole skate shoe and the decent board-feel of a vulcanized pair in the most innovative and thoughtful way possible.
So, from my experience, they are both good at casual cruising and doing tricks with lots of mobility. Plus, lightweight to my feet yet providing enough protection and comfort to my arch and heel.
-Durable and long-lasting material
-Lightweight Max Air unit and Phylon midsole for good heel support
-EVA foam sock-liner for extra comfort
-Great board-feel and grip
-Versatile enough to dress up or dress down
-Need time to break in
-Wide feet should go one size bigger
Tips: During the break-in time, if your feet are hurt so bad, try inserting a piece of cardboard between the back of the shoes and your heel to keep the pressure off. Or, stuff them with newspaper to let the shoes stretch out before wearing.
11. HUF Men’s Soto – Affordable
During the time of practicing kickflips and other technical tricks, I did not have very exciting or plushness tastes in skateboard shoes, but just a pair that takes super quick time for breaking in and durable outsole (at least, there must not be a hole in them after a couple weeks). These shoes fitted just right to my bill.
Though its durability can’t be comparable with the expensive brands, like Nike or Adidas, its genuine leather material, grippy herringbone-tread sole, and one-piece vamp did save me from stitching and tear problems despite how much abuse on them during my practicing time.
I remember that I got on my third or fourth HUF Skate Shoes before changing utterly to the higher-end for professional trick performance. So, if you’re a beginner, this is definitely my recommendation for you.
-Cheap price and 100% genuine, high-quality leather
-Mesh lining for better breathability
-Removable insole to freely insert your customized one with better heel support as the preference
-One-piece vamp to prevent tear and stitching issues
-Take quicker time for breaking in
-Provide good flicks and comfortable
-No collar padding
12. Supra Vaider Skate Shoe – Flexible
I love my Supra Vaider Skate Shoe for how it actually comes in my size and the great fitting with lots of extra protection. It’s a big thank you to the high-top design as well as the additional mesh padding in its tongue and mesh.
In terms of board-feel and grip, though they aren’t phenomenal that you feel like you belong in a Magic Mike’s show, it’s good enough to help you do tricks and flips more flexible.
I wear it for every day from cruising around my neighborhood to practicing more complicated tricks in the skatepark nearby. Even, their snazzy outlook is also perfect to style with dressier outfits. For such that versatility, I 100% highly recommend this!
-High-quality, durable leather
-High-top design to optimize the protection to your feet
-Extra mesh padding on tongue and collar for comfort and more protection
-Good grip and board-feel
-Need time to let the leather material break in
Tips: To keep the shoes longer lasting, my advice is to buy an extra suede spray guard.
13. New Balance 331v1 – Great mobility
The New Balance Men’s 331v1 is my second pair for novice riders who should go for an affordable, durable skate shoe with low maintenance that you can repeat dirtying and cleaning the shoe with worry-free of wears and tears.
Ethically made and manufactured with high-quality resources, the shoe features fresh foam inserts, the skate shoe features high-quality textile material, and rubber sole. So, not only are they breathable and comfortable – its high flexibility and good board-feel are the keys for your kickflips success.
-High-quality material for durability and breathability
-Low-top design provides great mobility
-Extra foam inserts for more comfort to your feet
-High flexibility and decent board-feel
-Herringbone tread for good grip
-Lack of heel support
14. Supra Method Skate Shoe – Lightweight
When it comes to a pair of skateboard shoe for casual cruising, my goal is to find out the one with decent durability, heel support and impact absorption to bring me the most comfort and balance in whichever kinds of terrain I cruise through.
My go-to is the Supra Method Skate Shoe – it comes up with internal neoprene bootie system and EVA cushioned midsole that my feet feel like heaven. Lightweight yet full of protection is another strength of this shoe, which I guess it depends mostly to the asymmetric toe cap as well as its high-top design.
Blending of leather and textile, it’s a material wise because despite the ultra-durability of leather is its difficulty to break in, thanks to the additional textile material, this helps to lessen the time significantly as well as save you lots of effort and heel blisters.
-Diverse color options
-Durable less wears and tears
-Optimal protection and heel support
-Great impact absorption
-Best at casual cruising
Note: Should go a half size larger
15. Fallen Men’s D O A – Soft
The same material blend of canvas and genuine suede as the Supra Method and like any good skate shoes is the rubber sole, however, this one is specialized in doing tricks.
The Fallen is another low-price range I have been using since my beginning days to practice kickflips. They come at an amazingly cheap price yet the decent quality makes me feel it bangs for my every single buck.
Particularly, the seamless one-piece toe panel keeps me from annoying stitching problems. Along with that, is the ease in mind of its phenomenal durability. As a clumsy guy, I also particularly love its medium-top silhouette as well because it’s not too short to expose my ankles neither too high to limit the mobility of the shoes. Big thumbs-up from me!
-Super affordable price yet high-quality material and durable
-Comfortable and breathable
-Good board-feel and herringbone tread for better grip
-Seamless one-piece toecap to lessen stitching issue whilst increasing its durability
-Better protection than the low-top and more mobility than the high-top
-Smoother rubber finish
-Insoles should be replaced for better comfort
-Lack of heel support
16. Globe Men’s The Eagle – Stylish
Amongst the top-rated brands for skate shoes is Globe. Highlight with their tribal construction and open cell EVA lasting board, which makes it breathable and super cool.
What I like about these skateboard shoes is its fitting. While almost my old pairs were either very floppy or not big enough, the Globe Men’s Skate Shoe is truly the perfectly snug fit.
As any cupsole skate shoes, the durability and impact absorption are decent that even the harshest abuse during your trick practicing times can’t tear all the way through. And, it turns out a very great investment as a pair of Globe, costing nearly $85, last me for nearly 3 years. it’s quite a bargain.
-High-quality and durable material, as it’s suede -> no shrinking down
-Great heel support
-Good impact absorption
-Breathable and comfortable
-Affordable price in a long-term
-Brown outsole to prevent dirt efficiently
-Stylish and clean cut
-A bit shallow in the toe area
-Less flexible and board-feel
17. DC Mens Wes Kremer 2 S Shoes – Supportive
For a versatile pair of men’s skate shoes, you can’t go wrong with the DC Wes Kremer 2 S. Its trendy, stylish and fashionable outlook is sure to be an essential in your wardrobe that helps you jump from an energetic and cool skateboarding guy to a gentle, modern office man.
It’s capable to style with pants and shorts, jeans and khakis, on many occasions. Plus, 12 color mix options to vary your choices. But what’s worth mentioning here is the perfect combination with cupsole’s strengths despite its vulcanized sole. For examples, the extra durability yet still remaining comfort, softness and board-feel. Or, the high-impact skating absorption thanks to its Impact S Tech.
That’s why I usually stick with this pal every day whether it’s a cruise around my neighborhood or perform some kickflips in my favorite nearby skatepark.
-Soft, flexible and comfortable to the feet
-Durable in material and high impact absorption in skating
-Stylish and fashionable look
-Additional lacing for more support
-Take more time to break in than other vulcanized skate shoes
18. Emerica Men’s Reynolds G6 – Precise fit
A remastered classic pair of shoes that not only pulls upon the Emerica x Reynolds history but also their nostalgia strings from one of my top-favored skateboard footwear. On it, you can see the Emerica with the Boss’s legacy shines through.
Really, I’m so glad to see the design of this version is so close to the Reynolds 2’s.
Other than that, is the extreme restructuring with better board-feel, extra cushioning through the G6 PU midsole and the application of G6
Technology to ensure both the best comfort and precise fit to your feet.
-Decent board-feel and flexible
-Great support and elegant look
-G6 PU midsole & EVA insole for extra comfort
-Triangle tread outsole for better grip
-Signature G6 technology
-Wide feet should go one size bigger
19. Osiris Men’s Clone Skate Shoe – Breathable
One more option for animal-friendly skaters is this Clone Skate Shoe from Osiris as it’s made out of 100% high-grade synthetic material with rubber sole.
This interesting combo combining with the lightweight padded collar and tongue also helps to cut down the total heft of this shoe to the extreme. Thus, providing more support, control, and comfort to the riders, at least in my standard.
For more durability, Osiris added the reinforced high abrasion areas around the shoe and on the other side, making it look more iconic to vary your options to style with many outfits. Nice!
-Lightweight and high-quality
-Durable and long-lasting
-Full coverage and protection, yet very breathable and comfort
-Good heel support
-Should go one size smaller
-Too long laces
20. Lakai Men’s Fremont-M – Various colorways
One killing feature in this cupsole shoe from Lakai is their heel support. Might you know it or not, this kind of skateboard shoes are famous for their excellent impact absorption and lots of heel support. However, their biggest drawback is the lack of board feel.
And, the good news is this pair isn’t the one!
Whether it’s trick practicing or kickflip performing, the Lakai Men’s Fremont-M always gives a good feel of the board to help you control and keep balance perfectly. My guess is, might be their flexible sole plays the best role, at least in this case.
Besides, thanks to the extra vent holes around the shoe, its ventilation ability is pretty good that even under the hot summer days of California, my feet don’t feel stuffy or sweaty at all unless I wear too thick socks.
But what impressed me the most about this shoe is its readiness for a ride just out of the box without the need of breaking in. Amazing!
-100% suede but no time to break in
-Lots of heel support
-Full size & various colorways
-Excellent board feel
-Flexible and good grip
-Not good heel lock
21. Vans VANS X SPITFIRE SLIP-ON PRO – Good Balance
Truth to say, I used to be an anti-fan of using slip-on to skate because as its name defines, your shoes are going to slip out of your feet during a flip. But turns out I was wrong! And, the Vans x Spitfire Slip-on Pro with its great fitting was the one changing my mind.
It’s a collaboration between two well-known sporty brands in footwear – Spitfire and Vans – to release a more advanced Vans version on the classic origin, nailing up its better performance. Also, this is the very first time in Vans’ history, there’s a shoe with suede uppers.
Meanwhile, thanks to the UltraCrush HD sock liners, the shoe which was inherently good at board-feel is now even better. But I’m glad that they still keep the Vans signature waffle tread on the outsole as well as the impact cushioning.
One last highlight is their durability, in this special edition, particularly those areas where wears usually happen, they underlay the DURACAP reinforcement rubber.
-Free shipping and returns
-Go true size and great fitting
-Versatile, comfortable, durable and wear resistant
-Better board-feel, more control and better in keeping balance
-Don’t have a small size
22. Globe Men’s Sprout Skate Shoe – Protective
I appreciate the well-made and sophisticated look of this Globe skate shoe, which you can clearly find in their brand logo printing on the lining or the embroidery on its tongue.
Also, its classic and basic outlook with two major colors – black and white, with some small, elegant logo tag as an interesting emphasis – is the best versatile shoe to style in many occasions, letting you jump from your trick performance into the office chair, without looking like you’ve just come from a ride.
But the highlight should be its nitrolite footbed and double wrap foxing for extra support and comfort. Last up, is the super-V tread on the outsole, giving better grip.
-Great grip and control
-Smooth, protective and durable suede
-Not really durable will get some small kickflip holes on the toecap after 3-4 months of use
23. DC Men’s Tiago S – Wear resistance
By replacing utterly suede with rubber, the DC Men’s Tiago S is much lighter, which leads to better control, mobility, and board-feel during a flip or cruise.
But don’t let its lightness fool you, its quality is approved by me during 6 months of skating, cruising and particularly, practicing many difficult tricks and flips – so much abuse – yet the shoe still takes on that excellently. No wears and tears!
Besides, its cutouts and decorative stitching on a full-black material are so true to my taste. It’s simple, but not boring, if not saying that such elegant and sophisticated details upend its character and vibe efficiently without many showoffs. I like that!
-Lightweight yet durable and high-quality
-Keep balance really good
-Versatile and multifunction
-Taking on wear and tear excellently
-Cool and character outlook
-Should go one size bigger
24. NIKE SB 819673 – Good impact absorption
I guess without much talk, you can easily find out the highlight feature in this Nike SB Huperfeel Koston. Yeah, it’s the elastic high-top design that figures like a collar, fitting snugly to your ankle area. But let me tell you about its benefit because aside from the easy access of your feet to the shoe, it actually provides more than what you can bargain for.
This design wise with thick material brings great protection to your ankles but at the same time, not disturb you from flexible movement during a ride or flip. In other words, it inherits all strengths of a low-top and a high-top skateboard shoe. Plus, very low-maintenance.
Overall, you will feel 100% worth the money. I can assure that!
-The material blend of synthetics and textiles deliver super lightness
-Give better control and board-feel to keep balance perfectly
-Breathable and comfortable
-Ultra-protection to your feet and ankles yet keeps great mobility
-Absorb impact efficiently
-Great heel support
-Fewer color options
25. Adidas Matchcourt High RX2 – Best leather skateboard shoes
Speaking of this Adidas skateboarding match court high RX2, its 100% precious genuine full-grain leather with low-maintenance material, pricing less than $90, really gave me a good feel of a great deal.
And yeah, up to now, still get no remorse about them though there are a few times it’s full of mud and the mesh tongue seems to get more care, just after some brush and natural drying, they look like new again. Plus, their thick material takes on wears and tears more than perfect.
In terms of performance, it’s fine for me. The combo of thick padding collar cushion and high-top design provide ultimate protection, but at the same time, limit its mobility. But thanks to the thin insole, it offsets such minor drawback to bring good flex during your flip.
-Premium full-grain leather to excel durability and wear resistance
-Smoother rubber finish
-Good board feel and flexibility
-Great at protection and support
-Stylish and elegant look
-Need more time to break in than other vulcanized shoes
26. NIKE Men’s SB Zoom Dunk – Best Classic skate shoes
Last up is the SB Zoom Dunk Low Pro from Nike– my favorite athletic brand specialized in footwear of all the time. But don’t get me wrong as I’m not a Nike addiction disorder. There are obviously many good things about this expensive shoe that persuades me to drop money on.
And, the very first thing is its high-quality and soft suede material as well as the elimination of construction or padding around the tongue and collar. Such that advance brings really better breathability, control, and mobility rather than other thick, stiffy kinds of leather.
I’ve been looking for a low-profile classic skate shoe, but not too low as the Vans and this fits just right to my bill. They nail up decent support and durability that makes me feel every single penny is well worth.
One last bonus is the full-length EVA midsole for extra sturdiness, comfort and lightweight cushioning. In a pinch, it’s just perfect for professional riders.
-High-quality, lightweight and durable material
-Low-profile yet great in support
-Breathable and comfortable
-Sturdy and lightweight
-A bit costly
How to Choose The Best Skate Shoes
Actually, to find out the best skateboard shoes isn’t difficult, not saying that it’s super easy to guess from my previous reviews. This buying guide won’t ask you to do this and don’t do that like other guidelines on the internet, but more about your personal skating style and preference.
In a pinch, there are 5 features to keep in mind:
Choose the right fit
If this is your very first time choosing a pair of skate shoes, my three secret signs to help you find out the best fit are:
- No heel lifts
- Not too loose or too tight. The shoe should fit snugly to your feet
- No discomfort or pain, at least no loss of circulation
The best way to find out your size is going to a nearby footwear store, trying some models. Remember to shop in the afternoon. Then, go home and searching for online pricing to find the best deal. Usually, on the official website or on the huge e-commercial ones like eBay and Amazon, you will get a lot of discount offers.
Besides, whether it’s textiles, synthetics or leather, hardly any pair can be ready out of the box. In other words, it takes a few days to weeks to break in. During such this time, if your feet are painful badly, thick socks will be the best life-saver.
As mentioned above, there are three major kinds of materials: leathers, synthetics, and textiles.
Leathers are divided into suede and full-grain leather.
The full-grain is the most durable materials in the skateboard shoe world, but doesn’t provide as a good grip or flicks as the suede. That’s why suede is more suitable for technical skateboarding because of its softness, flexibility, and mobility.
Bonus: For softer foot-feel, try the pig suede.
This man-made material is a more humanitarian option for skateboard shoes if you’re also a friendly-animal rider. Its look and feel are like genuine leather but way more affordable even though its durability might be not as excellent as the real.
Typical of the textiles is canvas.
Its strengths are lightness and breathability due to the thinness material. But at the same time, its drawbacks are less durable and not doing the best flicks as the leather or synthetics, which is why textile shoes are usually used for casual cruising and transition skating.
Types of rubber sole
Or, in detail, whether it’s the vulcanized or the cupsole. The biggest difference between the two of them is the manufacturing process. While the vulcanized shoes are all through a step of heating in high temperature then, baking in a sense for a softer texture, the cupsole ones skip it in a purpose of making the sole thicker and harder.
Along with that, are some certain pros and cons of each rubber sole type.
-Needless time to break in
-Good at flexibility
-Provide great board-feel and grip
-Not as durable as the cupsole
-Lack of heel support
-The insoles are usually replaced
-Absorb impact better
-Give more heel support
-Usually, take a week to break in
-Not as flexible as the vulcanized
-Not provide much board-feel
It’s your choice on these three options: low-top, mid-top and high-top. The easiest feature to distinguish each of them is the ankle position of the shoe. If it stays below your ankles, that’s a low-top. Around your ankle, it’s a mid-top and finally, above your ankle – a high-top.
Equivalent to each type of shoe design, there are some certain strengths and drawbacks. But to help you remember more easily, keep in mind this basic rule of thumb:
The lower the top of the shoe, the more mobility and the less protection are provided.
Finally, it’s to discover all the layers of the shoe.
In general, there are three: Tread pattern, midsole, and insole.
Tread pattern belongs to the outsole of a shoe, different kinds of tread do bring different grip and board-feel to the wearer. Three common types of tread pattern are the waffle (which is also the signature in Vans shoes), the herringbone tread and the squared one.
The midsole is the middle layer of a shoe’s sole. Or, in some cases, it’s the cushioning sandwiched between the outsole and insole. The best material of this part and also the most common is EVA foam because it’s lightweight and flexible. But in some shoe midsoles, it might be either polyurethane or PU foam for cheaper-priced alternatives.
Finally, is the insole. It’s actually the footbed of a shoe, usually made out of gel, foam, or more advanced, a mix between them. The biggest function of this part is to bring extra cushioning to your feet. Usually, it’s detachable so that you remove for better board-feel or add your customized insoles for better heel support.
So many options provided might overwhelm you, that’s why this extra part will help you group some popular top picks due to the specific areas in which the skate shoes excel in.
1. Top 3 Most Comfortable Skate Shoes
In terms of comfort, my suggestions are the DC Men’s Court Graffik Skate Shoe, the Vans Old Skool Unisex Adults’ Low-Top Trainers, and the VANS Unisex Sk8-Hi Reissue Skate Shoes. If paying closer attention, you’ll find these are mostly cupsole with padded collar and tongue. Or, at least, extra cushioning on the midsole.
2. Top 3 Most Durable Skate Shoes
If durable and long-lasting in the shoes are what you’re all about then the Adidas Men’s Seeley, the Etnies Jameson 2 Eco, and the Etnies Marana are the clear winners. Despite the difference in material, you can see that these three are crafted carefully and skillfully with expertly durable construction, strong stitching, tough soles, and treads. Also, their solid design plays a huge role in this case.
3. Best Skateboard Shoes for Beginners and New Riders
For novice riders, my recommendation is the Adidas Men’s Seeley Skate Shoe as it’s lightweight enough to provide better control, grip, and board-feel for an easier ride.
4. Best Option for Women
The Vans Old Skool Unisex Adults’ Low-Top Trainers will be the best bet for ladies who love skating as, on top of its good performance in tricks, this shoe also focusses on the fitting, feeling and style, which is surely compatible for the women’s preference.
5. Best Option for Kids
The best skateboard shoe for kids should be in high-top design for extra protection to their ankles. In the meantime, durable material and low maintenance are the musts, which is why I pick the Supra Vaider Skate Shoe. Plus, a very affordable price!
6. Most Affordable Option
My picks are the Emerica Romero Laced Skate Shoe, the C1RCA AL50 Adrian Lopez Lightweight Insole Skate Shoe, and the New Balance Men’s 331v1 Skate Shoe. However, their competitive price tags don’t fall into the oblivion of quality or comfort, which really satisfies me.
7. Best High Top Skate Shoes
If your preference is a high-top shoe then the VANS Unisex Sk8-Hi Reissue is a must-try pair for you. Not only provide great extra protection to your ankles, but it also ensures the best comfort from the padded collar and tongue as well as the mobility for every movement.
8. Best Mid Top Skate Shoes
The Fallen Men’s D O A is my favorite pick out of the bunch because aside from taking advantage of a mid-top skateboard shoe, it comes up with a compromise of sturdiness, flexibility, weight, and versatility. Besides, is the great fitting and its high-quality suede-canvas materials.
9. Best Low Top Skate Shoes
If you love a low-top shoe, the DC Men’s Trase TX Unisex will fit the bill. Feature canvas low-top design with fabric sole, I can assert that it won’t ever let you down by how comfortable, durable, quickly accessing and easy to manage it is.
10. Best Slip-On Skate Shoes
My pick of all the time as well as the one and only slip-on in this collection, the Adidas Men’s Seeley nails up its great fitting without slipping off unwantedly. Along with that, is the impressive lightness and great performance to give more joy during a ride or a flip.
11. Best Vulcanized Skate Shoes
Speaking of vulcanized shoes, the DC Mens Wes Kremer 2 S Shoes deserves the No.1 in this list for its serious vulcanized construction to stimulate the flexibility, lightness, and ease in management without hampering the shoe performance.
12. Best Cupsole Skate Shoes
Though there is an avalanche of cupsole skate shoes in this collection, be aware that the NIKE Men’s Zoom Stefan Janoski is my top choice. Why? – You might ask. Well, I love it for the great construction to show off all of its functions, especially the stability, and heel support.
13. Best Option for Wide Feet
For those who were born with wide feet, chances are that you find much struggling when choosing a pair of shoes, not just the skate ones, right? In skateboarding, the key to bring you utmost comfort to your feet is choosing right support amount of the shoes. And my recommendation is the C1RCA AL50 Adrian Lopez.
14. Best Option for Flat Feet
Owning flat feet means you have to look for a more form-fitting and supportive skate shoe, which is why I suggest the Nike Men’s SB Zoom Dunk Low Pro due to its EVA cushioning insole and flexible sole. I’m quite sure you will get the most joyful skateboarding moments with it.
15. Best Option for Ankle Support
Without thinking twice, my choice is always the NIKE SB Hyperfeel Koston. Its material and design wise not only deliver adequate support to your ankles, but also make it become a frontrunner in the skateboarding world.
16. Best Option for Arch Support
If you intend to be a serious skateboarder, the arch support of skate shoes should be taken into consideration. And the best option in this field is the Emerica Men’s Reynolds G6, especially when you begin to practice some tricks.
17. Best Option for Flip Tricks
Whether you’re a beginner or a professional in flips tricks, the Lakai Men’s Fremont-M is a must-try pair to be capable of carrying out the most difficult tricks and skateboarding thanks to its excellent grip and great support in various terrains.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you need special shoes for skateboarding?
In technical saying, my answer is probably a no. Literally, a pair of army boots can take this role pretty okay. HOWEVER, skate shoes do help your skateboarding better thanks to it’s grippy, flat and extra wide soles. Such that specialized feature deliver better board-feel than on the normal shoes.
Another strength of skate shoe is the extra padded tongue, and collars (in some cases, it’s on the sides as well) for better protection to you during trick practicing.
Or, in the thin classic style skate shoes for doing kickflips, its special design will give you better board-feel with lots of flexibility.
The shoe itself is equipped with reinforced side panels to keep it last longer under abusing whilst the normal shoes rip up just after a few months of use.
With that being said, if your budget can afford a pair of skate shoes, I still highly recommend buying. Otherwise, ordinary footwear is okay, just except for flip-flops.
2. Are vans good skate shoes?
Right from the start, Vans has been around then, learned and improved a lot along the way to release better skate shoes. I won’t assert Vans brings the best shoes for skateboarding, but there’s one thing I can assure is their soles – deliver very good board-feel and fantastic grip. Also, their signature waffle grip is on point.
However, to choose the best Vans skate shoes, you need to be a bit picky about the material. In my opinion, suede is truly outstanding. My recommendation is the Vans x Spitfire slip-on pro, it can’t be comparable.
3. Are skate shoes good for walking?
Actually, there’s no big difference to walk on either a skate shoe or a normal walking shoe. However, as the skate shoes are designed especially for skateboarding, your feet might be fatigued if walking day by day on them.
So, for this question, it’s a no from me.
4. Can you skateboard with Converse?
Their firm, THIN insoles stop me from saying yes for this question. Also, their severe lack of padded cushion inside leads to poor impact absorption, which will make you feel like hell when skating on the Converse.
That’s also why I underlined the Converse shoes out of this list.
An undeniable fact that the best skateboard shoes will definitely deliver the most joyful skating moment to you. Whether you’re going to make a purchase online or offline, always keep in mind five key elements that I’ve mentioned above. Besides, don’t forget to consider your budget, preference and warranty policy of the manufacturer.
Hope this article is helpful for you. Thanks for reading!