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How to Pick Skateboard Shoes

Learn how to pick skateboard shoes from SHUT Skateboards's Michael A. Cohen in this Howcast video.


We're going to dive into footwear here, check out a couple of different styles of skate shoes and I just want to give you guys some tips on purchasing skate shoes.

One thing that I can't stress enough is, you know, whatever you're buying, skateboarding, running, golf, whatever the sport is, a fitting shoe is definitely going to determine your day. Fitting shoes is real important because you are going to be using your feet to perform tricks on the skateboard. That is going to be the closest thing from your body to the board, is going to be the shoes. So, the best way to get a great feel on the board is, have great fitting shoes. These are two examples from Vans, Vans has been making shoes for over 30 years in the skateboard industry. Their shoes are my favorite and, obviously, favorites of others that are in the industry because it seems like every shoe out there is looking like a Vans.

So, you have amazing, amazing waffle bottom here, that Vans does, vulcanized sole, real strong stitching. Extra materials in the toe box area, something I look for all time when buying a skate shoe because of a lot of tricks you're going to be doing off the top of your feet and it's going to be on grip tape, is going to be catching that area so this section is going to be getting worn out a lot, that's like your Ollie pad or your Ollie section.

The other thing that you want to look for too, is a flat bottom shoe. The flat bottom shoe helps a lot because of, I guess, a great feel for the board. A wedge or anything high up will throw your heel off. You are going to be doing a lot of lateral movement so you don't want your shoe to be too tall in the back section of the shoe, because it will throw your balance off. So, the flat shoe, real thin, light weight is going to help your performance in skating.

If you're looking for more support, and you have ankle issues or if you're more of a tranny skater or a voll skater, I see most commonly used is a high-top. Vans also does a limited edition, once in a while I've seen them put out a mid, the mid is great for all around as well, but if you're looking for the extra support, the high top is going to be your best bet.

As far as skate shoes, price-wise, majority of the skate shoes I see out there are fairly inexpensive compared to, say, a running shoe. There is not too much involved. I highly recommend not skating barefoot, especially on grip tape, unless you've had some sort of carpet board or cork grip, but otherwise one of the Vans or any of your skate shoes from your local skate shops should be awesome.

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