Skate shoes are a great fashion statement, but these shoes are constructed to be more than just fashionable. Skate shoes are constructed to make skateboarding comfortable and tricks easier to do, not to mention that they’re also constructed so that they hold up to extreme skateboarding. But, what’s the big deal about how they’re constructed? What is it that makes these fashionable shoes worthy of skateboarding gods?
Different brands of skate shoes are constructed in different ways. But, there are basic features that many companies use. Many companies choose to use double or triple stitching that works to prevent ripping. Another popular feature of skate shoes is that they have a wide, flat sole that allows more of the sole to meet the board.
Many brands are also vulcanized. Vulcanized is a term to describe the way the sole is attached to the upper part of the skate shoe. Another feature of the sole is the tread, which is constructed to make it easier to hold on to the board. Skate shoes are also made with leather or suede so that they are as durable as possible. Last but not least, thick tongues and sides are used to make skate shoes more comfortable. In other words, skate shoes are constructed to last a long time, prevent injury and provide for maximum skateboarding abilities. Of course, each brand has a special way of constructing skate shoes.
Vans is one of the most popular brands of skate shoes. They have several different styles available, which feature different types of construction. For example, their J-Lay version features reinforced uppers, a slim profile, drop-in PU midsole and the classic vulcanized waffle sole. This construction allows for durability, breathability, flexibility, grip, comfort and increased board control. Another popular brand is Etnies. Etnies’s Angle features tongue ventilation, tongue-centering straps, padded tongue and collar, cushioning footbed with heel support, lightweight rubber outsole with PU midsole and an integrated airbag. This construction allows for ultimate comfort on the most uncomfortable board.
A few other features you may want to keep in mind are lace protectors, air pockets in the heels, STI foam, lace loops that hide shoelaces, Action Leather, Thermoplastic Toe Box Reinforcement, Fusion Grip Rubber Outsole and asymmetric stabilizers. All of these features are made with comfort, durability or grip in mind. Take time to look at several brands to find the perfect type that suits your skateboarding style.
Finding the perfect skate shoes will take time and a bit money. With so many different styles to choose from, you need to take time to choose a style that is constructed to fit your skateboarding needs. Whether you love doing insane tricks or choose to play it safe, there’s a brand that will suit your style. Of course, if you just look at the fashion aspect of skate shoes, there are several fun styles to choose from. Skate shoes may have been made with skateboarding in mind, but they’re a great fashion statement as well.