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Time to Update Your Skate Style!

Over the decades, skateboarding has taken on a life of its own. Once merely a by-product of surfing and the California lifestyle, skateboarding evolved exponentially and its influence stretched from coast tocoast and around the globe. Dare you call it a sport, for many, skateboarding is a way of life. Like a fish out of water, the surfer too found its way to land. Eventually moving away from the salty air of the boardwalk, the skater adapted to whatever environment provided the gnarliest of sessions, from the harsh concrete and asphalt of the skate park to more vertical landscapes.

One of the key aspects of the lifestyle is style. It’s hard to imagine another group of fanatics so obsessed with their aesthetic and dedicated to their brands as skateboarders. If you cut to the core of skateboard style, perhaps the single most important identifier is the footwear. The quickest way to let the world know you are the real deal is the skate shoes on your feet. The scuffs on the toe, the ripped laces, the subtle holes, that’s the stuff hours of dedication are made of! The selection of the right shoe can weigh heavy on a young mind, or seem downright exasperating to the parent of the radical one. From low-profile canvas skate shoes destined for maximum chilling to technical models set to shred, The Zappos Rideshop has you covered.

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1. DC Trase TX

2. Emerica The Reynolds Low Vulc

3. adidas Skateboarding Adi-Ease

4. Circa AL50 Slim

5. etnies Marana

6. HUF Choice

7. Globe Motley

8. Nike SB Check

9. Vans Authentic

10.Vans Classic Slip-On

11. Vans Old Skool

12. Vans Authentic Lo Pro

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The evolution of the skate shoe has closely mimicked the timeline of skateboarding progression itself. The early low-profile vulcanized models led way to more advanced cupsole technology. As riding got more technical in the ‘90s, so did the shoes themselves. Skaters quickly realized that stair sets and huge gaps called for more padding, support, and comfort. A bruised heel or two have sidelined even the most hardened of skate veterans. Luckily, the skate shoe companies of the modern era have their craft down to a science. Often designed and tested by professional riders themselves, skate shoes reflect an amalgamation of style, functionality, and performance.

Dedicated brands such as Vans®, DC®, Emerica®, and HUF® have developed skate shoes to be less bulky, more comfortable, and durable than ever before.  Traditionally speaking, vulcanized soles are low-profile and provide optimum flex, board feel, and grip for superior control. Although not as durable or impact resistant as their cupsole counterparts, vulcanized technology has progressed to provide the best of both worlds.  Cupsole technology is easily described as an outsole that is shaped like a cup around the sole of your foot.  Cupsoles were thought to have less feel and flex compared to shoes with vulcanized construction, but many brand such as Nike SB®, etnies® and, adidas® Skateboarding offer slimmed- down versions with great board feel.

From future pros imagining their first video part to casual cruisers intent on the next sesh, there’s nothing like lacing up a fresh pair of skate sneakers right out of the box. Update your current kicks or pass on a new pair to the next generation of shredders. With brands like Supra®, C1RCA®, and Globe®, it’s no wonder that skateboarding shoes have set the standard for cool since the late ‘80s and have pushed the limits ever since!

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Video Recap of Park Jam Rail Event 2015

Last month, the Zappos Rideshop hosted the first-ever Park Jam Rail Event right here in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. It was two nights of snowboarding, family fun, friends and of course…food! They brought in actual snow and a 30-foot jibbing rail where professional snowboarders showed off some impressive tricks.

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Shades of Summer: Sunglasses You Need as the Weather Heats Up

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One of our most faithful companions as we make our way from spring into summer is a great pair of sunglasses. A trusty pair of shades not only protects your eyes from the sun’s harsh glare, it also tops off your outfit as the final seal of personal style. Zappos Rideshop is brimming with so many great eyewear brands and awesome new styles like the timeless Ray-Ban to the fashion-forward Von Zipper.

A great pair of sunglasses can really take an outfit to a whole different level of cool! Don’t believe us? Just throw on a pair of sleek Native Eyewear polarized sunglasses or Ray-Ban Wayfarers to your t-shirt-and-jeans look and enjoy the steady stream of compliments. 

Below are a few of spring & summer’s most noteworthy styles in the world of active eyewear. So get ready to grab your cool shades and cruise into summer’s adventures while keeping your eyes and your style top of mind!

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Featured styles:

1. Shwood Canby

2. Native Eyewear Flatirons

3. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Polarized

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Featured styles:

1. VonZipper Cheeks

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses


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Our Cold-Weather Favorites

‘Tis the season to break out those sweaters, hoodies, boots & beanies! Winter is just around the corner, and to prepare for whatever version of the polar vortex Mother Nature has in store for us this year, we’ve stocked up on the coolest cold-weather gear from brands you know and love.

Find a comfy hoodie from Vans, layer on a Fox jacket, slip on some awesome Volcom boots and keep your dome warm with a DC beanie. There are endless ways to keep warm while looking as cool as ever with our favorite skate, surf and street brands from the Zappos Rideshop.

Check out a few of our latest picks!

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Guys:

1. Matix Clothing Co. Box Fleece Bomber

2. Fox Fremont Jacket 2

3. Vans Rutherford Mountain Edition Jacket

4. Volcom Smithington Boots

5. Vans Fleet Hoodie

6. DC Yepa SE Beanie

Gals:

1. Hurley Winchester Novelty Jacket

2. Roxy Kimono Sweater

3. Element Sedra Pullover Hoodie

4. Volcom Getter Boot

5. Vans Royer Gloves

6. Coal The Waffle Beanie


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New Brand Spotlight: Cardiff Skate Co.

Cardiff Skate Co., Cardiff roller skates, Cardiff skates, rollerskates, Zappos Rideshop, new brand spotlight, The Cardiff Skate Company was founded in beautiful Cardiff, California, where spending time outdoors is a way of life. They set out to redefine the skating industry. Their innovative, patented design lets you quickly and easily step on, strap in, and skate away.

Cardiff Skate Company offers two models to accommodate a large range of shoe sizes. Because their skates allow you to wear your own shoes, they offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional skates. The spring loaded automatic size adjustment system means that skates can easily be shared among people with different shoe sizes. One pair of skates can accommodate growing children as their shoe sizes increase. Cardiff Skates also offer a stable platform with a breaking system on both feet so they are perfect for all skill levels.

Cardiff Skate Company offers quality products that are fun to use and easy to fit into any lifestyle!

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New Brand Spotlight: XCEL Wetsuits

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Recognized globally and trusted locally, XCEL™ is a core wetsuit brand that engineers innovative products for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on Oahu's North Shore, XCEL draws upon their authentic water sports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit. XCEL's wetsuit innovations have revolutionized the industry and they continually strive to deliver the ultimate in warmth, stretch, and performance.

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Summer Flip Flops

Of all the sandals out there, none is more ubiquitous with summer than the flip flop. Whether you’re into the beach-friendly rubber variety or something fancier with embellishments, stocking up on this summertime classic is always a good idea.

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For Her:

1. Sperry Top-Sider “Calla”

2. Tkees “Lipglosses”

3. Flojos “Celine”

 

For Him:

1. Havaianas Top Mix Flip Flops

2. O’Neill “Groundswell ‘14”

3. Scott Hawaii “Hokulea”


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Bold Summer Socks from Stance

Summer is a time to be bold, a time to throw caution to the wind and have some fun with your outfit—right down to your socks. It’s true; your socks say a lot about you. While there’s a time and place for serious (i.e. boring) socks—summer is all about letting your personality shine with some show-stopping Stance socks!

Check out just a handful of our favorites. Wear these badboys loud and proud with heels, sneakers, ankle boots...or just by themselves lounging around the house!

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1. Stance "Isabelle"

2. Stance "Playa de Palm"

3. Stance "To Dye For"

4. Stance "Americana"

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