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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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Fresh Picks: Athleisure

Even if your only knowledge of sports is limited to which quarterback is the cutest, there’s certainly room in your closet for these fresh and sporty pieces. The laidback, borrowed-from-the-boys vibe is surprisingly versatile and easily dressed up with your more sophisticated pieces for a fun juxtaposition.

Below are some of our recent favorites:

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1. BCBGeneration Solid Quilted Baseball Cap

2. StyleStalker You Spin Me Crop Top

3. Vans SK8 Hi™ Core Classics

4. BCBGeneration Binded Blocked Top

5. Obey Ramona Reversible Bomber Jacket

6. kensie MB Sweatshirt

7. Alternative Eco Jersey Raglan Baseball Tee

8. Superga Patent Croc Sneakers

9. Alternative Eco Jersey Jogger

10. Steve Madden “Exx” Slip-On Sneakers


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Fresh Picks: Check Mate

If there’s one thing to remember Paul Bunyan for, besides growing an impressively manly beard, it's putting buffalo checkered plaids on the map. We have seen a big resurgence of this print everywhere, from low end to high end fashion. We think there’s no better time than this winter to dabble in this timeless print and channel your inner woodsman (beards and suspenders optional).

Check out a few of our recent favorites in buffalo checks:

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1. BB Dakota “Iris” Coat

2. Alternative Apparel “Luma” Sweatshirt

3. Alternative Apparel Plaid “Voyager” Wrap

4. The Portland Collection by Pendleton “Bearchum” Shift Dress

5. Pendleton “Cedar Lodge” Jacket

6.Vans Classic Slip-On™ in Black & White Check

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Inspired By: Autumnal Vibes

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then street style replication is fashion flattery at its finest.

Today’s street style inspiration comes to us once again from the stylish streets of the Big Apple. This perfectly layered fall look could easily become a favorite go-to for chilly days.

Check out how we recreated all this bundled-up goodness below:

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1. Sam Edelman Mixed Media Wool Jacket

2. Free People Huntington Hacci Top

3. Echo Design Digital Pixels Wrap Scarf

4. Vans Mismoedig Beanie in Black Heather

5. DL1961 Emma Leggings in Berlin

6. Steve Madden Troopa Boots

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Labor Day Weekend Picks

It’s the one last summer hurrah before you dive in to the new school year. Make the long Labor Day weekend count with new clothes, shoes and accessories from our Rideshop brands! End the summer right with laid-back style that transitions perfectly into fall.

Check out some of our current faves:

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1. Volcom "Lost Days" Top

2. Neff "Geraldy" Premium Tee

3. Hurley "Arlington" Shoulder Bag

4. Sanuk "Chiba" Men's

5. House of Marley "Bag of Riddim" w/ Bluetooth

6. Vans Authentic Core Classic

7. Billabong "Valley Dayz" Shorts

8. O'Neill "Delta" Walkshort

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Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

On July 3, Zappos joined Boys Town Nevada and the UFC for the community day that kicked off the UFC’s International Fight Week—an annual event that included a two-day fan expo and culminated in UFC 162. Volunteers helped 100 at-risk boys and girls select a new pair of Nike, Converse, adidas, Vans, DC, or Stride Rite shoes from Zappos.com.

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Once their shoes were chosen, the kids and their families enjoyed a provided lunch at the recently opened The Learning Village in downtown Las Vegas. There was even a Sno Cone truck on hand to provide some relief from 115-degree heat!

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UFC fighters Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold, Forrest Griffin, Benson Henderson, Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Daniel Cormier were on hand to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Despite going a few rounds with the heat, it’s safe to say this bout resulted in a huge win for the kids!

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Vans x Metallica

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The legendary heavy metal band Metallica has collaborated with legendary skate shoe company Vans to create a signature collection inspired by the individual band members themselves.

From lead singer James Hetfield’s twist to the classic black hi-top to drummer Lars Ulrich’s snare drum diamond plate pattern on the classic laceless sneaker, this rockin’ collection is for the true Metallica and Vans fan at heart!

Check out the Vans x Metallica collection now!

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Iggy Pop x Vans

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The legendary rocker meets the legendary sneaker. The Iggy Pop collaboration Vans 106 Vulcanized shoe is much like the punk rock innovator himself—timelessly cool. It’s just the kind of sneaker you can wear to every concert, every dive bar, every day.  It’s just that classic.

The Iggy Pop Vans 106’s  black-on-black exterior evokes Iggy’s style from his early days with the Stooges circa 1968-1970. Brash, punk rock yet utterly timeless.

Get yours HERE before they’re all gone!