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best skate shoes?

Discussion in 'General Electric Skateboard Chat' started by alfmetal, Feb 16, 2018.

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  1. alfmetal

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    any preference and why?

    i m using regular basketball tennis shoes and sometimes i feel like i need something with more grip but im clueless on what to get, i ve seen a lot of brands from Vans to Nike's , any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I looked into this recently and just bought a pair last week. I bought Nike SB Dunk High Gino's.

    I chose these for these reasons:

    a) They are a cupsole construction, not vulcanised. (cupsole has better cushioning and strength because they are not made with heat like vulcanised are) I did heaps of research on that so if you want to know more, pm me. Note that cupsole won't feel as comfortable in store as they need to be worn for a bit.

    b) They are high tops which protect your ankles in the event of an accident... worth it.

    c) Cooling, they are perforated leather and the air goes straight through them, so your feet won't get too hot.

    d) Price. I got mine at $120 AUD.

    e) Quality, they feel great. Made really well.

    Key think I would look for if I was you is cupsole construction.
     
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    Hey man thanks a lot, I like those sneakers, what color did you get?. I like the black and graphite blue.

    how's the grip by the way?
     
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    old faithful fox shoes still serve me well.

    was wearing these several years ago when i split my heel bone into 4 pieces and i still wear them today.

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    I wouldn't describe myself as an advanced skater... but i think the grip is excellent. They have a pivot point on the ball of your foot/shoe which alows you to twist your foot more easily. So that means if you like to push... it's a MUCH easier transition.

    Oh, and the Gino come in blue and black only I think.
     
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    i don't think that modern skate shoes designed for park and freestyle street necessarily translate well to Eboard riding, the riding style isn't the same and i don't think any of the benefits they offer will be of an advantage.
     
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    Surely they would be better than a shoe desgined for running... or a workboot? Skateshoes are still designed around cushioning, and safety (much harder to roll your ankle in a skateshoe as I discovery yesterday when I came off and my foot landed half on a curb, shoe rolled around my foot (not a high top) instead of leveraging my ankle into a roll like a running shoe would.

    What shoe would be better suited than a skateshoe in your opinion?
     
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    well obviously not runners or workboots but any old school shoe like a set of cons or adidas roams would be just fine.

    i recon these would work also lol

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    i forgot about the Fox brand. I'll check the local store and see what I find. thanks
     
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    yeah I think that's what I need. something to pivot better . I think the shoes I use are the complete opposite thus making it harder
     
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    Yeah. I find it makes a big difference. Worth it. Hard to find in a skate shoe. Most SB dunks have it.
     
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    DC Heathrows. They are super light and make you feel like a ninja!
     
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    I used to wear well-worn racquetball shoes because of the curved sides but I have found with electric boards I just need a pair of well-worn shoes. I still like the curved sides for my regular boards when I am jumping or doing kick turns and what not but the main thing is I want to feel the board with my feet as much as possible, while still having good grip and protection. With size 9.5 4E feet shoe options have always been pretty limited anyway. I am more like a weeble that wobbles…..
     
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    It all depends on what kind of riding you do. If you do lots of flip tricks then you want shoes that you will be able to feel your board through. Your typical skate shoes work fine in that case and most of them will do as long as you didn’t get them from Walmart. Just regular flat soled sneakers with very little arch support- and if they are suede or a thicker material it is better than canvas- since the grip tape (if you actually skate in skate shoes) rips right through non-durable material.
    I personally have been skating around in New Balance running shoes and before that I had some Scotts, then some Avias skate shoes which I’ve found are totally awesome for longboarding distances and just around town. Though you can’t feel the board as well as through skate shoes- they sure are comfy and the soles often are just as or more durable than skate shoes for foot-braking. If you do longboarding and specifically any kind of footbraking you never want to get the vulcanized shoes sold so often as the world’s best skate shoes- because those soles just eat right through and are the least durable and thick.

    Vans- though great BMX shoes that you can feel your foot petals through- in my mind still have very little place in skateboarding, particularly with all the canvas on the uppers they use- whether you longboard or skateboard. Just saying.
     
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    Vans are the best I have found. Tread pattern on sole stick like glue on deck of board.
     
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    As my gear doubles up for mountain biking I’ve been using Five Ten Freerider Pro MYB shoes, which are very grippy.
     
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    Thank you for all the tips and shoe types I appreciate it.
     
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