We picked the best skate shoes of for the season. Like any other skateboarding product, the best is really just a matter of opinion and experience. If you’ve used a skate shoe with good results, you like it. If you’ve used a skate shoe with poor results, you don’t like it. That much is obvious. These aren’t just good skate shoes, they are great skate shoes!
Anyways, there are about a thousand skate shoes out there and we’ve sorted through a good portion of them. While we’ve definitely left some killer ones off of this list, the handful below truly are fantastic. They are all long lasting, comfortable, and well padded. They breathe well and are stylish too.
Iconic Skateboarding Shoes
Vans Half Cab
The Vans Half Cab skate shoes have been my go to shoes for years now. The mid-tops are built with premium leather uppers and the famous Vans waffle soles with vulcanized construction. Their design has remained almost unchanged since Steve Caballero came out with them in 1991.
The Half Cab is an extremely durable shoe that has lasted me longer than any other shoes that I’ve tried. My most recent pair lasted for over two months of nearly daily skating (in the skateboarding world, that’s a long time). Better yet, they’re thickly padded without feeling bulky, and stick to a skateboard with ease. They look great and come in a number of cool colorways.
If you want a plain looking shoe that does a killer job, then look no farther than the Lakai Vincent skate shoe. With its vulcanized construction, suede upper, and EVA sockliner, the shoe is comfortable to skate and is extremely durable to boot.
I like these shoes because of how durable they are. Each and every piece of them lasts. The suede ollie area ensures that you won’t suffer any blowouts, the “sticky gum rubber” herringbone tread provides superior grip that doesn’t fade, and the rest of the shoe offers up good cushioning that doesn’t rip. Even the laces on the Lakai Vincent are beastly. It’s a skateboarding shoe through and through.
Nike SB Koston 2
I have never worn Nike SB’s until this summer. I’ve always been dismissive of the company because they are a ‘mainstream’ company and not a ‘skate’ company. While I still think my intentions were in the right place, there is no denying the fact that the Nike SB Koston 2 skate shoes are absolutely incredible.
I mean, c’mon, if these skateboarding shoes are good enough for Eric Koston (one of the best skateboarders of all time), then they’re good enough for you. They look very much the same as his last shoe, the Koston 1, but they have new upper panels and perforations on the sides which allow for increased airflow. A must in hot weather skating! They also feature super comfy cupsole construction. Another thing that I like is that they were designed to look sort of similar to an oxford dress shoe. The reasons for this are not only for style but also for durability: the laces are farther up on the shoe and tucked away so they don’t fray or rip as easily.
It’s hard to justify dishing out $90 plus for a skate shoe that might only last you a couple of weeks to a couple of months. But the Nike SB Koston 2 is a damn good skate shoe and I’d say go for it if you’re not super tight on the moolah.
Adidas Busenitz ADV
Another big name company that has gotten into the skateboarding industry as of late is Adidas. And there Adidas Busenitz ADV skate shoe is a prime example of a great skateboarding shoe.
The main thing that I like about Adidas skateboarding shoes is that they are stylish and in a way that other skate shoes aren’t. They almost have a sort of exercise or soccer flair to them. They’re thin, low-top, and extremely comfortable. I skated the Busenitz ADV (Advanced) in the winter and so they held up for four or so months (I wasn’t skating daily)
The shoe is made with a bonded one-piece upper that minimizes the amount of stitching needed and increases their life. The GEOFIT collar does its job well as it provides a stellar fit. Finally, the cup sole doesn’t give you as much board control as other skate shoes on this list but it does provide a hell of a lot of cushion – really, these things are super cushy and comfy for a thin, low-profile skate shoe.
So there you have it! Four of the best skate shoes on the market. Do you have experience with any of these shoes? Do you have any others to add to the list? Get at us in the comments below.
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