What makes skate shoes different?
Skate shoes are designed to meet the needs of skateboarders, specifically for grip and durability. Traction between shoe and board is essential for maintaining control and is achieved with a minimal tread and wide sole, with materials chosen to handle the wear and tear of hours of practice.
A fusion of functionality and style is what makes a skate shoe a skate shoe. A perfect shoe is crafted to provide protection and handle stress when it is pushed to the limit. A flat sole with arch support allows riders to maintain command of the deck during the most demanding tricks. Reinforced toe caps and padded heels can provide extra protection for your feet while the rubber sole adds cushioning for comfort, an ideal combination demonstrated in the Vans Chima Pro 2 shoes and the Rowan Pros.
What material is best for skate shoes?
The materials used to make a skate shoe are chosen based on functionality, endurance and style. Skate shoes can be made from leather or canvas. Suede is best for toughness and durability, while canvas provides a lightweight, breathable option.