So, it turns out skate shoes are pretty uncomfortable and have zero support when riding a mountainboard with heel straps. As I don’t wanna come out of my board I’m looking for a better fitting boot or high top skate shoe that gives a little more by way of comfort but more importantly support around the heel and ankle. I actually tried on my snowboard boots but they’re waaaaaay too bulky (and I looked like a tool!) so I was thinking that either a high top skate shoe or something similar would work? Something like these DC Spartans…
Or maybe something a bit more snug fitting like the Vans SK8-HI Pro?
Any recommendations from the veteran riders here? @trampa what do you rock when you’re shredding the landscape?
That’s exactly what I thought when I saw them first but I didn’t want to spend the double amount for the new 2018 Batman shoes in black with black logo Also I’ll wear them for riding only and in the dirt the Batman logo will hopefully fade away…
I agree with Frank! Hiking boots are a great option. Vibram rubber is a magical sole material. One thing that always pains me about skate shoes is that they are often built cheaply and the design isn’t really great for support and stability. I got size 13W feet so I wear New Balance shoes most of the time for support and torsional stability. When I put on Vans it feels like there’s nothing there. I love the classic styles, but my feet have different ideas. Here’s a good source for deep discount premium brands with good return policy. This da good shit…https://www.sierratradingpost.com/mens-boots~d~137/sizefamily~shoe%20size!13/
Personally I only like the board feel of vulcanized soles normally by Adidas or Vans in a pinch, but here is the thing: you have to get the pro models (developed with pro skater input).The regular cheaper offerings are shit and fall apart, they are for wearing to the mall.
I also like king foam aftermarket in-soles.
If you want support/cushioning at the expense of board feel go the cupsoles.
I ride my longboards a lot so i’m biased towards what works best for me there.
So beefy pro model vulcanized skate shoes with king foam in-soles for the W
Sick boots bro! Lol. Actually, the color scheme is kinda cool. If were in your boots, I’d slap a Trampa sticker over one Batman logo and an MBS sticker over the other, change the “B” to “E” in BATMAN, add Sharpie punctuation, and become E-A.T.MAN (Electric All Terrain MAN).
I mean, you do become a borderline cyborg when you strap a lightning powered dirt murdering stick to your adult kids boots.
Yeah I went with the Sk8-Hi in the end. Beautiful with and without bindings. With bindings you can’t feel the heelstraps rubbing your achilies but you still have enough feeling that you can feel when you’re edging.