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The Platypus Guide To Buying Skate Kicks
Skateboarding and its culture have seamlessly entered our lives once again, and in a big way. From the birth of skateboarding in the 50’s to the production of the first Urethane skateboarding wheel in the 70’s, the essence of skate fashion continues to grow and develop with some of the leading brands across the world.
Whether that be coming from the iconic Vans, or later introduced sport giants such as Nike SB, the image of the skate shoe and how it is developed continues to advance in a way we have never experienced before.
The design of the skate shoe has advanced over the years to enhance the durability, comfort and overall board feel for the user. Vulcanised construction fuses the outsole to the upper for a more broken in feel, meaning you can chuck on your new pair and be confident they will feel great from the get-go.
The use of suede uppers can also be seen as one of the biggest developments of all time, as this adds an extreme amount of durability to the shoe - whilst maintaining flexibility. In addition, most modern skate shoes take a great amount of care when it comes to their in-soles (as expected if you are launching yourself down a set of stairs!). This is great for the casual wearer as the support of a premium insole is still prevalent!
If you’re in the market for buying a pair – whether you’re a skateboarding veteran, just starting out, or even just a big fan of the culture – we’ve selected some of our favourite board-friendly styles below.
Vans are one of the most – if not the most – influential skate shoes of all time, and the SK8-Hi model is no exception. Since being introduced during the early 70’s, this style has remained a true, trusted classic among both skaters and the general public whilst we enter another phase of retro hysteria. With extra-padded ankle support and a combination of canvas and suede, this shoe is both sustainable and supportive – whilst being super retro but contemporary at the same time. This style can be seen in Women’s, Men’s and Kids so it’s currently a staple for all!
NIKE SB ZOOM JANOSKI
In 2009, something big happened. In conjunction with professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski, Nike designed one of the most practical skate shoes for skateboarding and daily use which is still heavily sought after today. With its simple yet elegant design, the Janoski has become a timeless classic within the modern era of skateboarding. With the construction displaying a durable suede body, vulcanised sole and the Zoom air unit (within the sock liner) for responsive cushioning – this is one of the best all-round skate shoes in the current market.
GLOBE - SURPLUS
The Globe brand has been such an influence on the development of skateboarding since the early 80’s where it was originally founded in Australia – it’s pretty much a household name. Countless designs have remained true over the years proving durability and board feel is key – enter the Globe Surplus. The Surplus features a vulcanised sole, Shockbed insole for enhanced comfort and a reinforced rubber toe for protection (give that flick some backup!). With a construction made from both suede and canvas, the Surplus remains sustainable yet flexible maintaining the perfect level of practicality.
There’s even more colours and styles on our Skate Style sneakers page. See you on the (kick)flip-side!