Great garments is not just a would, but a definitive should. The appropriate wear and gear can be necessary for a decent performance with the deck and are, depending on the style or abilities of the skater, an important part of all the hardware just as the board, the helmet and the wheels. As so, when we talk about the footwear we are not talking about a fancy pair of shoes to brag about, we talk of the adequate tool for the best execution of your skills. We’ll walk you through it.
That’s right, not mere sneakers, tennis or jogging shoes. Skateboarding shoes are a different species, they are made to fulfill a single born purpose: to be used with board. Although of course a skater’s talent doesn’t need a respective gear that magically makes him or her better, as great skaters cannot be undone even barefoot or wearing boots or plain shoes. The properties of a good skate shoe can however make a real difference. It depends on its materials and your style of skateboarding.
Vulcanized or Cupsole?
Skateboarding shoes can be vulcanized or cupsole. The first ones generically are designed to have a very flat rubber sole and a strip of rubber around the shoes bottom. This basically enhances flexibility; you could describe it as not wearing shoes at all, since feeling the superior part of the deck beneath your feet could be important to your performance, if you feel like it.
Cupsole shoes are made for resistance and endurance. Let’s say your style requires drops, falls and high impacts, it would then be wise to get cupsole shoes since they’re molded in rubber and are thicker at the bottom than that of the vulcanized ones; with these there’s a higher chance to keep them usable for a longer period of time.
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Depending on your style and the skills you want to practice, as well as the grip, hook and friction level you’re seeking as adequate with your hardware, both type of shoes should be found in your inventory as you progress further. Keep your feet dry and your laces tight!