Skateboard shoes have come a long way since their inception in the 1970s, but there is no question that they were made specifically for the sport upon their conception. They’re generally manufactured in a variety of different thicknesses ranging in size from 1/16th to 1/4th inches depending on how much flexibility and support you want your shoe to provide while skating. Most skateboard shoes provide enough room inside so that your foot isn’t mashed up against the side of the board when you practice ollies or other manoeuvres requiring this type of action, but not so much room that it’s uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time.
Tips To Buy Skateboard Shoes
If you are a skateboarder, you know how important it is to have skateboard shoes that are right for your feet. Skateboarding requires quick manoeuvres, comfortability and overall support. Your new skateboard shoes are the only constant connection between you and your board. If you’re new to skating or just want to get new gear for this season, here are some things you should consider when buying shoes:
● 10mm Shoe vs. 14mm Shoes
Skateboarding in general has changed in what it takes to be supported by the skateboard shoe itself. Earlier versions of skateboards required more stability in the foot, which is why you saw most skaters in bulky boots or chunky shoes (which were also heavy). Now with the advance of injection moulded decks and aluminium extrusions, boards are becoming lighter every year. With the new technology in skateboard hardware, skaters began to rely more on their shoes for support rather than their board. Skate footwear can now be used with all types of skateboarding gear, whether it is street skating or vert ramp. One thing that you will need to consider when getting shoes is what size do I need? A good rule of thumb is to get about one inch shorter from your foot. If you wear a size ten shoe then get a nine-inch shoe. This should provide you with enough room to feel comfortable while skating around.
● Board Feel vs. Street Feel
When buying skateboard shoes, another important factor that you will need to consider is what type of feel you want. Skateboarding shoes come in two main styles:
– Board/Comfort Feel refers to a shoe that has more cushion for the push on the board and a little less grip on the sole. You can easily slide on a skateboard or do tricks with this type of shoe.
– Street Feel is mainly used for street skating which typically requires your feet to be planted more on the boards as many tricks are done standing still or sliding instead of doing ollies and kickflips. These types of shoes tend to have a sticky rubber sole which provides better traction when doing tricks such as heelflips, pressure flips, etc.
These are all things to consider when buying your new shoes. Always remember that the most important thing is to feel comfortable while skating, no matter what type of skateboarding you are doing.