Skate shoes are designed specifically for skate boarding. They have a number of functions that are provided to improve the wearers skate boarding experience. Many companies that make skateboarding shoes have copyrighted specific elements they have made in their shoes so many features are very brand specific. It is important to purchase the right shoes when you are skating because they can not only increase your comfort they will aid you in performance and safety. Most different brands of shoes that are made for skating are designed to be extremely durable and long lasting. Although it appears simple, skateboarding involves plenty of talent to carry out even the most basic of tricks. While shoes will help your performance they will not make you a professional over night. As with any sport skating involves hard work and practice.
Wearing the correct shoes is vital in skate boarding as it is in every sport. Skate footwear need to be really flexible, extremely comfortable as well as extremely gripping. Professional skate footwear brands are designed specially with a wide, flat sole to make certain you get the best grip whilst riding your board. However, not all skate shoes are the same. While many have advanced characteristics that aid wearers in many ways, some are extremely basic. While basic shoes are used mostly for the skating appearance, many people think they are actually skate shoes. Using basic skate designed shoes can not only deter your performance but can also cause you sever injury.
Many skateboarders practice for hours on end day after day so it is important that they have shoes that fit well, are durable and extremely comfortable. Aching feet or blisters that are caused by repetitive rubbing or harsh contact should be eliminated by the skate shoes you purchase. Shoes designed for skating have numerous features that are designed specifically for the sport. Some of these features range from company to company and most have similar features that were designed for similar reasons.
The sole to every skate shoe is made from Vulcanized materials, but there is a difference in the methods of how the soles are attached to the shoe. Vulcanization is the process by which rubber molecules are heated and essentially melted to the rest of the shoe. This ensures elasticity and strengthens the shoe. Additionally there is another type of sole that is molded to fit the specific make of the shoe then it is glued to the bottom. This method may be more comfortable but does not provide the strength and durability that vulcanized soles provide. Each sole type has pro's and con's, so the best choice is purely the skaters preference. Vulcanized soles offer high durability, better 'board feel' due to a thinner layer of rubber on the very bottom, and sometimes more grip support, but, vulcanized soles can wear down faster because of the thin bottom. Cup soles tend to be more comfortable, and have more options with tread designs, and shapes. Cup soles also offer high durability as well. Cup soles are often bulky, and the glue can weaken while skating. The pro's and con's can change depending on the shoe style as well. We simply suggest trial and error. Try one style, then a different one the next time, and see which type you prefer.
Besides the special sole there are other features you can look for when you are purchasing you skate shoes.
-Air pockets in the heels
-Dynamic Grip Technology
-System G2 Cushioning
-Lace Loops that "hide" shoelaces
-Thermoplastic Toe Box Reinforcement
-EVA Mid Sole
-Fusion Grip Rubber Outsole
-Silicon Rubber makes shoes last longer