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2014 Holiday Footprint

For those who were forced to miss out on the Back to School flavor because big momma spent all her money on coloring books, crayons, and lunch tickets, now you have an excuse to get your shine on.  The Holiday season is all about you and elevating your shoe game.

Below is a rundown of what’s poppin’ this holiday season so you can distance yourself from the food court flock and be the shot caller on your side of the cafeteria.  All coming soon to BuySkateShoes.com.  Skate Proper, Shop Proper.

 

1. Slip-Ons

Slip-ons are the new beard.  They’ve been around forever, but they’re really in style right now.  Sometimes you have to go back to the basics that have been right there in front of you the whole time.

Whether you’re pushing to the gas station on a beer run, picking up the essentials for mom’s award-winning meatloaf, avoiding those laces as you sprint to catch the school bus, or sneaking in to work just before Lumbergh finds out you’re late, slip-ons are not only convenient and advantageous, but straight gangster.  Most importantly, they look good and feel even better on a board.

Get in where you slip in:

Supra Cuba (Black/Tie Dye)

SUPRA Cuba (Black/Tie Dye)

Dekline CT Slip

Dekline CT Slip (Coffee/White Wax Suede/CVS)

Adidas Gonz Slip (St Fox Red/St Fox Orange/DGH Solid Grey)

Adidas Gonz Slip (St Fox Red/St Fox Orange/DGH Solid Grey)

Vans Slip On Pro (Black/White/Red)

Vans Slip-On Pro (Black/White/Red)

Lakai Owen (Black/White Suede)

Lakai Owen (Black/White Suede)

 

2. Colorways

Rich colors like Burgundy, Port Wine, Smoke Grey, Tobacco Brown, and Deep and Cool Navys to Earth Tones that transcend Fall, Holiday footwear always brings the sex appeal.  New holiday colorways not only add diversity to your layering pieces, your chinos and dark denim, and that jacket you’ve been recycling since 2010 (you’re not foolin’ anybody, playboy), but also give you the ability to change the game.  You’re going to be guaranteed to have that certain Jazzy Belle’s teeth sweatin’.

 

Adidas Stan Smith (Cardinal/Black/Gum5)

Adidas Stan Smith (Cardinal/Black/Gum5)

Adidas Adi-Ease – Skate (DGH Solid Grey/White/Black)

Adidas Adi-Ease – Skate (DGH Solid Grey/White/Black)

Lakai Griffin (Mustard)

Lakai Griffin (Mustard)

Lakai MJ (Oxblood Suede)

Lakai MJ (Oxblood Suede)

VANS Chima Pro (Medium Grey/Chrome)

Vans Chima Pro (Medium Grey/Chrome)

VANS ERA (Suede/Buck) Tobacco Brown

Vans Era (Suede/Buck/Tobacco Brown)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Obsidian/Summit White/Umber)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Obsidian/Summit White/Umber)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski (Sail/Light Ash Grey/Gum Light Brown/Black)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski (Sail/Light Ash Grey/Gum Light Brown/Black)

DEKLINE Bixby (Port/White Suede/CVS)

Dekline Bixby (Port/White Suede/CVS)

DEKLINE Mason (Navy/Gum Wax Suede/Wax CVS)

Dekline Mason (Navy/Gum Wax Suede/Wax CVS)

 

3. Soles

Skateboarding used to be about individualism.  That’s why I’m now having all of my tattoos removed (not really).  Black Suede, white soles.  Congratulations.  You did it.  Again.  And, again.  I want you to be someone different.  Stand out.  Get that double take you’ve been yearning for with a few these in your portfolio:

 

Reynolds Low Vulc (Black/Black)

Emerica Reynolds Low Vulc (Black/Black)

SUPRA Stacks II (Grey/Grey)

SUPRA Stacks II (Grey/Grey)

Adidas Busenitz Vulc (Bluebird/St Fox Orange/Gum 4)

Adidas Busenitz Vulc (Bluebird/St Fox Orange/Gum 4)

VANS Authentic (Black Sole) Sedona Sage

Vans Authentic (Black Sole) Sedona Sage

VANS ERA PRO (Alva) Rust/Gum

Vans Era Pro (Alva) Rust/Gum

Lakai Griffin (Grey/Black)

Lakai Griffin (Grey/Black)

Jaws (Mid Grey/Gum Suede)

Dekline Jaws (Mid Grey/Gum Suede)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 (Dark Raisin/Hyper grape/White)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 (Dark Raisin/Hyper grape/White)

 

4. Tech

If longevity and functionality are the most important attributes in your skate shoe, then this is where you need to be.  Maybe you hung your trucks up a long time ago and now find yourself oiling your joints, continually searching for the utmost comfort?  Or…just got broke off the hard way and need some stability and new found confidence.  Yeah, price points are higher, but…over time, your wallet and your body will love you more for it.  Less talk and more walk with these.

Fashion Police: You CANNOT wear tech shoes with slim fit jeans.  Not sexy.  And while I preach a sense of individualism in this trend report, don’t even think about it.  Stay hood rich and keep those pants below the waist.  Big ups to the half pints on adopting baggier pants these days.  You’ll grow up to be the man your parents wanted you to be.

 

Adidas Seeley Cup (Grey/Black/Gum4)

Adidas Seeley Cup (Grey/Black/Gum4)

Adidas ZX Vulc (St Fox Orange/White/Collegiate Navy)

Adidas ZX Vulc (St Fox Orange/White/Collegiate Navy)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 Shield (Black/Medium Grey/Hyper Crimson/Reflect Silver)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 Shield (Black/Medium Grey/Hyper Crimson/Reflect Silver)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez CTD (Cool Grey/Black/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez CTD (Cool Grey/Black/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Anthracite/Summit White/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Anthracite/Summit White/Dusty Cactus)

 

5. Lifestyle

Lifestyle is defined as “the way in which a person or group lives.”  To me, skateboarding isn’t just the act of skateboarding, but a culture in and of itself.  It’s about going against the grain and being somewhat unconventional in thoughts, ideals, and behavior.  I’ll even take it a step further…fashion.  What we wear is a symbol or expression of oneself.  Are you being forced to go to your best friend’s wedding despite hating his future ex-wife?  Having to conform to a dress code at your job with all of the other paper pushers?  Or, maybe, you finally figured out that the tenderonis don’t get down with the bros who have holes in their shoes?  Compartmentalize and keep it super gourmet with a few of these.  First impressions go a long way…and so does staying true to who you are.

 

Emerica Troubadour

Emerica Troubadour

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 MAX (Volt/Dusty Cactus/Black)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 MAX (Volt/Dusty Cactus/Black)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 Premium (Team Red/Light Ash grey/Team Red)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 Premium (Team Red/Light Ash grey/Team Red)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski MAX L (Cool grey/White/Black)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L (Cool Grey/White/Black)

Vans ERA 59 (C&L) Khaki/Camo

Vans Era 59 (C&L) Khaki/Camo

Vans ERA 59 (C&L) Total Eclipse/Camo

Vans Era 59 (C&L) Total Eclipse/Camo

Vans Classic Slip-On (Vintage) Fig #VN-0XG8F1M

Vans Classic Slip-On (Vintage) Fig #VN-0XG8F1M

 

Let’s get you laced up.

 

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5 Contest DON’Ts

After having entered and judged a countless number of contests, I have compiled a small list of some of the most looked down upon tricks that could cost you that spot on the podium.

1.  Pressure Flips

They died out in the 90s for a reason.  Unless you are Nate Sherwood, you need to give these things a rest.  Actually, even he needs to forget how to do them.

 

2.  “Fatty to Flattys”

Fatty to Flatty

Fatty to Flatty

See that ramp that everyone else is landing in?  It was put there for a reason.  We get it, you are just too cool for that other ramp.

 

3.  Pop Shuv-It Tailgrabs

Real flip tricks aren’t your thing?  That’s totally cool, but don’t go flinging your board around, grabbing it and putting it back under your feet thinking you can get away with it.  Learn real tricks.

 

4.  Benihanas

Benihana

Benihana

“They look so cool,” said the longboarders and scooter kids standing around.  Contrary to their belief, they don’t look that cool.  The benihana falls under the “circus trick” umbrella.   There is even an Instagram account dedicated to showcasing the atrocity that is the benihana.

 

5.  Fly-Outs

Fly Out

Fly-Out

While the rest of this list can be argued over, no one likes fly-outs.  These are the red-headed stepchildren of the “Fatty to Flatty.”  We’ve all been snaked by that one person who just wants to see how many decks he can air over coming out of the bowl onto flat.  Give it up kids, land back in that tranny!

 

These words may sound harsh, but we are just trying to help!  Remove these tricks form your contest run arsenal, and you will thank us later.

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“Crusty By Nature” – Wes Kremer

Wes Kremer

Um…you should probably stop what you are doing and enjoy this little edit that DC Shoes did for Wes.  BEAST MODE.

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Timeless Skateboard Graphics

GONZ – Any Mark Gonzales skate board graphic over the years. His own art helped inspired countless kids to pick up paint pens and draw it their way. If you don’t like what they are doing, do it yourself. Gonz showed kids that this is possible and started a whole new trend of pro’s drawing their own graphics. Complete inspiration.

Gonzales Series

 

 

Series Decks- It was so awesome when companies did series graphics. You could not wait to see what the next one was going to be. Just like your favorite comic book or band, you could not wait for the new issue or album to drop… We all have our favorites within the series but as a whole they tell a great story. John Lucero and Rob Roskopp had some of the best most anticipated ones of all time.

Lucero Series 2

Lucero Series 1

 

Roskopp Series

 

Controversial Decks- Skateboarding has always lived outside of the main stream. Never scared to tackle any issue, no topic is ever too controversial as seen in these decks. Push the limits and making parents crazy in the process. The funny thing is, these are the most sought after cherished decks out. You can always remember where you were and what you were doing the first time you saw one of these in person. Instant time warp.

Natas1

 

Natas

 

Hard to find decks

 

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Dekline Mason Review

BEFORE

I picked up a pair of Dekline Mason’s and took them out for a full days worth of skating.  I tried to hit all the major food groups of skate spots; ledges, gaps and handrails with the exception of tranny (which I suck at).  The Mason is a very simplistic skate shoe, no futuristic bells and whistles involved.  Very thin around the collar and tongue, giving the shoe a more sock like feel as opposed to the bulkier, more padded shoes.  Despite being thin in just about every area, there is actually a great deal of support for the bottom of your feet built in to these bad boys.  Their minimalistic construction makes them very versatile, for instance, when skating ledges the shoes feel more like an extension of your foot providing you with great flick and control.  I may not have gone all Jaws with these things and jumped off the roof of a building, but I did do some jumping here and there and was very pleased with the amount impact these things are designed to handle.  I’m no stranger to bailing which usually results in some pretty annoying foot pain, but I was definitely surprised by the lack of pain I felt when hitting the eject button.  Handrails, similar to gaps, also are known for bringing your feet some much unwated discomfort.  When skating a handrail in the Mason’s, I was able to get the best of both worlds out of the shoe, lots of boardfeel to give you some confidence in your pop and good support to keep the pain of bailing out of your mind.  Another bonus point is the fact that after a whole day, there really wasn’t a whole lot of wear on the shoe.  I had probably done roughly 50 kickflips and other various flip tricks and pushed around the city for a solid 5-6 hours before calling it a day resulting in a couple faint marks on the toe and ankle area and one ripped lace.  The grip of the shoe and its sole were a bit hard to get used to at first (missed the flick on the first 3 or 4 kickflips), but nothing out of the ordinary when skating new shoes.  I’m backin’ this shoe pretty hard.  Overall, I’d rate the shoe an 8 out of 10.  Thumbs up Dekline!

AFTER SKATING

Checkout out the rest of Dekline’s awesome shoe line here!

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How To Fix A Crack

How To Fix A Crack

 

Every skateboarder, at one time in their life, has come across a crack while trying a trick (no, not this crack).  Some cracks are small and manageable, while others are large and a complete road block to anything you might be trying.  It is every skateboarders worst nightmare to find the spot of your dreams only for it to be completely ruined by some debilitating crack.  There are ways to combat these ruthless cracks, though.  At some of the more popular spots in your area you may have seen some funny little pink lines running through those cracks making them that much more bearable.  Here is a little insight from us here at BuySkateShoes.com on how to create those pretty pink crack killers.

 

First things first, you are going to need to find a spot that you deem worthy of spending money to make skate-able. To get the best results, make sure that the two slabs of concrete, separated by that degenerate crack, are level with each other so that when you do fill the crack, it will be flush. Giving the crack a thorough cleaning is very important because it will help the Bondo settle into the concrete instead of sticking to the possible twigs, pebbles and pine needles that’s probably occupying your crack.

 

Crack In Sidewalk

Crack In Sidewalk

What You Will Need

  1. Duct Tape, Painter’s tape or anything similar
  2. Can of Bondo
  3. A paint stick or any kind of stick to mix the Bondo
  4. An old forgotten card you no longer care about hidden deep in your wallet

 

How To Fix A Crack

Supplies For Fixing A Crack

The next step would be to identify your intended area by surrounding it with tape. Personally, I like to tape off an area of about half an inch to a full inch on either side of the crack. From experience I have found that Duct tape and painter’s tape work the best. Just like painting a room or car, taping off the area in which you intend to fix will make for a cleaner crack fill. Remember, the least amount of Bondo used, the better. This stuff dries pretty quickly, so try your hardest not to get any of the Bondo outside of your taped-off area.

 

Tape Around Crack

Tape Off The Area Around Your Crack

Now that you have identified the crack, cleaned it out and taped it off, it is time to start mixing the Bondo with the tube of hardener. You can make this crack killing concoction using the little bowl that comes attached to the top your can of Bondo. You will notice that you have an entire large can of Bondo and only a small tube of hardener. This is because you will not need to use a lot of hardener. Pour your desired amount of Bondo into the bowl and then squeeze out roughly a tenth of that amount of hardener (see photo). Begin mixing the two with your paint stick, or the twig you found in the grass, until it is a nice pink color.

 

 

Once your mixture is ready, it is time to pour. Again, make sure that you are not dripping or smeering the bondo outside of your strategically placed tape, this could result in lumps of dried Bondo surrounding your crack.

 

 

Once you have that pretty pink goo poured, bust out that old dusty card in your wallet that you don’t care about. Use the card to spread the Bondo across the crack evenly. Make sure you properly dispose of the excess Bondo that will accumulate on the card. It would truly be a shame to spend all your lunch money on fixing this crack only to have little lumps and bumps of dried Bondo lying around to mess you up.

 

 

When you are done spreading and smoothing everything out, wait roughly 5 minutes for everything to settle. After the 5 minutes, you are safe to go ahead and remove your tape. In 20-30 minutes your crack will be ready to handle the abuse of your skateboard and you’ll be able to put the finishing touches on that sponsor-me tape.

 

Leave as little evidence of your job as possible. If your spot is a bust and your Bondo job looks pretty amateur, the business owner might even goes as far as to remove the Bondo from the crack to keep people from skating there. By making your Bondo job look as professional as possible you run a lower risk of having people remove your Bondo job.

 

Crack Filled

Final Product

 

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The SPoT Crew hits Atlanta with Travis Glover and Stevie Williams

The SPoT crew recently came through our hometown for the Damn Am South and decided the opportunity was ripe to hit the streets of ATL with renowned local, Travis Glover. Check it out as the crew hits some famed Atlanta spots before making their way over to Kayo Corp hideout, Da Playground.

Travis Glover muggin'

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