My first impression of the new Riley Hawk pro model shoe from Lakai was that it looked very similar to the Lakai Owen, except it had an upper that included laces. The shape of the toe is almost exactly like the Owen. The Riley includes an added toe bumper that the Owen doesn’t have though. When you first put the shoe on you notice that it is a bit stiff. The reason behind that is because the back of the shoe around the heel is made of a tough canvas. Depending on how your feet fit in ther shoe this could cause discomfort for the first day or so. The LUX-LITE insole provides a decent bit of cushion and support. The shape of the toe is a bit wider than I’m used to, but I don’t think it will have a negative effect at all.
One Week Of Skating
After a week of skating in the Riley’s, the break in process was finally over. The bulked up sole and added toe bumper are great for making the shoe last longer, but the downfall is that it takes longer to break them in. The insoles are holding up strong and have yet to pack down from taking impact. The only major wear area is around the collar of the shoe. The stitching ripped in the first couple of days and the foam padding around the collar is now exposed. The laces that come with the shoe are thin, and the first one ripped pretty easily. Once these shoes are broken in they start to skate very well.
Three Weeks Of Skating
After another week there really isn’t a huge difference in wear. The most obvious area for concern is the collar and the lacing area. At this point I had ripped all the laces, and the collar began to fall apart more. An easy fix to all this would be to put a new lace in. These issues did not affect the way the shoe skated though. To be completely honest I was not a fan of this shoe at first, but the more I skated the shoe the more I began to like it. This is the kind of shoe that gets better with time. Pack a couple extra laces and these bad boys are good to go. It has been three weeks and the Riley’s have more life left in them. If I were to rate the shoe, I would give the Riley Hawk’s first pro model a 7 out of 10.
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!
Dekline Mason After Skating
Close Up On The Toe
Sole After Skating
View From The Back
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So let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than being out skateboarding and breaking a board. It always seems to happen on those perfect days; blue skies, good vibes, and even better spots, when disaster strikes. As a seasoned skateboarder, I typically keep a spare deck in my car for myself or a friend in need, but I always fall victim to the “no-skate-tool blues”. This means one of two things; either I don’t have a skate tool on-hand or have a skate tool minus a screw driver (I’m looking at you Unit Skate Tools).
Recently I was stoked to be given the opportunity to test out the new Leatherman Grind Skate Tool. Generally I am always be skeptical of any outsider companies entering the skateboard arena; however, the Leatherman brand is synonymous with quality craftsmanship. I knew their product would probably be awesome.
The Grind Skate Tool doesn’t disappoint and it features eight tools; a Grip Tape File, 9/16” Open End Wrench, Bottle Opener, Truck Key, ¼” Hex Bit Driver, ½” Open End Wrench, 3/8” Open End Wrench, and a #1-2 Flat/Phillips Screwdriver. These eight tools are divided into two separate pieces, which snap together to make one compact tool. This bad boy weighs in at a little under two ounces and is a hair longer than a credit card, so it’s not bad skating with it in your pocket.
After using it for an entire day, my only complaint is the #1-2 flat/Phillips screwdriver tends to slip if your mounting hardware is slightly worn out, so turn slowly and you’ll be fine. Other than that this tool is essentially flawless and should last for forever. Hell, it’s back by a 25 year guarantee. So whether you are setting up a new board or looking to open a road soda, Leatherman has got you covered with the Grind Skate Tool.
We consider our customers the lifeblood of our operation, and every so often we ship to people who stand out. On this occasion, author, poet, and BuySkateShoes customer, Ryan Buynak, sent us a pleasant surprise in the form of original literature. I’m usually not one for poetry, but Buynak has a way of appealing to “people who don’t know sh*t about poetry”. We’ve been passing it around the office for about a week now and have enjoyed his random acts of poetry. Here’s a relavent excerpt from Buynak’s “Yo Quiero Mas Sangre.”
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Stance Half Tone Socks (White) – I love these classic tube socks because they’re an oxy-moron: they match but don’t match at the same time. Unofficial Fruit Stripe Gum collab? We’ll keep dreaming…
Stance Half Commando Pack (Black) – $14.99 Three Pair –These half-mast socks are a staple for your summer wardrobe. Rock them with shorts and get rid of that farmers tan quick. The elastic arch support keeps them from sliding around like those cheap, easily stretched-out versions found at department stores.
Maytal Socks (Rasta) – $9.99 (pair) – These tubes throw a conservative hue to the classic rasta colorway. These are on my feet right now. That’s why i’m walking around with no shoes in the office today…
Behold my favorite socks of all-time, the Stance “Sun God” sock. The reason I have such a fascination with this image is because it’s also on the cover of my favorite record of all time: Bob Jame’s first album One. Bob James has been sampled thousands of times by hip-hop artists, most notably for Jay-Z’s “Dig a Hole” track off Kingdom Come.
BuySkateShoes.com team rider JayJay Patterson received a pair of DC Chris Cole S skate shoes for review. DC Shoes wanted to get these into there shops hands before the official product release in July. Our boy JayJay was filmed in the BuySkateShoes.com mini-park. Greg Brashear gets the all the film/edit & final cut credits. Let’s check out what Jay Jay had to say about the DC Chris Cole S.
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