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Return of the Rubberized Toe Cap

Rubber Toe Cap Skate Shoes

Without a doubt, lately, you’d be hard pressed to look into a footwear catalog and not see at least one model featuring a rubberized toe cap. The majority of footwear brands are adapting to this trend. “Why?”, you may ask? Well for starters, besides offering a slight vintage look (Think PF Flyers and The Sandlot) the rubber toe cap significantly adds more life to your standard skate shoe.

In no particular order. Here are some of our favorite upcoming releases and a model we hope to see in the near future:

 

Huf Classic Lo

 

HUF Classic Lo 

What you see is what you get with this no thrills low top; vulcanized construction + minimal padding. Definitely a good look for anyone looking for superior board feel but can sacrifice a little support.

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Vans Happy Daze

 

Vans Happy Daze

Aesthetically, the Vans Happy Daze and Huf Classic Lo look a lot alike. However, the Happy Daze is not necessarily a cut and dried skate shoe. It caters more to day to day casual wear. With it’s removable, washable UltraCush Eco footbed, go ahead and pop them socks off because you will want to go sockless on your next night out on the town.

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Adidas Superstar

 

Adidas Superstar Re-Release

 

When I think of rubberized toe caps, personally, two shoes pop into my head: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star & the Adidas Superstar. The latter has recently been reissued in several limited color-ways to honor the skateboarders who wore them best (Kareem Campbell, Richard Angelides, Drake Jones, and Joey Bast).

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With that being said, I’d like to call attention to the fact that Elissa Steamer should be noted in this conversation. Just watch her part in Toy Machine’s “Welcome to Hell (1996)”. We would love to see “Steamer” written in gold foil by the three stripes! Elissa truly is a Superstar.

 

 

Check out some classic video parts that earned these guys pro model Adidas shoes…

Now let’s take a look into the future to see what’s coming down the line.

 

Nike SB Zoom All Court CK

For what seems like an eternity a lot of us have been wondering what shoe has the whimsical Cory Kennedy been running. Well, it’s the All Court and it’s about to drop this fall and here is a sneak peak for the ones dropping in November and December:

 

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Converse

It doesn’t take a sneaker expert to tell you that Converse is no stranger to rubberized toe caps. From the Jack Purcell to the Chuck Taylor the rubber toe cap is part and parcel to Converse’s image. This summer they will introduce a new style that mimics the more petite toe cap of the Huf Classic or Happy Daze. So if you were ever on the fence and need a shoe to test the rubber toe cap waters you are in luck. The Converse Sumner will be available in June!

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DC Evan Smith Pro?

This last style is pure speculation but everyone here is hoping this model comes to fruition.

Evan Smith has been spotted wearing a sample of a low top vulcanized DC shoe that features, you guessed it….a RUBBER TOE CAP.

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So with DC potentially creating a pro model with this rubberized toe cap, I think it’s safe to say that this re-emerging style is here to stay. It will be incredibly interesting to see what other brands adapt.

Adidas Presents Respect Your Roots Collection

Adidas Respect Your Roots

Adidas has just issued several special color ways of their iconic Superstar shell toe shoe for the people that rocked them best: Richard Angelides, Kareem Campbell, Drake Jones, and Joey Bast. To help commemorate the event we put together a short Instagram teaser showcasing what we think are the best tricks by them rocking the famed shell toe. Here are the videos in full from where we compiled the clips: Read More

This Week on the Web: February 6th, 2015

The internet never turns off, or sleeps, making it hard to catch all of those great skate videos coming out daily.  In an effort to curb your relentless search for that video somene told you about we’ve compiled some highlights from skateboarding on the web this week.

1.  Superstar 80’s By Gonz

If you skate, you love Mark Gonzalez, or “The Gonz.”  This dude is definitely old enough to be most of our fathers, but he still knows how to rip on that plank of wood.  He has found his home at Adidas, and this commercial features a retro shoe breing brought back to life by Mark Gonzales.  While this is technically a commercial for a shoe, the video also showcases a good bit of skate footage from the street skating god father himself.  Spoiler Alert: that boardslide off the ramp was nuts!

2.  Behind The French Fred Scenes Are Back On Thrasher Magazine

Fred Mortagne, more commonly known as French Fred, has been in the trenches and filmed some of skateboarding’s most iconic videos including Flip’s Sorry, and Es’ Menikmati.  In the last year or two he has slowly been releasing the raw and sometimes unseen clips from the time period in which he filmed those videos.  Fred’s releases on Thrasher Magazine have been dormant for a couple months, but this week have resurfaced featuring Arto Saari and Kerry Getz in in Barcelona.

3.  Postcard 3

The Magenta Skateboards movement has been on the rise the last couple of years, and for all the right reasons.  Hailing from France, these dudes have brought new light to the creativity and fun of skateboarding within a major city center.  This 9 minute video features some of the most recognizable Magenta heads while also highlighting most of the Bourdeaux scene.  Worth noting, there is a little over a minute of footage from a since deceased french spot in the mid 90’s, and it is dope.

4.  Chris Joslin Plan B-Roll

Highlighting videos of the week wouldn’t even count if Chris Joslin’s crazy ass was not included.  The first three videos have had an unconscious retro theme, but this one is a perfect showcase of where skateboarding stands today.  Chris Joslin is full speed ahead after a “Welcome To Etnies” part, and his break-out part in Plan B’s latest video True.  This footage is all of the stuff he stacked that somehow didn’t make the cut for True.  This guy is a footage machine that con’t be  stopped.  Sit back and hang on to your breeches, this is another wild one.

adidas Skateboarding Introduces Dennis Durant

Powerhouse Aussie skateboarder, Dennis Durant, recently sealed the deal with adidas Skateboarding securing a spot on the athletic brand’s International Skate Team. The announcement comes complete with a proper introduction part shot across the globe showcasing Durant’s confident style and technical precision.

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Yeah Dennis!

Mens Skate Shoes on Sale

Check out the top five skateboard shoes on sale right now at BuySkateShoes.com. These popular models give you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to performace and durability. Save more than 30% on these shoes from Nike SB, Emerica, Fallen, adidas, and DC Shoes now!

42% off!

Fallen Forte (Blk/Thunder)

This Fallen x Thunder Trucks collab is heavy duty, durable, and 42% off! It features a vulcanized outsole for great board feel and features an EVA insole to cushion hard landings.

$34.99

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The Emerica Liverpool (Grey/Gum)

There’s something about a vulcanized gum sole. They’re look clean, are mark free, and seem to have that little extra bit of grip.  Couple this with a seemless toe and timeless Emerica styling and you get this Emerica Liverpool. Priced right now at 31% off it’s hard to pass up.

$44.99

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 The Nike SB Blazer Mid LR (Khaki/Black-White) $54.99

There’s a reason the Nike SB Blazer is so popular amongst the Nike SB team. Originally designed as Nike’s first basketball shoe, it’s naturally supportive, durable, and made for impact. The Blazer Mid features a slightly shorter heel piece for mobility.

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Adidas Adi Ease (UniBlue/Run White) $44.99

Nestor Judkins edition of the adidas Adi Ease has a suede upper, vulcanized sole, and PU sockliner for added comfort.

 

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DC Cole Lite S (Battleship/White) $49.99

Chris Cole likes the look of his shoes like his skating, clean. The Street League frontrunner has matched the support of a cup sole shoe with the light, slim profile often associated with vulc soles. It’s the best of both worlds.

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adidas Skateboarding x Blood Wizard

adidas and Blood Wizard have teamed up to bring you the adi-Ease Blood Wizard shoe. This shoe is available at BuySkateShoes today.

*includes Wizard Packs with stickers, temporary tattoos, koozies and patches

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Where Will Mike Mo Go?

I’m really not 100% sure why this is getting as much hype as it is, but, as most people are already well aware, Mike Mo Capaldi will be leaving Lakai once his contract expires at year’s end.

There’s a whole lot of speculation out there as to where Mike Mo will land, but the conventional wisdom is that he will be heading to DC for a full footwear and apparel deal (which…leads to the assumption that he will be leaving Matix as well).

A really interesting article on the subject was posted on N-SB.org yesterday.  This article discusses the post-Fully Flared departures of Anthony Pappalardo (Converse), Cairo Foster (etnies), Alex Olson (Vans), Eric Koston (Nike SB), and Lucas Puig (adidas)…while describing Lakai as a sort of “development team”…where young talent gets on early, builds names for themselves, and later get lured away by lucrative contracts offered by the big brands.  This article suggests that this phenomenon will become a ongoing pattern for Lakai…especially given the “instant cool factor” that an association with Girl or Chocolate brings.

I guess…the real issue isn’t who rides for who and why, the real issue is the push and pull between the “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos and big, public brands that have broken into the skate market.

Personally, I’m not going to fight this fight.  Naturally, I would prefer that skateboarding stay true to it’s so-called “core” roots, but, as they say, “core is poor”…and why shouldn’t guys like Mike Mo take the money that’s put in front of them?  Similarly, why shouldn’t these big companies try to build their brands and expand out into skateboarding…particularly if they’re offering a product that skaters want?

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