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!
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