You drop into a 10 foot half pipe, hit the lip of the other side, grind the rail, and kick flip it into the pipe again. You land it and ollie over the grom in the center looking for his footing as he falls, and land on the vert ramp as you fakie the lip and your run is done. Now, for those that don’t know what all that meant, it was a basic ramp trick that all skaters know and do, except for the part where they jumped over the “grom”(a person who doesn’t know how to skate very well), you need to have shoes that can keep up with all of this. Also, keep in mind this is one trick that took 1 minute. On average a person will be in a skate park for hours.
Whether you’re going out to buy skate shoes for yourself, your friend, or your children, there are specific things you need to look for. You can’t buy a skater a show that has laces or anything else for that matter, hanging down ready to get into the wheels and ball bearings. This is immediate pain as they fall because they just ran over a lace or a strap that got wrapped around a wheel when they were in the air.
A skateboarding shoe also has to have some sort of grip on the bottom. A criss cross or waffle pattern have the best grip on them. These patterns allow the skaters to get grip in all directions, so there’s less of likelihood for the boarder to lose grip on the board. The most important thing for a boarder is to stay on the board. no matter what you’re doing, from riding the board, flying on the board, or just riding down a ramp; you have to stay on the board.
Finally there needs to be a reinforced section on the outside toes where the pinky toe is. There’s a skate move called the ollie, which is the main move for most of your modern tricks, where the skater pulls his foot across the grip tape on the board. If this part is not reinforced, then the shoes will rip up too quickly in that one section and will become trash before you know it.
So where does one go to find these shoes? You can try the tried and true skater shoe manufactures. These manufactures are the famous Vans Corp and the Airwalk Corp. These guys have been making skater shoes for decades, and they just keep getting better. Another great place to find skater shoes is to just open a skating magazine. The skating magazines are very picky where they get their advertisers, and skaters are the first to let you know that the product you advertised or sold them didn’t work.
In the end, get a pair of shoes that won’t fall apart in the first couple of sessions. you might pay an extra couple of bucks for a good pair of shoes, but the skater will be safe and love you for them. how much is a good price? Good Question. a decent price for a skater shoe is about $50. If you pay much more, they better help improve the skating. stay away from shoes that are over $80, you’re just getting ripped off.