Fallen Capitol review

Fallen Capitol results for weeks 1 to 4 from top to bottom.

This year has been an awaking of sorts for select shoe brands. After carefully thinking about this year, we’ve realized that those pros who have stayed loyal to the game but underground at the same time are finally getting the recognition they deserve. We’re talking about the likes of Joey Pepper & Jack Curtin more specifically. People have been waiting for both of them to get a shoe for some time now & thankfully they are. Each of these guys have fallen into that category of “Why the fuck isn’t he getting a shoe?”.

We’re looking to skate the HUF Pepper in the future but for now we’d like to concentrate on Jack Curtin’s pro model, the Capitol. We got the chance to try out the Capitol from Fallen footwear & it surprised us more than we expected. With any vulcanized shoe, you have your premonitions about it and sort of set yourself up for disappointment because of it’s expected short life span. We’re so glad this wasn’t the case with Jack’s shoe. Throughout the review, you’ll hear us reference the Capitol as a “superior vulcanized model” and by the end of it you won’t even think about arguing with that statement. For such a thin shoe, it delivered some huge results.

Review information:
The review was done using our month long format and the shoe was skated for a total of 20 hours. Check below after each section to view the grading & summary. We base our ratings from 1-10. 10 being the best and 1 being the absolute worst. Enjoy.

As we stated in the first glance of the Capitol, it’s probably best to get a half size smaller than what you’d normally get. With the Capitol, you’re getting a shoe that’s so thin on the inside, that you’ll have enough comfort space with a half size smaller. Seeing as how it’s a thin model, your foot will just fit in perfectly without feeling any pressure whatsoever. It’ll feel centered and even more protected with the feeling of the sockliner surrounding your foot at all times.

Short Answer: Get a Half Size Smaller.

Comfort, Cushion & Support
Again, with the Capitol being as thin as it is, it was incredible for comfort purposes. Such a easy shoe to just slip on without having to tie the laces overtime. We’re currently reviewing another shoe at the moment and we have to re-lace our shoes everytime just to get it on our feet. To say the least, we’re missing that “slip on and go” element from the Capitol. The best comfort spec that the Capitol has to offer must be the neoprene sockliner; it’s really remarkable. As Jack told us in his interview, he wanted that happy medium of slipping on your shoe while having that snug & secure feeling. It’s what he wanted and it absolutely transferred over into the finish product of today.

The cushioning aspect of the Capitol is an unexpected one. For such a thin shoe, it actually finds a way to thoroughly surround your foot with a good amount of cushioning. Aside from keeping your foot snug & centered, the neoprene sockliner is thicker than any other conventional design we’ve seen before. You’ll find some simple cushioning around the collar of the shoe but the neoprene sockliner makes up the difference and surrounds your ankle & heel area with even more cushioning. Once you unintentionally have your board fly back on you & hit your heel area, you’ll realize that bit of padding really helps.

The support values of the Capitol are slim but there nonetheless. You can expect a really thin eva insole but that will all change within the next season. Fallen is actually introducing a great structure of insoles in their next season and we can’t wait for the Capitol to have it. For the review, we did swap out the eva for a slightly thicker Remind insole after the second week of review. It gave us the same performance values that we wanted and diminished any thoughts of sore feet the next day. If you have the Capitol now or plan on getting the newest colorways, feel free to swap out the insole for something that fits your needs. We did and the Capitol adjusted without any trouble. If you’re a little lighter on your feet, the eva insole might work wonders for you. We’re sure that as soon as Fallen comes out with their new line of insoles, no swapping will be needed when skating the Capitol.

Comfort grading: 9 – Built to be a chill shoe, the Capitol delivered more than it intended & gave us a really good skate shoe.
Cushioning grading: 6 This shoe was made from a minimalists point of view. If you’re confident in your ability to skate, you won’t get hurt in these. It contributes more than you’d think with the neoprene sockliner too.

Fallen Capitol results for weeks 1 to 4 from left to right.

Boardfeel & Grip:
You should really be looking forward to these two elements if you’re looking to try the Capitol. Fallen footwear has changed up most of their technology and it’s actually starting to show through. The boardfeel is what you’d expect from this superior vulcanized model. The grip on the other hand is the surprise of this review. Although, it is still your average herringbone outsole, the tread marks are significantly deeper. This small but strong change improves performance & protection all at the same time.

With the addition of deeper tread marks, comes the change in grip & how it performs.
After 4 weeks of skating, the outsole showed no signs of wear & held up better than we expected. Consumers have been asking for this small change from brands for years and we’re ecstatic that Fallen is willing to listen. With deeper tread marks, the shoe is not only elevated to a stronger performance level but also keeps us intrigue as to what else Fallen is coming up with in the near future.

Boardfeel grading: 10 – Don’t fear a loss of tricks in these. They’re thin enough to feel your board with comfort but not every pebble on the ground. Perfect balance.
Grip grading: 10 – With a strong & durable outsole, the grip never gave and stayed around for 20 hours. We wonder how much longer it could last…  

Fallen Capitol results for weeks 1 to 4 from top to bottom.

You can quote us on calling the Capitol a “superior vulcanized model“. For this review, we specifically attacked the left foot only and skated on it the whole entire 20 hours. Aside from being poor at switch, this helped us bring to light Fallen’s new dedication to performance & new technology.

The toe piece held up without the help of any plastic insert or any reinforcement of any kind. With that said, it’s fucking amazing that we didn’t just bust through the shoe after skating it for 20 hours. Even more remarkable is how consistent the shoe was. At no point did it decide to warp or transform from 20 hours of skating.

Suede durability grading: 10 – We know that Fallen started to play around with different suedes and oils but they really outdid themselves on this one. They must be studying different types of suedes night and day. It had such a smooth flick and came off of the board perfectly every time without ever tearing through.
Sole durability grading: 8 – Even for a soft rubber sole, the grip never gouged or penetrated the sole aggressively like we expected it to.
Outsole durability grading: 10 – We’re used to seeing at least a small fade in the outsole right around the 4th week of review and these didn’t give. Whoever made these tread marks deeper & stronger, good shit!

Initially, we had our doubts about the neoprene sockliner but after skating it, we’d love to see more of it. Aside from keeping our foot in the shoe, the sockliner can adjust to all climates. Whether you’re freezing on the east coast or warm in the west coast, it’ll adapt to your needs. Now that it’s colder here on the east coast, that sockliner is keeping our feet warm. That alone makes the Capitol the only vulc shoe we’ll be skating this fall/winter season.

If all of this information wasn’t good enough to convince you to pick up the Capitol, let us sum up our actual experience skating it. We had an amazing time with the Capitol. It’s a shoe that out of the box skated perfectly & granted, that’s to be expected but this shoe is actually different from most on the market today. In all honestly, we probably had a bigger ratio of landing tricks rather than bailing like we’re used to because of how easy the shoe conformed to our skating. Landing more tricks kept us happy, confident and consistent. If you’re looking for all those things & more, we’d highly recommend getting the Capitol.

Thanks to everyone who help put this review together including Kelly, Nick P. and the crew over at Fallen. Special shoutout to Jack Curtin for putting together an amazing shoe.

If you can’t find these at your local skate shop, you know the next best thing. Go directly to Jack’s page over at Brick Harbor and find these super quick before they are all gone. Remember, get a half size smaller than what you’d normally get!


  1. connell

    January 10, 2013 3:07am

    you said to get a half size smaller because theyre thin but i wear a 11 in janoskis and thats my usual size so since those are thin too should i get an 11 in these?

    • Ripped Laces

      January 10, 2013 4:04am

      Nah, the Capitol’s are a different kind of thin. Stick with the half size smaller recommendation and you’ll be good.

  2. Connell

    January 21, 2013 8:43pm

    Thanks a lot ups just brought them and I tried them on and the 10.5 fits perfect.

  3. Zach

    February 6, 2013 2:02pm

    I wear a size 9 shoe. So should i get these in a 8.5?

  4. john

    February 20, 2013 3:09pm

    what if you have wide feet ?

    • Ripped Laces

      February 20, 2013 3:24pm

      It’s a very shape shifting shoe. Very loose in regards to structure so it makes fitting in any size foot pretty easy. I have a wide foot and didn’t find to many problems with the shoe. Hope you enjoy it.

      They’re on sale over at BH. Check to see if they have your size. http://bit.ly/YAbxDs

  5. Wheezy

    February 20, 2013 4:13pm

    i’d destroy these shoes 1st day skating my street mission. bangers like boardslides down handrails and 180s down massive 4s. they’d be eaten up in no time.. that’s why for quality and pro skate feel i’d get trukfit shoes.

  6. Mat.T

    February 21, 2013 10:54pm

    You know what I actually DIG these, even though they’re really off for my kinda’ style but they look kinda’ long and I have wide feet, but aswell as that I’m a 7 (US 8) and half size down is hard to come across. I dig the dark blue and gold they got in a shop near me, perhaps I would consider them in the future.

  7. john

    February 28, 2013 3:52am

    could my foot maybe fit in a size 8 if i was a size 9

  8. vlagtr

    March 4, 2013 3:15pm

    What’s the word on the 1.5 model with the new pu insole? I’m assuming it just makes the shoe better

  9. billy

    March 8, 2013 5:34pm

    i wear a size 9 and other shoe but have to go i size smaller like 8.5…do you think i could fit into a size 8 or that would be too tight on my feet?

  10. Oskar

    March 11, 2013 11:41pm

    Would putting size bigger in washer help shrink these down?

    • Ripped Laces

      March 12, 2013 10:48pm

      No, if anything, you’d damage the adhesive holding the shoe together and it’d probably fall apart. Definitely go a half size bigger, whether you buy in-store or online.

    • Oskar

      March 16, 2013 7:14pm

      size 12 fits great, best slip on ever made. hopefully other companys use more neoprene liners

  11. Locky

    May 19, 2013 4:41am

    If I’m usually a size 12 shoe but can still fit into an 11.5 without much discomfort, would I be safer to get an 11 or go for the 11.5?

  12. Laurie

    December 10, 2013 12:06am

    Bought these 4 weeks ago, after 4/5 hours that I have managed to get on my board in that time (recently re-gripped board too), they have a hole that is pinky-sized at the moment (on the edge of shoe on the kickflipping side) and sure to get bigger. I am gonna have to buy some shoe glue stuff to make do or buy a new pair of shoes. just fyi.


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