Our expectations for 2013 couldn’t have started any better. With technology becoming the main trend in skateboarding footwear after a long hiatus, skate shoes are as impressive as they’ve ever been. As with other models, the anticipation behind the DC Mike Mo S has been killing us. Out of all the technical models coming out this year, the Mike Mo S seems to beat out most in the categories of being lighter along with it’s structured complexity. The idea of a seamless shoe isn’t unheard of but the fusion of TPU and suede materials brings this model into a whole other league. If the Mike Mo’s unique features don’t attract you to eventually try them out, then be prepared to be shocked by it’s functionality.
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 system. We base our ratings from 1-10. 10 being the best and 1 being the absolute worst. Enjoy.
Sizing & Support:
Naturally, over the years and during our reviews, DC shoes have gained a reputation of having to go a half size bigger. During this review, the same facts still hold true, especially with the Mike Mo S. Because of it’s snug fit, reminiscent of a running shoe, you’ll have no choice but to go a half size bigger in order to enjoy the Mo’s.
Short Answer: Get a Half Size Bigger.
Comfort & Cushion:
Right out of the box, the Mo’s can be skated. It’s excellent construction and flexibility make this possible. Initially, the Mo’s did feel a little overbearing and tight but after an hour, they broke-in. Despite it’s early tight fit, you shouldn’t be too concerned about how they’ll skate. The snug feeling will certainly grown on you. Our only concern with the Mo’s is it’s outsole shape. It’s drastically narrow shape could stop anyone with wider feet from skating them. If you do have a wider foot and are interested in trying out the Mike Mo S, do yourself a favor and try them on at your local shop first before purchasing. We wouldn’t necessarily suggest the shoe for those with wider feet because you’ll more than likely be at risk of having your foot spill over to one side and potentially rolling your ankle. Without a stabilized foundation, your foot will most definitely pick a side of the shoe and you probably won’t enjoy the shoe as much as you should.
Disclaimer: For those of you that want to skate the Mike Mo S and cannot because of your wider foot, don’t fret. Our solution to your problem would be to try the DC Centric S.
To say the least, the comfort level in the Mo’s are great. The shoe will mold to your foot, flex when you want and are incredibly light. Even for such a light shoe, no step was skipped in making the Mo’s as cushioned as possible. The UniLite technology has gained our praise because it’s unbelievably light despite it’s thick feel. If you’re familiar with UniLite from skating the Chris Cole S, then you know what you’re in for. After all, Mo skates stairs and that’ll definitely takes a beating on the bottom of your feet. For this shoe to be a true manifestation from Mike Mo, you know that the cushioning has to be on point.
Comfort:10. Because the Mo’s are based after a running shoe and to add to that success, they have a proper molding fit, anything less than a 10 would be unfair. It’ll take some getting use to but don’t fret and be sure to stick it out.
Cushion: 9.5 If you’re worried about the cushioning, don’t be. Despite the thin sockliner within the Mo’s, the true hero behind the cushioning is the UniLite Midsole. Everything else just complements the shoe.
Boardfeel & Grip:
The Mike Mo’s are a real pleasure to skate because even with all the drastic modifications they’ve added to this shoe, it still represents DC by using the traditional pill pattern outsole. As with the UniLite, if you’ve skated this outsole, you’ll know that it’s extremely effective in giving you the boardfeel you’re looking for. Aside from that, it’s very grippy; even more so with the “X” flex groove added to the forefoot. We’re ecstatic about this feature considering we’re natural Heelflippers and gripping your foot around the edge of the board undeniably makes the trick that much easier. It’s most definitely a great cupsole considering the vulcanized feel you’ll get from the shoe. Regardless of how long brands have been looking to perfect this marriage between both of our most preferred styles, the Mike Mo S might take the cake in this category. Even throughout week 4 of skating, the grip of the Mike Mo S still reflects the same results as when we first put them on during week 1.
Boardfeel: 10. All the benefits that a vulcanized sole has, the Mike Mo’s have. You can easily feel the concave of your board and this helps greatly with control.
Grip: 10. The grip on these shoes is beyond what we had expected. A solid 10, is all we can say.
Thankfully in this section of the review, the photos simply speak for themselves. The DC Mike Mo S kept all of our mentioned categories in mind but was intentionally made to withstand Mike Mo’s standards. As he’s stated in the past, he pretty much skates every day, doing some of the most consistent skating there is. If anyone is going to push the limits as far as durability standards, it’ll be Mike Mo.
During week 3, an ollie hole did surface but didn’t tarnish the shoes performance one bit. The flick of the shoe remained the same and barley showed damage. After 20 hours of wear the shoe finally started to show real signs of wear but thankfully continued to be in good enough condition to skate. Most other skate shoes would’ve seen this type of damage within the first week of skating but the Mike Mo’s delayed the deterioration of the shoe with it’s Super suede and TPU layers.
Suede: 8. Although a hole did appear during week 3, the upper was amazing and would probably last longer if the wear on the shoe was spread all around.
Toe: 8.5 Even throughout week 4, the toe is barely starting to show considerable damage, but keep in mind of the fact that our reviewer did a whole lot of kickflips.
Outsole: 10. The outsole is amazing. We did a ton of kickflips and during week 4 behind us, the outsole isn’t even close to dying out.
With DC upping the ante in skate footwear, it seems as though they’re coming back for their number 1 spot. Examples like the Mike Mo S and the Centric S are essentially going to build a better fan base of skater’s looking to support skater runned brands without feeling as though they’ve been had when thinking about the durability category. While reviewing DC shoes, we’ve noticed that they’ve had similar success in ratings but the results of the Mike Mo might outweigh the results from the Centric review. DC’s products have seriously impressed us, to a point, where the only question left is if they’ll continue to do so in years to come. It’s not looking doubtful but topping the products they have now isn’t going to be easy.
Sure enough though, the Mike Mo S should be sticking around for years to come and will more than likely earn a following for those who give it a chance. Using TPU materials is nothing new in skateboarding footwear, but because of the bonding DC made with their Super Suede and this remarkable material, it will more than likely put the Mike Mo S in the running for our most favorite shoe of 2013.