The highly anticipated Emerica Westgate landed in today and we took the liberty of taking some detailed shots before skating them. If you’re one of the few that are still not convinced to try out the new Westgate model because of its unorthodox design, it probably means you were born around 1998. That’s not a bad thing, it just means that you weren’t exposed to models that looked similar to this one from back in the early 2000’s. If you sit on the other side of that and are a well-educated OG that’s been skating well before the late 90’s, the details of this shoe should be enough to sell you on this Westgate model.
Within lacing them up, the fit perfectly alines with our toes and more so, keeps a snug but not overwhelming fit. The inner-booty really makes a difference in this shoe and it feels far more superior in it’s fitting than any other Emerica model. Granted, the Reynolds do have the same inner-booty system but due to it’s not-so-narrow toe, the fit and feel is completely different. The toe on this Westgate model is very narrow but not narrow enough to create discomfort. After trying on the Westgate’s, we found that it fits true to size.
Comparatively, this new Westgate model feels most like the G6 because of it’s use of the same midsole technology. It only feels the same in regards to cushioning and comfort but is far more different when comparing the feel of the shoe. From a design point of view, we’re sure that you think the Westgate will fit in a bizarre and unfamiliar manner but it’s quite the contrary. The Westgate’s feel like a very flat and centered shoe. Overall, it has a perfect balance between bulky and slim. With both of them side by side, we’ll say that if you’re looking for an upgrade in protection from the G6, go with the Westgate.
Without hesitation, this was single-handedly the most concerning part of the shoe. Since being told that they were on their way, we were constantly wondering how the toe would flick considering the outward runner toe. With only 20 or so kickflips in these Westgates so far, we’ll confirm this: the flick works perfectly, if not better than ever. Again, we were just as worried about it but someway, somehow, the design team over at Emerica figured out how to assemble a toe that wouldn’t conflict with our flick.
If this wasn’t enough info for you on the Emerica Westgate, check back next week for our preview of how they wear after a couple hours of skating.