First Glance: Emerica Westgate

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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.

Fit:
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. Inner-LiningGranted, 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.

Similarities:
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.

Toe

Flick:
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. POV-ShotWith 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.

Comments

  1. eS Accel Forever

    October 31, 2013 7:59pm

    “…we were constantly wondering how the toe would flick considering the outward runner toe. POV-ShotWith 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.”

    Plenty of shoes over the years have used a runner toe that had great flick. The DC Lynx, the eS Pj Ladd, The eS Koston 2,3, and 5 had it, the new Brian Andersons have it, I am sure their are plenty more especially from the early 2000’s when a lot of skate shoes had the runner toe. To think the flick “might not work” is honestly stupid, people have skated in Timberlands, Jordans, and any weird shoe you can think of.

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  2. D-hill

    October 31, 2013 10:12pm

    These look sick, idk why people complain about the running cap. People think that this shoe looks weird just because it looks like a running shoe, but some of the best skate shoes have been those. These look similar to the G6 but people think they look so different.

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  3. Arek

    November 1, 2013 9:29am

    Just because that type of shoe was popular some time doesn’t mean they’re cool.

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  4. T.A.

    November 1, 2013 12:06pm

    Vita’s had runner toes galore and, DAMN, if Jason Dill didn’t kill it Photosynthesis. Many Circa’s did too and, DAMN, if there team wasn’t killin’ it ten years ago (Muska, Chief, Appleyard, Lopez).

    I’m surprised it took so long to come back, but Westgate is just the guy to do it. So stoked for these shoes!

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  5. William

    November 2, 2013 2:54pm

    I just wish Emerica could use semi-decent insoles like the ones in the Marana, then these would be perfect.

    The red insoles in the G6, Reynolds, and now the Westgate are absolute garbage and must cost Sole Tech about a nickel to make. The make the awful insoles in the current Adidas models feel like Lunarlon in comparison.

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  6. Chris

    November 3, 2013 2:26pm

    I dont know about these… I was kind of hoping that companies would just keep making boat shoes and my moms keds

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  7. mari

    November 6, 2013 2:28pm

    will you guys do a review of the new DC’s Ops model?

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    • Someone

      November 18, 2013 2:10am

      I highly doubt RL will waste their time with that shoe since its not really even a skate shoe plus there are way too many new good shoes coming out right now for them to review that crap. I mean i’m sorry but Steve Berra is complete garbage. As sick as he is as a person I can’t make it through Mindfield without trying to break my TV when him and rob dyrdek’s parts come on

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