On the leisure end of skateboarding footwear, only few brands have been successful in offering an array of models to strictly relax in. As skateboarders, it’s probably harder for us to have a nice pair of shoes compared to any other human being on this planet. In fact, we’re sure that there are people in third world countries that look far more respectable & well groomed than we do most of the time. It’s literally in our nature to skate & destroy everything we buy/wear. Boards, shoes, wheels, flesh, etc…
For this reason, it’s a little hard to believe that this offering of relaxing shoes from skate brands can coexist with a generation of kids who only know how to rip up their latest purchase from the shoe wall. Obviously, these shoes won’t be marketed towards a younger demo considering that they don’t know the meaning of being sore but even so, does this latest contribution to skateboarding footwear hurt it or progress it? Do we need a line of relaxing skate shoes when what we’re wearing is perfectly fine or should we pack an extra pair of relaxing shoes into our trunk for the post skate session antics? It’s a strange question. Really, it depends on the individual. Lately, we’ve been doing the latter. After a solid 3-6 hour skate session, we’ve been wearing the Etnies Scout afterwards & we’re not gonna lie, it’s comfortable as all hell. In fact, it’s so comfortable, that we’ve been finding ourselves wearing these shoes more than our regular skate shoes on a day-to-day basis. Clearly, based on our own actions, this answered whether this is good for skateboarder’s or not. As some insight, don’t even think of running or exercising in the Scout, it’s strictly for chilling.
Comfort aside, what about pricing? The current selling price for the Etnies Scout is at a reasonable $60, whereas Nike’s recent debut of their Rest & Recovery collection will be costing consumers a more expensive $100-125 price range. It’s clear that you’ll be paying a higher price for certain features but what’s the reality for a kid with only $80 to his name….is he going to save up a bit more for some proper chill shoes or go with his beloved Busenitz & wear those as his skate shoes & chillers? As we stated before, this debate as to whether these lifestyle shoes can be unified into skateboarding footwear can go on for days. Most brands have tried their hardest at breaking through to skateboarders with their line of relaxing shoes & it’s unfortunate to say, but most of the time they fail. Sad to say that both this shoe & this shoe only lasted for a season. They definitely had potential.
Will the same be true for both Nike & Etnies? Why does Nike even need a line of skateboarding chillers anyway? Is the AirMax too out of touch for us or has the Janoski become so integrated into skateboarder’s DNA that we need that same labeling on each & every pair of shoes that we own? If that’s the case, something tells us that Janoski loafer isn’t too far from existence. If this actually happens, someone owes us a Coke.