First 6-Hours with the Emerica Westgate


This time last week, we were talking about skating the latest Westgate pro model. Before publishing the full review, we wanted you to check out the progression of the first 6-hours of skating. If you didn’t read our FG, we described most of the qualities of the latest runner toe to hit the skate shoe market. Be sure to catch up to that article before reading this one.

As with anything new (not really), consumers have every right to be precautious about Westgate’s runner toe. This design is finally coming back after a 5-7 year absence & considering that it hasn’t been used in some time, who knows whether it’ll work as good as some of us remember it. After all, we were younger & more gullible as to what made our ollies higher & kickflips easier. To answers your concerns though, the Westgate’s toe works perfectly fine. If anything, it’s made our flicking easier with flip tricks. The lip from the runner toe, along with the black sole, created a corner around the toe area that serves as a perfect pocket for performing flip tricks.

6-Hours of pushing in this East Coast winter weather hasn't phased the Westgate outsole.

6-Hours of pushing in this East Coast winter weather hasn’t phased the Westgate outsole.

The outsole, as intricate as it looks, works so simple. For such a bulky-looking outsole, it fits quite slim and gives off more board feel than you’d expect. We’re not going to give away too much info considering we’re still in the review process but we have high expectations for the Westgate’s. So far they haven’t disappointed us, nor do we think they will. Full review should be published before the end of the month.
Have a good weekend everybody.


  1. Micky Vergara

    November 8, 2013 11:42pm

    How would you compare the board feel of the Westgate compared to other pro models. I’ve been skating the Lakai Guy XLK and it is a perfect blend of board feel and protection. Would you say the Westgate has more or less board feel than say the Emerica Reynolds, other shoe I’ve skated?


    • Ripped Laces

      November 10, 2013 4:21pm

      The Westgate definitely has more board feel than the Emerica Reynolds. Think of the Westgate as an extension of the G6. It has much of the same technology and feel but, it has a better fit.

  2. Jojo

    November 9, 2013 12:02pm

    Sick shoe
    Logo overkill though

  3. Ferdimate

    November 13, 2013 5:21am

    How does the arch support stack up to the Busenitz pro? Those shoes have amazing support in them to me.

    • Ripped Laces

      December 4, 2013 4:31pm

      Not much arch support in the Westgate. On the flatter side in comparison to the Busenitz Pro.

  4. david guizar

    November 15, 2013 10:00am

    i think the only bad thing in the emerica westgate is the sole, some shoes have a cupsole and vulc, but the westgate????

  5. Painless

    November 16, 2013 11:37pm

    Add toe cap to this shoes and it’s indestructible perfection. One piece toes rip a lot faster.

  6. Jacob

    November 26, 2013 11:21pm

    Looking at the sole and shape, this reminds me somewhat of Reynolds 1s.

  7. Yordus

    December 2, 2013 6:39pm

    I’ve been skating the busenitz adv for a minute and those are cupsole with a vulc sort of thing, how are these shoes with the cupsole/vulc compared to the busentiz?

  8. Big Baby Jesus

    April 19, 2015 8:18pm

    Did you ever finish the full review for this shoe? Looking to cop a pair but haven’t rocked emericas since the Reynolds 3’s.


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