2013 is finally coming to an end. Looking back, the progression within skateboarding footwear, and skateboarding in general, was just insane. The return of tech footwear took place this year and effected every brand in more than one way. The days of getting by with a mediocre one piece toe cap were over in 2013. Every brand is pushing to earn your dollar with their advances in footwear now and we can only imagine what 2014 has in store for us.
If tech was trending this year, the continuation of its role in 2014 is inevitable, but what else will happen? Who else will debut their latest pro model? Is there room for another footwear brand? Will more reissues happen and more importantly, how much more will we be willing to spend as consumers on ‘tech’ before enough is enough? 2014 should be fun. Have a happy and safe New Year’s everyone. Thanks.
5. DC Nyjah
With some of the most death defying (literally) feats under his belt, you shouldn’t be surprised that Nyjah’s shoe is on this list. With tech footwear trending and a need of simplicity in the market, the Nyjah S fills the need for both. Its impact support heel system manages to keep Nyjah safe from all the gnarly shit he’s doing and that’s more than enough reason to have them on this list.
4. Adidas Silas SLR
Adidas latest offering has some worried because of its raised heel but SBN puts us all at ease with the recent footage he’s been putting out. His latest creation continues to raise the bar in the hybrid skate shoe game and has many wondering about its skate-ability. No need to question it though because Adidas wouldn’t have put it out unless it fit their high standards. Give the SLR a chance and you’ll likely fall in love with it.
3. NB# Logan 637
As one of the newer models on the market, the NB# Logan, along with their entire establishment, has a ton to prove. It’s because of this that they’re so high on the list. Despite the challenge, NB# managed to come out with a pleasing debut line, with every kind of skating kept into consideration. Whether it’s a tech model or a simplistic model, they have you covered for ledges, tranny and so forth. The Logan 637 is probably surprising you at number 3 but it makes perfect sense in our minds after talking about it for hours. The materials, design and overall construction of the shoe make it one of the better skate shoes on the market. If you haven’t tried it yet, put all your preconceived notions to the side and give them a try. If you need some real convincing, watch Jordan Trahan skate them. You’ll buy them within the hour of watching him.
2. Emerica Westgate
The highly anticipated Westgate has everyone excited about the return of the runner toe. This is probably the most technical skate shoe of 2013, hands down. It has all of the bells and whistles that many of us have been asking for for years and does not disappoint. From the intricate outsole to the density of the toe, the Westgate was put together to remind us of where skate shoes came from and what they look like. Some can work with the runner toe in tightpants but we’d recommend camo cargos or regular baggy jeans. Ahhh, nostalgia never felt so good.
1. Nike SB Lunar Gato
If Nike was on this list, you were probably expecting to see the Project BA’s or maybe the newly released One Shot, but no, no, no. The Lunar Gato has won our hearts over for the number 1 spot. The Lunar Gato blends the style of an indoor soccer model with the technology and protection needed for skateboarding perfectly. It’s not too thin or too thick in terms of boardfeel, it has just the right balance. A tpu coating over the toe gives it a tech look without going overboard and extends the life of this skate model exponentially. If you’ve tried it, you’d know how good the flick feels after a couple of solid hours of skating.