10 Best Skate Shoes Of 2013: 5-1

Who had the best model of 2013?

Who had the best model of 2013?

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.


DCNyjah5. 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.

AdidasSilasSLR4. 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.

NB#Logan3. 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.

EmericaWestgate2. 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.

NikeSBLunarGato1. 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.


  1. Daniel

    December 31, 2013 7:10pm

    What about The Supra Hammer? I was so expecting to see them in the list, along with The Marana and maybe The Ellington.

  2. mark

    December 31, 2013 7:40pm

    No DC Mike Mo? Wow, I’m surprised. none the less, decent list. I figured something from Nike would be #1, shocked that the NB# were on the list. I really like the Nyja S, but overall I found the Mo S to be a better shoe by way of flex, boardfeel and technology. personal opinion though.

  3. Chris

    December 31, 2013 10:56pm

    Those are football soccer shoes! They even don’t last as much as the westgate. Wtf?

  4. Chase

    December 31, 2013 11:10pm

    What about the DC wes kremer s? those are the best skate shoes I have ever skated!

  5. Jirka Kurka

    January 1, 2014 9:24am

    Quite disappointing to see the ugliest soccer inspired shoe on the first place and new balance on the third :-/ Where is Marana??? To me it outperforms all the shoes in the first five (except for Westgates 🙂 To be honest, I haven´t skated neither Gato´s nor Logan´s ( and I certainly won´t! ) so I cannot judge the performance but the look and the background of both shoes is completely messed up! But it is just your opinion and I respect it, you guys make a good job!

  6. Iggie

    January 1, 2014 11:23am

    This shit’s biased as fuck,should of done the list by how much the shoes sold and how it skated.Re do the list.

  7. Keystone

    January 1, 2014 2:12pm

    Were the Lakai Howard released in 2013? They are far and away the nicest shoes I’ve skated in years, and I’ve tried everything. Durability, style, comfort and functionality. It’s a shoe that is 100% skateboarding.

  8. kraig craig

    January 1, 2014 5:46pm

    damn i just get whatever is on the sale rack and make the best of them. i’m waiting for the return of the herman 2s.

  9. Ryan

    January 1, 2014 7:16pm

    This list looks like the shoes that needs more sales

  10. Gustavo

    January 2, 2014 2:11am

    The lunar gato was totally lame. Nike should leave skateboarding!!!

    • Alec Baldwin

      November 2, 2014 1:03am

      They will, as soon as skateboarding is less popular again. They just dropped their snow team so hopefully it’s only a matter of time until they decide skateboarding isn’t making them enough money.

  11. Ian

    January 2, 2014 3:16am

    Both the DC Mike Mo and the Etnies Marana deserve to be on this list. While I understand the need for some diversity, both of those models are substantially better than the Chima Pro and the Alvarez shoes, if not many others. For how similarly the Mike Mo and Logan 637 skate, and to put one as #3 but completely overlook the other, is just not cool. I agree with probably half of this list, but RL–you need to give these to shoes their just honors!

  12. C

    January 2, 2014 11:39am

    WTF ??? Lakai Howard ??? Gato…NB…Nijah DC…Adidas…comon… WHERE U AT ? I tought u knew about skate shoes…

  13. Dakota Smith

    January 2, 2014 5:44pm

    i really think the Chima should be on here pronto.

  14. Moon

    January 3, 2014 1:53am

    this sucked… It’s sad but true.

  15. mark

    January 8, 2014 12:27am

    I fuck with the BA’s way more than the gatos

  16. John Rodriguez

    January 21, 2014 5:05pm

    If you guys don’t like the list, then make your own and quit bitching. Pretty sure RL is intitled to their own opinion.

  17. francisco

    January 22, 2014 3:36am

    Is this real? Cant believe the maranas are not here, the Reynolds, mike mos, prod 7. Lunar gato? Chima? Silas? Haas you have to be kiddin..

  18. Rein

    January 30, 2014 5:49pm

    What the hell no DC Mike Mo’s?


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