By now you’ve watched the Nike SB Chronicles 2 and loved every second of it. Now you’re wondering what shoe to get next because the video psyched you up that much. Can’t say we blame you. In classic fashion, everyone’s part stood out in one way or another. Our favorites were Donovan, Luan, Shane & Justin Brock, in no particular order. They all killed it in classic fashion but Donovan or Don P. (we like the latter) really deserved that opening part. Very stylish and he did the Gato’s justice. Where many are apprehensive towards the soccer-inspired skate shoe, we’ve been enjoying it. Obviously not to the extent of how Don P. has been skating them, but we’ve done a kickflip or 2 in them and they’re working out just fine.
As stated in our FG, the TPU embossed toe cap feels coarse at first but then flicks perfectly every time once it’s worn down. We can tell that it will be for some and not for others. The main breaking point for some is the roundness of the toe. It’s currently working wonders for us but we can see why others will be turned off by it. There is some sort of saving grace though. The toe on the Lunar Gato’s tends to shape itself accordingly as you continue to skate it. The likelihood of it going from a rounded toe to a more narrow toe as you skate it is high. Basically, it’ll conform to your foot so long as you keep kickflipping in them.
The overall feel of the shoe is in line with the vulc-feel/cupsole support of today. It has a solid amount of board feel and to our surprise, the outsole works great against our griptape. We really had our doubts that the original outsole from the original Gato would transfer over so well but guess what, we were wrong. Expect a full review on these shoes in the near future. We’re having a good time skating them, the only real constructive criticism we have is the lack of arch support. Again, if you have a wider foot, the Lunar Gato’s might not be for you. Oh, that and that the laces keep ripping. Part of the job though, right? If you like the way these look after skating for 5-hours, check em out here.
Off topic, but not really, who had the best part? Gonna stubbornly say it’s a tie between Don P. and Justin Brock. Dammit, wish he still skated in Dunks though.