In light of yesterday’s Dunk article, we became conscious of the fact that the Dunk is one of the very last shoes to feature a very functional element: the velcro strap. Whether placed over laces or classically featured on the ankle, the strap works but isn’t utilized as often as it could be.
Within the next couple of months, that’ll all be changing with Torey Pudwill’s 3rd DVS pro shoe. It’s fast approaching and we’re anticipating the reaction of skateboarders everywhere. We can realistically expect some of you to cringe while others are keeping an open mind. It’s actually quite hard to say how the Torey 3’s will do, especially in spite of our loss of this beauty. Don’t make us pick between the two, you know which one we’ll chose. But realistically that’s not our biggest fear with the debut of the Torey 3. Our real concern is gauging its success beyond good marketing and Torey’s popularity. Here’s why: throughout the last couple of years, every shoe that’s come out with a strap, with the exception of the Dunk, has unfortunately flopped. Now, we’re by no means wishing that for the new Torey’s, but it is a very realistic risk and a shitty one at that.
In some ways, most skateboarding brands and consumers should be embracing something as beneficial as the strap. However, we can understand its disappearance due to a lack of puffy/thickly padded shoes. Can you/do you really want to imagine a slim shoe with a strap? The thought of it just sounds ugly and unnecessary. More so, the placement of the strap can make or break a shoe from the very start. Many of the same shoes we’re referring to have sadly ended up on our list of Skate Shoes That Left too Soon. Examples 1 and 2.
But for every 4-5 flops, there’s a chance of prosperity in there somewhere. Some of these limited successes include eS’ popular Theory 1.5 shoe, which many RL affiliates swear by as one of their favorite skate shoes of all time. Another example is the timeless Vans Mountain Edition, regardless of its insufficiency in the skate game. So it looks like there is hope for the Torey 3. Our only question for you is: Are you going to be getting them? Are you, at the very least, interested?