Strapped Skateboarding….Yes Or No?


DVS Torey 3 wear in full effect. Due out this Fall.

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?


  1. jammasterjenkem

    May 15, 2014 4:50pm

    What’s up with the Powerade logo?

  2. Broshuacrowe

    May 15, 2014 6:12pm

    Technically not a Velcro strap, but the Rowley Shambles Hi was an all time favorite of mine. He took the strap idea from classic work boots if I remember correctly. You guys have any opinion on that shoe? Feel like its a noteworthy one since its from Geoff of all people.


    May 16, 2014 2:44am

    Ipath Grasshopper tho…

  4. al

    May 16, 2014 3:49am

    I would not be adverse to these. I would like to see them with an EVA midsole though.

    The toe panel looks like it could create some dramas for durability, but hopefully they go well!

  5. Andrew

    May 16, 2014 9:27pm

    this could be a hit once we see in person

  6. Kawika

    May 17, 2014 7:27am

  7. Sam

    May 17, 2014 2:18pm

    Its not really the strap that bothers me. That stitching on the toe worries me.

  8. Tyler Dombrowski

    May 18, 2014 11:01pm

    C1rca 205 Destroyers all the way!!! Fantastic ankle stability, great grip, durable real gum rubber (not vulcanized BS), most importantly, a high-pressure airbag in the heel. I used to always try ollieing this massive 8 foot drop and bailed every time, and landing was as easy on the heels as walking. The C1rca 205 Destroyer is THE quintessential strap shoe in my eyes. Damn shame….. Cheaper price than dunks and they had Adrian Lopez and the big man himself, Jamie Thomas!

  9. dustin

    May 18, 2014 11:48pm

    i think they are cool and will stand out against the janoski filled shoe market

  10. s.c.

    May 19, 2014 1:14am

    Accel Plus?

    • Tyler Dombrowski

      May 19, 2014 9:24pm

      Y’eS!!! Man, I miss those. They were Accels… but made better! I’m jealous those damn Japs get the Accel back, “The Accelerate” is amazing and all, but I miss the weird grippy/ indestructible tread of the original Accel/Accel Plus

  11. Han

    May 19, 2014 4:35pm

    I would love a strap on a Lakai, DC, or SoleTech. I don’t trust the materials of the shoes to get the iPath Grasshopper or the Osiris Bingaman. If those two shoes aren’t big sellers, I don’t think it’s because of the strap.


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