Skateboarding’s most hated, yet strangely appealing, skate shoe has hit skate shop shelves and to no one’s surprise, they’ve done what most of us thought they would: SOLD OUT.
Whether you side with HUF & Dylan’s progressive design or just plain hate it, the fact that they sold out of most skate shops and HUF’s online store speak for itself. The Dylan’s, as most understood it to be a skate shoe, isn’t necessarily selling out because of its functionality on the board. In fact, it’s its purpose off the board that makes it one of the fastest selling skate shoes of all time.
Initial Fit & Feel
For those of you that have been doing your research on the HUF Dylan’s fit, please do go True to Size with these shoes. Yes, initially they do feel snug and may potentially rub against the back of your heel temporarily but its nothing that an hour or two of walking won’t cure. Once you’re done breaking-in the Dylan’s, you’ll notice that the forefoot area is very forgiving and can accommodate even the widest foot. The shoe will naturally take shape to your foot but will never lose its construction due to the inner mesh lining. The mesh bootie comes through in many ways than one. Although its real purpose is to keep your foot from sliding around within the confines of the shoe, the mesh bootie happens to be padded and can turn a painful, session ending hit from your skateboard into a subtle blow. Along with that, you’ll have the comfort of mesh padding surrounding the upper of your foot, while the lower is being padded by a thick PU insole.
The thick PU insole approximately goes from about an 8mm height in the heel to a 6mm height in the forefoot. This small but important drop should explain the Dylan’s incredible boardfeel. The feel itself is one of a vulcanized shoe but is made up entirely of a cupsole construction. You’ll feel low to the ground in these HUF Dylan’s without actually suffering the consequences.
Toe & Flick
As you may imagine, the flick on these Dylan’s are superb. This shouldn’t come as any surprise considering the shape of the toe. The high grain leather simply adds to the remarkable functionality of the flick and allows the toe to fly off the board while still maintaining a good level of traction. We can’t deny it, the first flick will feel weird. Just skating in these Dylan’s in general will feel weird but in a good way. It’s not often that you’re skating some of the most stylish skate shoes so try to embrace it. Once you get pass the fact that you’re skating a shoe that doubles as a dress shoe, you can essentially do whatever the fuck you want in them. 360 flips, heelflips, the works. After the first session of skating, the scuffs on the side were immediately noticeable but not apparent enough to think of them as blown out. No different than scuffing them at your steady desk job, the dance floor or the skate park. More wear details to come…
Sole & Grip
If you haven’t noticed, the sole on these Dylan’s are so close to resembling the same iconic construction as a KCK. Whether Dylan is paying homage to the old school or simply just loving the aesthetic of this design, we can assure you that it works. The rubber surrounding the toe and heel of the shoe certainly add to the durability of the Dylan’s. Before wearing on the leather, the first couple of ollie’s landed right on the rubber and wore in with ease.
As you’d expect with any shoe, the outsole is going to be a bit slippery during the first few hours. Although we did feel a little bit of that with the Dylan’s, it’s not as drastic as other models we’ve tested in the past. The reason being that the rubber on the sole happens to be slightly softer. Just as a gauge, it’s not as soft as Vans foxing tape, just a little harder than that. But not as hard as, lets say, a Lakai XLK sole. Just right in the middle.
The grip is better than most people’s expectations. Because of the soft feeling sole, the outsole digs into the ground with ease but doesn’t show severe signs of balding at all. This leveled out outsole keeps the HUF Dylan’s flexible and consistent throughout every push.
As stated before, the thick PU insole adds a ton of support, especially when placed on top of a cupsole. For such a narrow shoe, the arch support is fair/medium. Nothing substantial but for those with flat feet/ fallen arches, you should feel good in these Dylan’s. The mesh liner will definitely keep your foot secure and in place at all times. Any apprehension about these shoes will vanish after trying them on. The construction and overall design of the HUF Dylan was well thought out and it shows.
More photos of wear and details to come. Until then, enjoy this solid video review for more information. Questions? Comments about the shoe? Let us know and we’ll get back to you.