The release of CONS’ Weapon Skate team model could potentially take the crown as this year’s most “Slept On” shoe. There are a bunch of obvious traits that give us this impression but its bulky look and paneled toe cap probably have most consumers turned off. We’re here to reassure you that this shoe is one of the better skate shoes of 2014.
It’s incredibly easy to dismiss this ancient looking model but its performance values remind us of why paneled toes were so substantial back in the day. There’s a 50/50 chance that some of you have grown used to skating one piece toe caps, where others have grown sick of it. Refusing to change up your set-up makes sense but essentially, you’re missing out on the #PuffySkateShoeComeback movement that’s recently come to fruition. Now, to old school standards, the Weapons are far from puffy but given this generations lack of history/exposure to shoe’s like the Accel, OG Lynx and so forth, this is considered bulky and puffy to them. The closest resemblance to puffy skate shoes that this generation of prone-Janoski skaters have felt is a SB Dunk and that’s about as close in comparison as we can get when talking about the Weapon’s Skate performance. #NiceSegway Truth be told, the Weapons are far better than their Dunk counterpart. Aside from being thinner in materials, the fit and outsole on the Weapon’s are actually wider and in turn, more accommodating to skaters. Plus, the arch support is slightly better.
Fit: In classic Cons fashion, go a half size down from your standard size.
Support: A lunarlon backed insole keeps your feet protected.
Flick: After not skating paneled toe caps for so long, we were instantly reminded that having one can actually give you a better flick when performing flip tricks. #Truth
Grip: As unflattering as the outsole looks, this outsole is so grippy, when walking, you’ll often experience basketball court-like screeching.
Sole: High density sole that softens as it reaches the toe of the shoe. Stabilized support around the heel that follows through to the toe.
Wear Details Pros: The best aspects of the Weapon Skate happen to be everything that we already mentioned above, but more so, the quality of the paneling is beyond our comprehension. Aside from protecting the additional layer of suede awaiting our arrival, the paneling provides an edge where our flip tricks can catch on. Obviously, when thinking of it like that, it’s no wonder why shoes like the Accel were/are so beloved. They practically give you pro status kickflips and all the confidence in the world to finally tackle that otherwise scary 4 stair that you’ve been meaning to kickflip. The traction happens to be another aspect that’s gone beyond our expectations. For an otherwise unflattering outsole, this is one of the gripper shoes that we’ve ever skated (and not in a “its fucking up my flip tricks” kinda way either). The fit of the shoe is actually pretty complex. For one, even though the upper looks like your standard low top, the Weapon’s happen to come up towards to middle of your ankle. This mid-like feel really secures your foot, along with its gusseted tongue, which locks in your foot instantaneously. The fit, feel and performance of the Weapon Skate will give any OG that nostalgic feeling of their earlier days all while providing this younger generation with some proper protection and understanding of why we like our paneled toe skate shoes.
Cons: The only real con against the Weapon is probably its price point. At $85, it’ll be hard convincing consumers to pick this OG model over something more youthful and appealing. Unless #JkJhnsn blesses the internet with some Weapon Skate action of his own like Dr. Z and others, we can only assume an older age bracket will embrace this shoe.
Other than that, there’s no other rational reason to not skate this shoe. At the 10 hour mark, it looks better than some one piece toe caps that we’ve reviewed in the past and additionally, it doesn’t lose its shape. The stability on the Cons Weapon Skate is to be praised, seriously.