RL Recommends: Converse Weapon Skate

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.


  1. Stephen

    September 2, 2014 2:27pm

    It’s like a Dunk with a Lunarlon insole instead of Zoom Air. So it’s basically a better Dunk. I’m sold.

  2. kegan

    September 2, 2014 3:36pm

    I have a question about the spring this shoe has. I have had trouble with Lunarlon insoles in my p-rod with it having too much squish and not enough support. Im a bigger person so i need a sole with more support than cushion. any input?

    • Ripped Laces

      September 3, 2014 1:14am

      The lunarlon padding in the Weapon is slightly thinner because most of the impact support is actually coming from the thick cupsole of the shoe. It’s very accommodating for us bigger dudes and it gets bonus points because its wider/better arch support than most other cupsoles on the market today. Hope this insight helped.

  3. hick

    September 2, 2014 3:53pm

    the non-skate converse weapons were the skate shoe of choice between 99-03, especially in cali. the other skate-centric bulky shoes just looked gross in comparison. the non-sb dunk was too expensive, as well as the jordan 1’s

  4. the infamous concernedparent

    September 2, 2014 4:42pm

    it may be important here to note that these are available on converse’s website for $60…

  5. Tyler Dombrowski

    September 2, 2014 10:56pm

    They look pretty dope, when I started skating paneled/ cupsole kicks were all the rage. If I had that money right now I’d def get a pair! It’s nice having an outsole that will last longer than the 20hr. standard. Once these youngsters embrace a thicker shoe they will find that heelbruises don’t ever need to happen, boardfeel is developed by wearing the shoe for a couple days (it’s like romancing a girl before getting it in, instead of going to your car and uhhh…) Converse has a great team and it should be known they sponsored the almighty Rodney Mullen back in the day. #puffyskateshoecomeback

  6. Dave

    September 3, 2014 5:07am

    How much did Converse pay you guys for this article?
    The outsole of these shoes are way too thick, absolutely no board feel. They do feel stable and comfy though.

    • Tyler Dombrowski

      September 5, 2014 10:23pm

      Well brah, I haven’t skated ’em yet, but after breaking them in with a few hours of skating your feet will know where the board is. Sure, thin vulc shoes have better “transparency” but when you’re used to/ need cupsoles the thickness of the outsoles gives you a more stable(read: more control) platform for the ball-of-foot and little toes area to grip/ scoop the board. When you’re a big guy (I weigh 200 lbs.) flimsy ass vulc soles actually hurt my skating and wear down quickly. Sometimes you need a harder/ ever so slightly less flexible platform to scoop them varial flips. Buy some new Accel OG’s and you’ll know what I mean. To each his own, I’m not hating on your opinion just tryna give some insight. Btw, what do you recommend tho? Always lookin for new kicks!

  7. Ryan

    November 2, 2014 3:33pm

    Frankly, I’m excited to see a revival in tech skate shoes. I’m predicting a much-needed renaissance in skate footwear to a more “practical” tech shoe than the overly puffy shoes I the late 90s-early 2000s. Seeing shoes like the Weapon, the return of the Accel, Emerica’s Westgate, and Etnies’ Marana E-Lites, I think we are finally getting away from the Vans repackaging that ha plagued the markets for the last decade. It looks like companies aren’t afraid to experiment with new tehnology and revisiting ideas that were dismissed or lacking in other modern skate shoes, such as moderate padding and extra protection in high-wear areas. Needless to say I am once again excited about the future of skate shoes and can’t wait to see how it evolves in this next decade.


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