DC’s latest offering is the perfect balance between tech and simplicity. Lets face it, not everyone is willing to crossover into the world of “tech” footwear so easy. For those apprehensive skaters, the Matt Miller Pro is a perfect combination of that simple one piece toe you’ve come to love and today’s modernized tech movement that you desperately want to try but can’t. For those consumers who aren’t ready to Uncuff (who would?), rock baggier jeans and embrace the likes of a runner toe, the Miller pro can ease you into that “tech” footwear model that you otherwise weren’t interested in.
Initial Fit & Feel
The Matt Miller Pro might be categorized as a cupsole but don’t let that fool you. This shoe has to be one of the better examples of a “vulc-feel with cupsole support” model’s on the market today. From the moment you slip your foot into the Miller Pro, you’ll feel the Ortholite sockliner hit your foot. To add to that comfort, a new take on DC’s popular Pill Pattern outsole will allow all the flexibility of your foot to come through onto the outsole. Certain flex grooves in this outsole allow the Miller’s to be as flexible as they are and it’ll probably surprise you considering it is a true cupsole. To put it into a better perspective, the boardfeel and flexibility is so good on the Miller’s that you’ll be able to flex over the side of your board when doing heelflips.
For the most part, we’ve always heard of people going a half size up with DC’s catalog of skate shoes but we were fortunate enough to be skating the Miller’s in our true size and they weren’t too snug or too loose. Our guess is, due to their vulc feel/cupsole construction, the sizing of the shoe is just right to guarantee a True to Size fit.
Toe & Flick
In comparison to most other modernized “tech” offerings of today, the Miller’s stand in their own class. Whereas every other company trying “tech” has combined the narrow nature of today’s skate shoes with technical elements, the Miller’s take on a different approach. Rather than succumbing to the standard narrowness of today’s skate shoes, the Miller’s actually have a much rounder toe, as if to pay homage to classic skate shoes of the past. Its nothing that’ll throw off your flick or fuck with you when skating, its just very noticeable considering how normal narrow skate shoes have become.
Sole & Grip
The density of the sole is harder towards the heel for extra stability and softens a little as it reaches the toe. This in-between softness on the toe makes flicking off the board incredibly easy but shouldn’t burn out the toe too fast. The hardened heel could easily prevent some nasty ankle rolling if caught correctly.
Even though the upper of the Miller Pro is backed with TPU and DC’s everlasting Super Suede, the outsole actually has a chance of outlasting the upper in comparison to most of our previous experiences with DC models. This intricate design divides the outsole into different sections to provide different/equal stages of wear. While some areas are prone to balding a lot quicker than others, these areas have been reinforced to make for a stronger outsole.
While the other categories will outweigh the support elements within the Miller Pro, this shoe will still have all of the necessities to gain your trust. Given the nature of its vulc-like boardfeel and Ortholite sockliner, we’d be careful skating anything over a 7-stair drop. If anything, the true nature of this shoe (with Matt’s skating in mind), would be to skate up said 7-stair. The support that you’ll find within the Miller Pro is reminiscent of Mike Mo’s Pro model. It doesn’t have the strongest arch support but it is enough to ensure a quality skate session.
We’ll have additional information regarding the wear on the Miller’s and more next week. If you have any questions about the Miller Pro’s, leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to answer.