If universal beauty consists of the same idea as a vulcanized shoe (thin, sleek & little to no padding), let us be the first to admit that we like our shoes as we like our women- functional, padded with plenty of cushioning & curves.
Due to our preference, its become eerie to understand the supposed demand for cupsole-to-vulcanized models. Certainly, we can understand the appeal to a thinner model (“boardfeel bro!”) but doesn’t it make sense to the rest of you, that sometimes paying more means getting more? We’re not going to delve into the price hike that skate shoes have had lately, rather, we’re looking to understand why skaters choose Vulc over a protective Cupsole (aside from the “It’s cheaper” school of thought).
Some cases are for the better whereas others are for the worse. Allow us to elaborate with some examples that we find boggling and equally, understanding.
Emerica G6 Cup Over Vulc
Depending on what side you’re on, you’ll find different results. Seeing as how we’ve had the pleasure of skating both models, we’ll voice our opinion based on our experience. Simply put, there was nothing wrong with the G6 cupsole model that merits a vulcanized version of it. Again, lowered cost aside, the G6’s aesthetic, performance and padding is more than enough proof for us to pick their cupsole model over the rest of their vulcanized transformations. We can now confirm that at a later time, Emerica collectively sharpen and lowered the vamp on the G6 to improve its flick and look. Since then, its only grown more on us. Especially in this bone colorway due out in Fall ’15. #LookAtTheWhiteShoes
DC Lynx S Over the New Lynx Vulc
Here’s a classic example of when the market asks/dictates the direction of a shoe or company. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially considering that the customer’s always right. Also, with skateboarding’s commercialism growing with each day, the general consumer is going to want what we have, except more to their taste. Sure enough, a sufer-esque looking DC Lynx Vulc may be coming out this Fall’ 15 but can equally please the masses. Be that as it may, we don’t particularly enjoy this model considering its predecessor but we can understand how functional it will be once the 90 degree weather starts to hit.
No One Wins Here: Osiris D3 & D3V
Even though Osiris’ involvement continues to be questioned with every passing year, we won’t dismiss the fact that the D3 has its place in skate shoe history. The Vulcanized version of one of skateboarding’s best selling models of all time solidifies that entirely. It doesn’t make this vulcanization right, but it solidifies it. Let’s just leave it at that before we receive a bulk-load of emails from readers about where they can buy this prehistoric yet still relevant model.
Part 2 coming soon.