The continued visibility of rubber toe caps from pretty much every footwear brand under the sun is about as consistent as the recent array of “white girls with big booty” syndrome that’s been going around lately.
NB# Numeric is the latest company to follow the rubber toe cap trend with their Pro Court 212, due to come out early 2016. Originally a tennis shoe, the skate program over at NB# decided to update the model for optimal skate performance (possibly after seeing Conner Krammerer skating them in Tengu) and now we’re all patiently waiting to get a proper gauge on what brand will have the best rubber toe option. Much like how we waited for every skate brand to have their best nominees in order to see who had the best T.H. options.
Here’s what we can say based on the samples that we’ve received from NB#. The shape and size of the toe cap is reminiscent of what we’ve seen on the Huf Classics; however, the toe cap on the Pro Court 212 features thicker sides, as to prevent contact between canvas and griptape. The suede ollie patch is a nice touch, as it’ll lengthen the shoe’s lifespan, while saving you superglue costs. It’s also worth mentioning that the soles on the 212 have the same herringbone tread pattern and materials that you’ve see on Nikes in the late 2000s- i.e. Blazer, Janoski’s and so forth. While there’s another 6 months to their availability, the Pro Court 212’s are certainly a worthy addition to the rubber toe cap club.
They’ll certainly clash against the debut of Cory Kennedy’s debut pro model (has it really been 2 years since we called it?), since he also adopted the classic tennis court design from Nike’s pro court. All we can say, from strictly a consumers POV, is that the brand with the lesser price point will probably win the support from skater’s everywhere. Both the CK Pro Court and these 212’s offer essentially the same features, so with that in mind, pricing will more than likely separate them in the eyes of consumers. We’ll more than likely be conducting our “Versus” article as soon as both shoes are available to the market because our nerdy curiosity is killing us.
Which model, between Nike’s and NB#’s, would you go with?