With every skate brand on the market flaunting one, it’s going to be difficult deciding what rubber toe model is going to be the best for your buck. While we’re in the process of trying to answer that question, we can only speak for the Adidas Matchcourt Mid and other rubber toe models we’ve featured/skated before.
Adidas has a deep history of popular team models, some of which have gone way too soon. 🙁 The Ronan (R.I.P.), Campus Vulc, Adi-Ease, and the list goes on. From the 5 hours that we’ve skated with the Matchcourt Mid, we can already recognize that this model will be added to that growing list. For starters, this vulcanized model breaks in fairly easy considering the fused rubber toe, which sometimes requires some breaking-in of its own. Shockingly, while the rubber toe sits sturdy on the front of your shoe, it has plenty of give to skate right out of the box. More over, the rubber toe on the Matchcourt Mids have enough height and space to accommodate any and every foot. The fit of the shoe itself isn’t narrow, but sits on the narrow outsole, typically found on the Adi-Ease.
In terms of durability, this shoe has all the elements you need for a fully functional shoe from top to bottom. The mid styling fits snug and holds your foot in place with the simple use of the top lace loops. The upper of the shoe has a strategically placed combination of suede & canvas. The suede can be found wherever vulnerable-to-wear from skating areas are, while the canvas avoids all of that to provide acceptable breathability.
It’s backed by a thin PU insole, but supportive enough to endure flat ground skating and anything less than a 6-stair. There isn’t much arch support considering its barebones design, but we’ll take that lack of comfort for the extended durability of the rubber toe. The biggest con with the Matchcourt model, both mid & low, is that the laces are utterly vulnerable to ripping. We’ve currently gone through a number of lace changes but have avoided further changes by knotting the 2nd lace loop with what was leftover from the first.
We don’t mean to jump the gun, but with all the pros outweighing the cons with the Matchcourt, we have to say that it’s already a nominee for our best S.S.O.T.Y. award. The rubber isn’t tacky or sticky enough to have to break-in in order to successfully flick off of your board. We have to say this is probably Adidas best team model to date.
More info to come as we try to wear these down – currently at the 5-hour mark with some Mob grip, and it looks like nothing’s happened. Expect to find yourself wanting these around December.
Who’s got your vote for the best rubber toe out now?