For some time now, skate shoes have been in a state of flux between the past and the future. In a “post-Cherry” industry, it is not uncommon to see six or seven out of ten skaters wearing shoes based on classic silhouettes – the Cons CTS, One-Star, the HUF Classic – and the list goes on.
Converse is known for its clean, vulcanized styles, particularly those derived from the Chuck Taylor. While the brand has made its place in skateboarding largely by taking design hints from the past, the CONS Metric CLS is forward-looking in its design and functionality.
The Jake Johnson-backed Metric is the only non-vulc shoe in the current SS ’16 line up, utilizing a low profile cupsole meant to keep the optimal balance between boardfeel and protection. The shoe has a sockliner for comfort and fit, as well as a one-piece toe cap to prevent excessive blowouts. Although a JJ endorsement could likely sell a literal pile of bricks, the shoe clocks in at $90, and you’ll be thankful for the extra durability. The Metric also has a dual-density midsole using Nike’s Phylon performance foam for added impact protection. The three initial colorways of the shoe are Black, White, and a Black/Maroon, all with a suede upper.
The CONS Metric CLS is now available for you to, in no particular order, buy and no-comply over a small family with.