It’s fair to say that every skateboarder has had that thought of creating their perfect skate shoe – one that has all of their favorite elements from every great skate shoe combined into one. We never like to leave a thought unturned and have started pursuing of what some of these imaginary skate shoes would look like.
As a result, we bring to you our new column: My Shoe Mashups.
The lines of design within Skateboarding can feel so limited sometimes, so we’re glad to throw these creations in the air and just imagine “what if?”, for absolutely no reason other than just being immense fans of skate footwear.
When pressed to create my ultimate skate shoe, I had 5 features in mind that I wanted to make sure were implemented into my design – comfort, durability, impact protection, grip, and aesthetic.
Thinking of upper durability first, I decided to use the upper from the Vans Chima Pro. They’re one of my favorite skate shoes to date because of their Duracap covered toe, padded tongue, and slim aesthetic. It’s an overall great shoe, but there is one feature that I had a problem with and that is impact protection. Sure, the Chima Pro’s UltraCush Lite footbed helps to reduce some of the impact that a skater receives when skating, but not nearly as much as the Nike Lunar Janoski.
With cushioning and support in mind, I wanted to use the outsole on the Lunar Janoski. It’s perfect in terms of flexibility, impact protection, arch support, and grip, but a big problem with this shoe is its ability to wear out quickly around the ollie area. By combining these two models, you get a shoe that is nearly perfect. This is where the Lakai Owen rubber toe and stitching comes into play.
By adding these two features, this shoe not only becomes more durable around the kickflip area, but receives extra style with the stitching. These last two features tie everything together for these three shoes to coexist seamlessly. This shoe has everything that the modern skater needs: extreme durability, superb impact protection, quality grip, high comfort, and style.
What 3 skate shoes would you like to combine into 1?