Slip-on shoes have been a constant staple of skateboarding culture. Their simple aesthetic not only represents the laid back mindset of skateboarders, but allows for a long lasting and extremely flexible piece of footwear.
Even though this style of shoe has been reimagined by various brands over the years, there is one feature that has remained unchanged amongst most brands – a vulcanized outsole. With the exception of a few models, the concept of a cupsole slip-on has been virtually untouched. For this reason, I had to create the CubOn XLK.
The upper used to create this mashup is from the Supra Cuban. This particular piece was chosen for 3 reasons:
First, breathability due to mesh lining.
Second, the collar of the Cuban is padded quite nicely for a slip on, allowing for minimal rubbing around the heels and more stability around the ankles.
Third, it looks great. Supra has a track record for making good-looking shoes, and the Cuban is no exception.
Even though slip-on shoes don’t have the lace wear problem, there is still the standard issue of wear and tear in the ollie/kickflip areas. It made sense to use the Duracap technology from the Vans Slip-On Pro, allowing much more resistance in the high wear areas without sacrificing the simple aesthetic. The line from the sole of the Slip-On Pro has also been added to make up for an otherwise bland appearance.
The final, and key, feature of this mashup is the outsole from the Lakai MJ XLK. Anyone who has skated a shoe featuring XLK technology will know just how amazing these soles skate. The boardfeel, impact protection, flexibility, and grip offered in XLK soles is some of the best on the market.
The final product is a durable, form-fitting shoe that will allow skating of nearly any obstacle offered in skateboarding. Due to its flexible and impact resistant sole, from manual pads and ledges like Marc Johnson, to handrails and gaps like Boo Johnson, this mashup is appropriate for any skateboarder’s style.