In a world of pro models, it could be difficult for a team model to find any popularity. The shoe itself isn’t endorsed by any one person, instead relying on a good aesthetic, word of mouth praising, proper fit and optimal skate-ability. The HUF Soto meets all of these requirements and is our Pick Of The Month for April 2016.
This new team model sports a classic design atop a traditional cupsole with exposed stitching throughout the sole – a timed memento to simpler times in skateboarding shoe design. By no means does this throwback insinuate poor quality, as the HUF Soto pushes progression with their new Infinity Rubber. Made of a specialized formula, the density of this rubber is softer, which increases traction and ensures a stickier grip. The tread pattern isn’t as deep as the standard in skate footwear, but because of this special compound, a loss of traction will become a second thought when skating the Soto.
A classic one piece toe design is ideal for skating, due to its lack of seams or entry points, and the same can be said for the Soto. The only difference with this team model is that the toe is significantly shorter than what we know as the standard today. A shorter toe will allow for a more precise and faster flick, so expect to hear few complaints. You can find this true to size model debuting in Light Ash, White and Black White.