HUF comes correct with its newest offering for Fall ’16: a classic court shoe silhouette with a few special details. The Boyd sits on a low profile cupsole, which gives better than average protection without sacrificing boardfeel. Often with cupsoles, the sole is thick, bulky and inflexible, but the Boyd’s outsole is thinner than most models, providing the protection and durability of a cup, but without the break-in blisters.
Another interesting characteristic of the Boyd is the blind seams on the shoe’s sidewalls. The stitches are on the inside and are not exposed to the abrasion from the griptape. A seemingly obvious design advantage for skate shoes, but one that is underutilized.
The sole is made of HUF’s Infinity Rubber, a harder, more durable rubber meant to last longer than the average outsole. This creates a shoe meant for long term use, but the first few kickflips may feel foreign since the rubber is a bit less grippy than softer outsoles. Also, the tread is almost completely flat, which is another oddity in skate shoes, but wears in quickly. Once it does, the sole feels stable and as grippy if not more than the average shoe.
- Breaks in quickly
- Roomy forefoot area, snug heel
- HUF’s “Infinity Rubber” outsole
- Removable insole
- Blind seams