RL Recommends: HUF Boyd

Photo: Tyler Baron

Photo: Tyler Baron

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.

Photo: Andy Stoffo

Photo: Andy Stoffo

RECAP:

  • Breaks in quickly
  • Roomy forefoot area, snug heel
  • HUF’s “Infinity Rubber” outsole
  • Removable insole
  • Blind seams

Comments

  1. furiousmonad

    September 23, 2016 5:49pm

    Tried these on at the new HUF NYC Flagship store and they are definitely a good looking shoe. The roomy forefoot area referred to in the Recap above was not immediately apparent but there is definitely room for the shoe to break in at the widest part of the foot, which is indispensable for me. I ended up going with the Soto instead, but the Boyd has an edge in looks. I pray that we continue to see companies coming out with low profile cupsoles as they always end up feeling just right to me after a short break in period.

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    • GK

      October 12, 2016 8:09pm

      What is the length of the Boyd compared to the soto? I have Soto’s but they feel a half size too long (but the width is good). Do the Boyd’s and Soto’s feel like they are the same length?

  2. Dylan

    October 16, 2016 10:15pm

    Speaking of HUF….
    Are you not giving Dylan a tribute?
    I mean…he has done a lot for skateboarding and in the shoe game he change our perspective of a skate shoe also usable as a classy shoe….
    Come on guys…

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  3. GK

    November 15, 2016 3:24pm

    Do you know if the black mono Boyd’s are leather or suede? I know the White and Navy are leather but the black ones look different in pictures.

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    • fno

      March 2, 2017 12:13pm

      The black mono is suede; they offer a full grain leather version for a little more dough though.

  4. Matt

    January 16, 2017 4:27am

    So random question, and I know I’m about 4 months late to this post, so hopefully someone sees it. So, I wear a size 14 shoe. Upon the passing of Dylan Rieder (may he rest in peace), I had to buy a pair of his slip ons as a collectors item, but they ended up being one of my best fitting shoes. I’ve always loved Huf’s aesthetic, but was apprehensive about buying their shoes since they only make up to 13s. I can wear some Vans models (with a blister here and there depending on the width, no biggy) in size 13. I just need to know, would I be able to fit in a size 13 Huf shoe, whether it be a vulc or cupsole model? If anyone could help out a fellow shoe nerd, yearning for a functional shoe that looks damn good without a bunch of fat logos on it, I would be very grateful.

    And I apologize for the novel of a comment. Keep up the good work RL.

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    • Andy Stoffo

      February 14, 2017 4:39pm

      Depends on the shoe, Matt. Dylan’s HUF models are typically more narrow than the average shoe, so maybe skating them wouldn’t work for you. I have a wide forefoot, so it can be tough finding a shoe that fits snug, but also gives some room to move my toes around. The Boyd is roomier in the forefoot than most other HUF models and definitely worked for me.

  5. tae

    February 28, 2017 9:25pm

    Dylan had narrow feet, I saw that when one of the shoe designers was being interviewed.

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  6. Chris

    April 1, 2017 7:40am

    If I usually wear 10.5 but wear 10s in the cromer and prefer a more snug fit. Would 10s in the Boyd be too tight or just right?

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