Make ‘Em A Mid: The 2016 Debut Edition


The often underutilized Mid is the ugly older sister of skate shoes.

Comparative to her low-cut and more attractive lightweight counterpart, it’s heavier, has an air of security with its helpful collar (too safe = boring), and usually costs more. The Mid is undeniably underappreciated but, from time to time, you’ll find yourself needing a sturdy pair after its younger sister trips you up and assists you in rolling your ankle, effectively breaking your heart.

But what happens when your favorite skate shoe doesn’t come in a Mid? I mean, you’re too stubborn and scared (with good reason) to acclimate yourself to a stranger of a shoe, so what are you to do?

It’s with this all-too-common situation in mind that we took actions into our own hands and made some of our favorite skate shoes into Mids.

Best case scenario: They get made and we all skate with security in our hearts.
Worst case scenario: Ice the hurt ankle, get an ankle sleeve like Leo Romero in “Kids In Emerica,” and make it work. #PssshDedication

April’s POTM is indeed a sturdy cupsole that doesn’t need much tinkering, but if we could ask for one favor it would be to have this popular team model come in the form of a Mid. The HUF Soto has all the lasting elements of any durable skate shoe, but if a Mid collar were added, it would make this shoe perfect.


Lucas Puig’s latest pro model has been proven as his best signature model to date, but staying in the theme of this article, we feel as though a Mid upgrade would suit it well. Perhaps its Mid form would only accentuate its already stellar style with additional accents.


Being one of the more padded options of 2016, K-Walks’ debut pro model doesn’t need too many alterations. Vans’ Ultracush HD insole is beloved for its ability to take the most severe impacts, and with heavy impacts come the potential for rolled ankles. A Pro Mid version would complement an already great shoe to a higher echelon. Plus, we’re willing to bet that Kyle would be able to play with additional color hits with a Mid.

Which skate shoe do you wish would come in a Mid?


  1. R Lekkerkerker

    October 18, 2016 8:22am

    Huf Dylan Slip in a mid!

  2. Bigwig

    October 18, 2016 5:02pm

    Emerica figgy as a mid. I’m imagining it looking something like “the situation” model and it somehow is as secure around the ankle as it is on the top of your foot. Perhaps with a hidden sock thing like the new es sal.

  3. Joel Weichbrodt

    October 20, 2016 12:41am

    I just caught the “psssh dedication” reference. That’s super funny.

  4. jordick

    October 20, 2016 5:16am

    The Lucas Pro from like 2011 gets my vote. It would look great with a ctas hi style collar

  5. That one guy

    October 25, 2016 11:06pm

    The Soto in a mid would be good….if it had a mesh tongue and a rounded sole like Guy’s last shoe on Lakai and some tongue centering straps. They feel solid but, my ankles feel like they’re going to roll with a misstep in them.

  6. Swash

    December 4, 2016 7:04am

    If they made a K.Walks mid with a half cab style collar I’d get a pair immediately.

  7. Ross Dailey

    November 3, 2018 7:15am

    Unfortunately, the Lucas Mid that Adidas actually put out was in no was as cool as the possibility shown here.

    Miss the RL posts.


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