There’s no doubt that the #ReturnOfTheRubberToe has extended its stay, and many skateboarders have now found themselves tired of this functional yet overdone trend. The only question now is where do we go from here? Is there more room to expand on the application of rubber on skate shoes? Is it dead already? Or should skateboarders everywhere remind themselves of life before the durability of these bulbous shoes before cursing them any longer?
With all these questions hanging in the balance, we received photos from an anonymous source of what could be the next function of the rubber toe. While we’ve all seen the side ollie bumper and mandatory toe coverage separately, this unique shape provides collective protection that every skateboarder needs within a shoe.
From what we can tell, these Adi-Eases have been beefed up with a one piece application throughout the bottom half of the shoe. Normally, rubber toe models have a regular sole, and then a rubber toe/sidewall added underneath- leaving two layers to a shoe. The construction of this model leaves no layers and makes for a more seamless skate shoe.
Yes, the rubber toe has been done by every footwear company under the sun, but its oversaturation should probably be celebrated instead of loathed considering how much it’s saved you from having to buy another pair of shoes. More on the possible release of this prototype model in the near future.
More importantly, are you into this shoe or not?