Could This Sample Adidas Model Be The Evolution Of The Rubber Toe?


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?


  1. AverageSizedPenis

    November 8, 2016 5:25pm

    Make it full rubber and fuck the streets up #NoRawDawg #CondomSeries

  2. Moon

    November 8, 2016 5:34pm

    wtf is that?! EW

  3. Junior

    November 8, 2016 5:35pm

    It looks too much TBH but then again it’s a sample shoe.

  4. RossDailey

    November 8, 2016 5:42pm

    ADI-Ease Everlast

  5. Matt

    November 8, 2016 6:18pm

    It’ll be cool when they make the rubber match the suede so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

  6. Cedric

    November 8, 2016 6:33pm

    Why not just print the three strips on to the shoe itself, add an underlaying protective wall behind the painted strips and a bit of a toe cap. Cause let’s get real here, this shoe is hidious. It may skate good but aesthetic wise it’s ass.

  7. Luis

    November 8, 2016 6:54pm

    These are beautiful, I would buy for sure.

  8. stephen barrett

    November 8, 2016 7:23pm

    love how the rubber dips right where my ollie hole usually shoes up…

  9. tomisrad

    November 8, 2016 9:00pm

    NO on rubbers No on 60!!!! Didn’t Airwalk do this in the late 80s with the VIC shoe or something? Put padding in the heel, move the stripes towards the heel or print them like Cedric says, and yeah. I would skate em. Probably stiff as a mutha though when you get them first.

    • RL's Anonymous Source

      November 9, 2016 3:06am

      Yeah, they stiff as hell still, but I’ve only skated them for two sessions. If the stripe didn’t continue under the rubber, they might not be so bad from the start.

  10. greg

    November 9, 2016 1:01am

    Damn, someone really went for it with this one. haha. Not feeling it – we can talk whenever it cools it on the ollie pad section.

  11. Clln

    November 10, 2016 2:23am


  12. Leo Launchdale

    November 10, 2016 1:46pm

    Yes rubber toe caps are more durable, but at the end of the day it’s the RUBBER that does it, not the aesthetic. Why not reinforce shoe toes with rubber UNDERNEATH suede/leather? More durable, and those of us who hate the look of rubber toe caps don’t have to suffer.


      November 14, 2016 7:43am

      Most skate shoe companies have a rubber underlay in their shoes. Vans Dura Cap for example.

  13. jasminder

    November 11, 2016 3:41am

    i mean, a black/black colourway would be cool

  14. Ramón

    November 11, 2016 4:29pm

    They look fucking sick

  15. my name jeff

    November 14, 2016 6:10pm

    No thanks.

  16. Hot Carl

    November 16, 2016 8:45pm

  17. Gitchyaowns

    December 7, 2016 12:35pm

    Too close to the éS Swift. #tryagain

  18. Rob

    December 12, 2016 5:34pm

    Oh dear god.
    They look like correctional footwear.

  19. Rick

    December 31, 2016 11:00am

    No idea why but after seeing the image an old conse shoe came to mind when they tried to go tech with kenny anderson. I would never purchase these, they look horrible IMO. But I certainly understand trying, since everything seems to have been done at this point in the shoe game.

  20. Oliver

    November 12, 2017 10:30pm

    In the Dill Epicly Later’d, you can see this shoe and another new shoe in the background during Na-kel’s interview.


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