It’s no surprise or secret that skate shoes have been heavily inspired by court sneakers for some time, but after the return of the rubber toe in 2016, court-inspired models seem to be all the craze now in 2017.
We can’t blame brands for participating in this growing trend. After a serious influx of rubber over toes on countless skate shoes, there’s a collective sigh of relief when seeing a shoe like DC’s Astor. Not only is it modeled after a classic design, but its subtle design hints catch the eye quite nicely.
Traditionally, most court-inspired shoes fall into the vulcanized category and, as a result, are leaned out as much as possible. With the Astor, it’s quite the opposite. You should expect superior padding and protection with its cupsole foundation and large build. More so, the Astor is reminiscent of the #PuffySkateShoeComeback that we’ve been projecting for the last 2 years. It’s not an overly exaggerated puffy, but more of a modernized take on puffy skate shoes.
The blucher toe might scare you initially but, notably, DC’s designers addressed this common mistake made by other brands. Not only are the sidewalls taller than most skate shoes, but the eyestay is a bit higher up on the shoe as a means of preventing abrasion on the laces. You can also expect a new outsole with these sidewalls, as well as DC’s Impact-I technology for maximum comfort and shock absorption.
The premium pair, which normally includes leather materials throughout the upper, will retail for $90. Otherwise, you should expect the standard Super Suede versions to retail for a more than reasonable $70.