A Guide To The Best Up-And-Coming Velcro Strapped Skate Shoes

Fun fact: That old man was skating the bench before taking a break.

Chances are you’ve been noticing a subtle trend in 2017: Velcro straps.

Not since 2016 have we been anticipating such a resourceful trend. With skaters burnt on the excessive amount of rubber toe shoes, something like a Velcro strap seems refreshing and concerning altogether. When any product significantly changes a skateboarder’s aesthetic, many questions are left lingering in the air. These Velcro-strapped skate shoes prompt queries that we witnessed during the still lingering rubber toe period: “Will I look like a baby? Can I pull this off? Do I look like an idiot?”, etc…

But with this freight train of a trend approaching quickly, you’ll more than likely witness your friends and acquaintances preparing themselves for what will be trying times. Luckily, there are a number of Velcro-backed models for you to choose from when attempting to acclimate yourself to this sea change.


Rowan’s take on a classic. The Old Skool V – $70

Of the limited options, Rowan’s velcro take on the classic Old Skool is probably the most subtle. The all-black colorway eases any skater into wearing shoes that essentially suggest “I’m too lazy to tie my shoes” – but if worn at night, no one will notice. Even if you’re caught wearing them, the mysticism of the Vans well-known checkerboard pattern will save you from any criticism.

Fun fact: you can have both of skateboarding’s most resourceful trends in one shoe.


Nike SB Blazer Low AC Numbers – $85

Nike SB throws their hat into the race with a Numbers-backed collaboration featuring their trusted Blazer Low. Of all the options, the Blazer Low AC X Numbers features the most ambitious colorways – and we refer to them as “ambitious” considering these palette choices blatantly showcase the velcro straps rather than going with the all black look. Given the Blazer’s admiration, expect skateboarders to bravely adjust to these or spray paint them all black until they become accepted amongst the skate community.


Adidas & their never-released Velcro Matchcourt.

Back in 2016, the likes of Tyshawn and Na-Kel were weartesting a Matchcourt featuring velcro straps. And yes, while we’re well aware of the Vans Style #23, Adidas embraced the idea of incorporating Velcro-strapped skate shoes before other brands decided to pull the trigger in what is now the peak of this very trendy trend. Will these eventually find their way onto skateboarder’s feet? Only time will tell if a Velcro Matchcourt will find itself out of the sampling stage…


Potentially coming out for FA’17, éS Square Hi.

While all other brands opted for a safe low top silhouette, éS went high with their Square Hi. With inspiration coming from their heritage Theory 1.5 model, this vulcanized offering sticks out against the competition. Despite it’s very “16 year old mall skater” feel, this hybrid model could potentially make waves for combining traditional laces and a lace protection with a rubber-backed strap. Moreover, ankle protection makes this the most versatile “strapped” model amongst the trendy competition.

Final thought
Strapped skate shoes are nothing new to skating, so regardless of feeling timid when wearing them, embrace it and they’ll pay back in dividends. Sure, you’ll need to get past that awkward phase of initially wearing them, but once you realize that you won’t have to be carrying around another pair of laces, you’ll probably be a lifer (no pun intended).


  1. tae

    April 10, 2017 6:08pm

    Yeah, not new. I remember seeing some Vans prison issue, which looked like a chuck taylor ox with velcro.

    • Titty Boi

      April 10, 2017 7:15pm

      They never claimed this was some new groundbreaking thing, Nick. Did you even read the article?

  2. Nick

    April 10, 2017 6:40pm

    Just picked up the Blazers last Sunday and I love them. I’ve tried on the Old Skools and felt the Velcro didn’t add to the shoe but instead take away from their overall feel.

  3. Brandon

    April 10, 2017 7:49pm

    I want those hookups converse slip-ons to come out. I remember a preview post awhile ago.

  4. Boaty

    April 10, 2017 8:54pm

    Nike shoe designer: Yo, Koston what do you want the Numbers shoe to look like.
    Koston: Straight jackets they wear at the psych ward fam
    Nike shoe designer: Say no more

  5. Oliver

    April 11, 2017 9:49am

    I’m not sure about the Blazer or the Old Skools myself, they just look too much like prison wear or hospital staff shoes or something, maybe that’s just me. I do like the Janoski velcro models though, why they only have those extortionately priced versions out I’ll never know especially considering the sheer amount of Janoski models they make in general; mid, air max, lunar, max mid, slip on, elite…

  6. Skatingwolf666

    April 11, 2017 2:26pm

    I have 2 pair of the janoski slip on and I actually skated a pair they weren’t half bad but hopefully they would make strap rubber toe cap shoe soon just like those old vision I seen on the internet the slip on with rubber patch those things look skate worthy

  7. Shuh

    April 14, 2017 4:17pm

    So i brought the rowan strap on a whim, they actually looked really good. Then i asked my 18 year old work mate how she felt about it she says it looks ok, so atleast your in with the young kids haha

  8. tino

    May 11, 2017 10:15pm

    …. this is why I love Shelltoes.

  9. Dream Girl

    June 6, 2017 8:38pm

    Any of those look like 16 year old mall skater shoes. eS isn’t alone there


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