Straye Reveals Their Debut Line

Straye’s initial offering, out now.

Anticipation has been building for Straye, who have hit the market with their unapologetic approach and their almost-hard-to-believe price point. Aside from utilizing each rider’s heritage, Straye appears to be pushing their branding with sly, off-cuff humor. From their not-so-serious insole details – “Comfy AF AcidDrop™ removable insoles with bouncy bounce Bounceology” – to their playful Grey Birdie design, it looks like Straye is abiding by their rules and not the standards of the industry.

Currently, their site holds true to their promise of maintaining a price point all their own. The cheapest model comes in the form of the Ventura ($40), a canvas upper Slip-On with high foxing tape and an AcidDrop™ removeable insole. There’s no details as to whether the canvas has a rubber-backing beneath it, but it is ideal for those looking for a Vegan-friendly option.

Second in their price structure is the Fairfax ($44), a chukka-styled low top featuring a canvas upper. Lastly, the high top model that most have seen circulated throughout social media is named the Venice ($48). It features a branded rubber toe for extended durability and padded cushioning throughout the collar.

Straye’s Venice in Black Bone Suede. Coming soon…

The models aren’t necessarily groundbreaking in terms of design, but are affordable. The only thing potentially worrisome about their current approach is that they’re selling an imagery and a tone that consumers may already recognize from other brands. With their current line hosting nothing but canvas upper’s at the moment, it does appear the pricing will stay true on suede options, judging by the previews on their site. If that’s the case, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.


  1. Phred Felps

    July 26, 2017 10:02pm

  2. bulbolito

    July 29, 2017 12:16am

    Yep, we’ve seen these shoes before, the only difference is the price. To bring the prices of these shoes low, am sure they cut corners somewhere, so don’t expect them to last.

  3. José

    August 1, 2017 8:22pm

    When it comes to materials I’m not too worried. I use after market insoles and shoe goo. My only question/concern is the issue of labor. It’s cool if Jamie and his partners take a hit on profit, as long as the people making the shoes are making a decent wage, and definitely if kids aren’t involved in the manufacturing. But this is the skate shoe industry, it’s been built off sweat shops and unfair labor practices. No company better than Nike to be the leader. (I await being told to stfu or “Who cares?” or whatever the ignorant skater of today has to say)


    August 3, 2017 4:03pm

    These look like a clone of every shoe out there. Nothing new or exciting here no variety just more thin chucktaylor rip offs. Sad because it seems like a great idea but bad execution.

  5. TooLowforZero

    August 4, 2017 9:56pm

    I’ve never wanted Jamie Thomas to have any of my money so this is an easy pass for me. I’m tired of his fad-chasing and lawyered-up answers in the face of criticism of how he treats his riders (Ex. Colden’s contract debacle). This guy won an Ernst and Young business award ten years ago and I’ve seen the $$ in his eyes since he was doing the gimmicky-shoeless thing in the 90s. Christianity was cool. Then bandanas. Then Chris Cole’s dyed-black coattails. He couldn’t even bother to spell Forrest Edwards’ name right before attempting to profit from his rise in popularity (I know Bratrud did the art but it’s JT’s company’s product). It’s great to hear guys on the Bunt take him to task (Tim O’Connor mentioned he told him to go easy on his skaters while MCing Tampa, and TJ Rogers stated he wouldn’t want him on a sesh. Crockett was merely polite.) for taking things too seriously. Reynolds, Carroll & Howard, and AVE & Dill are similar in that they have to run a company but for whatever reason they don’t have the corporate stink all over them. I know most everyone wants and needs some money, but JT’s posture as a businessperson is off-putting for me and always has been.

    • EyesRollin

      September 6, 2017 9:58pm

      Jamie Thomas starts a company selling quality shoes at a lower price point, and has the corporate stink over him. Jason Dill doesn’t have the corporate stink over him, but FA boards (and merchandise) are 50% more expensive than other equivalent products in my local shop, even boards from the same manufacturer, PS stix…. ok cool bro.

  6. tomisrad

    August 5, 2017 8:41pm

    vans-“cease and desist”

    totally made at their factory I mean…come one! and the etnies barge sole. But, you had me at 48 dollars and The Muska

  7. Piz

    August 6, 2017 11:50pm

    Pretty hideous

  8. Kaleb

    August 12, 2017 6:55am

    Tried these on at a local mall, good insole but pretty poorly built everywhere else. Defitnelty a pass.

    • Gaipa

      August 15, 2017 10:32pm

      Which stores carry them? I want to try on the F U Slips, but have always had a problem with sizing, Especially for the vans slips.

  9. Llon

    September 13, 2017 10:03pm

    Skatin a pair right now … theyre actually pretty damn good !


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