Stock For The Winter, Spend It In Spring – Pt 3

Who will you spend those racks on?

Who will you spend those racks on?

Ripped Laces cannot be held accountable for jinxing anything, but it seems like Mother Nature has finally brought us the warmer weather we’ve been craving. And although this east coast rain is a bitch, Austyn Gillette is good role model of how #teamhandsome deals with rain. Don’t ever let torrential downpours stop you from skating effortlessly in a slippery concrete park…

So, now that you’re ready to skate under sun until you can’t feel your legs, what are some more shoes we can’t help but recommend?

The Vincent.

The Vincent Alvarez pro model may help you skate at higher speeds.

Lakai: Ever since Lakai’s manufacturing shift, the quality of their product has increased ten fold, and their Spring 2014 line follows suit. Like always we like to start off with a vulc, and our top choice is easily the Lakai Alvarez pro model. The shoe can certainly take a beating especially with its raised foxing tape, and it sturdy beyond belief thanks to that Griffin outsole. If you’ve seen our joint review with Homage, then keep in mind that this is one of the heavier vulc shoes on the market. What’s the benefit of this? You’re feet wont be aching after a long sesh–these shoes will protect your feet at all costs.

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The BB4, at a reasonable $75

On the cupsole side of things, the BB4, Brandon Biebel’s newest pro model may be the best choice for ya. He’s finally kissed goodbye paneled toe caps, which, while classic, are hard to make well/sell well. The new BB4 has a sleek silhouette and a shit ton of technology packed into it. Tons of ventilation, XLK outsole, and poron underneath the insole (A material used in high impact sports such as Hockey). It’s light, durable, and good looking. Be wary, if you slip these bad boys on, you may feel obligated to start working out daily and smoking absurd amounts of weed.

***Disclaimer – you will never be able to have Biebel’s muscle mass while still being able to skate. He is a phenomena*** Read More

First 5-Hours with the NB# Stratford 479

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Because of its fast break-in time, we wasted no time abusing the Stratford 479 in every way possible. Here’s our results after 5-Hours of kickflips, ollies, heelflips, etc..

Call it luck or what have you but the winter weather that was tormenting us this past week is finally holding up in order to review this Stratford 479. Yes, admittingly, we’re a little late to the party considering that this model has already become a favorite amongst some of our friends, but for those who’re still apprehensive, we’re here to clear the air. First and foremost, there’s a reason why the Stratford 479 is constantly seen on PJ Ladd’s feet. In the very first hour of skating them, they have gained our praise to the point where our verdict on the shoe stands as such: they’re fucking awesome. The Stratford 479 will put any and all preconceived notions of ours and critics to the side with just 1-hour of skating. We’re certain of it.

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The rubber from the sole seems to break-in quicker than normal but by no means are we counting it out. From our experience, the toe’s life will be prolonged once the suede comes into play.

As one of the premiere models out of the New Balance Numeric line, the Stratford 479 has given us every quality we can ask for. The fit is snug but not overwhelming, the flick is supreme and the tread pattern isn’t bad at all considering its straightforward design. If we had to describe it any other way, we’d say that the Stratford feels like an extension of your foot rather than a shoe on your foot. For a cupsole design, there’s a ton of board feel and more than enough support for those with a wide and/or narrow foot. As with every shoe, you should expect some break-in time but the normality of that is comfortably 1-3 days. The Stratford 479 takes about 20 minutes to break-in in comparison and after that, the shoe remarkably converts to the shoe you want it to be.

For the time being, the Stratford’s are holding up better than we expected. For our initial 5-hours of skating, we didn’t expect to be so pleased with a product that everyone had already signed off as ‘horrible’.

Word on the street is that PJ is already in the process of designing his first pro model for NB#. If we had to guess, he won’t stray too far from the Stratford 479 DNA considering how often he’s seen skating them. How this shoe can get any better is beyond us but we’re all for surprises. Can NB# pull it off or will they bite off more than they can chew? Expect to find out come SP’15.

Ryan Gallant Talks Leaving Shoe Sponsors, East Coast Skating & Missing Dunkin Donuts

After watching his recent Da Playground part, skate nerds (including ourselves) gasped when we saw Ryan Gallant skating in some New Balance Numerics. As trivial as it may seem, it meant that he was going to be the newest Pro announced to the team, right? No. As we came to find out, Ryan’s been skating whatever kinds of shoes he wants after leaving his longtime spot at Circa. Initially, we just wanted to ask him whether he had plans to be on NB# but it turned into a bigger interview than we had intended. Enjoy.

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Everyone’s been asking us, how did those NB#’s end up on your feet in your Honor Roll Part?
Well, basically, I’ve been off of Circa for a few months. I’ve been just buying Vans for a while after I was off Circa. After a while, I wanted to start figuring things out because I never really had to ask people for shoes but at the same time, no one knew that I was off Circa. I got John Rattray’s number through our mutual friends and I just hit him up because I knew he was doing NB#. I asked him for some shoes and he was like “Absolutely”. I was going to Da Playground that weekend to film my part and just brought those shoes with me.

I heard that you filmed your Honor Roll part at Da Playground within 2 days. Is that true?
No, it wasn’t 2 days. I think I did that in maybe 4 or 5 days, tops. They had my ticket out there for like 9 or 10 days but I can’t do that many days inside a skatepark because I get over it pretty quick. I’d wake up around 11am, go skate throughout the day and figure out what I wanted to do.

What was the hardest trick for you to film for that part?
I don’t know. Sometimes it’s the easier tricks that are the harder ones. Maybe, the front blunt on that flat bar was the hardest. I would just fly right into the wall when I was trying to come off of it. Originally, I wanted to revert out of it or try to shuv it out but I was over it after getting the make. I didn’t even want to use that clip but it ended up in there anyways. That was probably harder than everything else in my Honor Roll part.

Hardflip Wallride. Photo: M.Daughters.

Hardflip Wallride. Photo: M. Daughters.

Let’s go back to NB# for a sec. It’s a new skate shoe brand and it plays so well with your heritage seeing as how both you and the brand are from Boston. Is it kinda like a dream come true?
I mean, it’s cool. So far I just got one box from them. We haven’t talked about being on the team or anything, but like you said about them being from Boston; it’s just like something I would want to skate in. Plus, PJ’s backing them too. I remember living out in the suburbs and my dad worked in Boston and we would drive to the city everyday and he would drop me off to go skate and New Balance was right off the side of the Mass Pike right there. It’s funny because he’d always joke about it when I was younger and say “Why don’t you go in there and try to get something going with New Balance?” and this was around the time that Nike was just coming into the game. [laughs] It was always funny and now they’re actually doing their skateboarding program with PJ and all those other dudes. So far, it’s just a box though.

How do you feel about those NB#’s?
I do like NB# but at the same time I gotta thank HUF because they just sent me boxes too. So y’know, this could just as well be an interview about why I was skating in HUF’s I guess. Like I said, I’m not on either team but of course it would be cool. Right now, I’m just skating different shoes. But I do like Vans, HUF and NB#. Read More

Leaked: NB# Emerson 357

This eS Koston-inspired model is the Emerson 357.

This eS Koston-inspired model is the Emerson 357.

Okay, so we were under the impression that it would’ve taken anywhere between 3-weeks to a month of solid digging to get the other photo of the unauthorized NB# model that we weren’t allowed to document but instead, it only took 2 days. Thanks to some contributors of the site & a simple google search of ‘New Balance Numeric’ (go figure), the Emerson 357 is here for your viewing pleasure. This time around, it wasn’t the prying eyes of social media that brought out the first photo of the Emerson 357 but our friends at ATBShop in the Uk.

See the resemblance....?

The inspiration from the paneling is undeniable. See the resemblance….?

As we stated before, the Emerson 357 is based on some 90′s nostalgic footwear & if you have any knowledge of 90′s skateboarding footwear, it’s clear as day that this shoe is inspired by the eS Koston 1. Where NB# dropped the ball in using the popularity & return of the runner toe à la early-2000′s for the Allston 616, they’ve collectively saved themselves from designing boring shoes & in the process, gained admiration from older skaters by using some historic designs towards the Emerson 357. We’re not saying that it’s a complete knockoff of the Koston 1, but you’ll definitely hear ‘Ayo, doesn’t that shoe remind you of the eS Koston 1′s? I had like 4 pairs of those!’ from a 30+ yr old in skate shops this Spring ’14.

Hopefully the Emerson 357 will appeal to a new generation of younger skaters, otherwise, NB# might be forced to put this silhouette onto one of their cupsoles & target it towards the same 30+ skaters who are tired of waiting on eS’ long awaited return.

Along with the leaked photo of the Emerson 357, ATBShop has some beautifully shot photos of the Stratford 479 & a full grain leather Logan 637.

Leaked: NB# Allston 616

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Remember our NB# Agenda sneak peek?
In that article, we mentioned two models that no one had permission to take photos of. Not even our sneaky antics could get pass the reps at the NB# booth. Luckily for us, Instagram & other forms of social media have made getting unauthorized photos 10x’s easier. It just takes some stalking lurking expertise.

Of those two models that we mentioned, the Allston 616 ended up online even though skater’s have vocalized their urge to see the other eS Koston 1-inspired model instead. It’ll only be a matter of time before that model ends up online too. As of right now, the Allston 616 has already received a thumbs down consensus by the posters on SLAP but we’re curious to see what you think. This Allston 616 is said to be inspired by the NB620 model & while that may be the intention, rather than looking like brothers, they resemble distant cousins more than anything. Y’know, like the weird kind that think it’s okay to make out…

Unlike pale white teens trying to bronze in an attempt to look attractive, the Allston 616 cannot improve with a simple sun tan.

Unlike pale white teen girls trying to bronze in an attempt to look attractive, the Allston 616 cannot improve with a simple sun tan.

With the runner toe making it’s unforeseen return, this could’ve been a great opportunity for NB# to push the runner toe from the 620 onto the Allston 616. If anything, it could’ve served as an homage towards era-2000 skate shoes & overnight, NB# would’ve won over some apprehensive OG’s in the process. While this model is expected to release in Spring of 2014, there still could be some time in between now & then for the designers to go back into the kitchen & make this model look better. Just from our POV, the Allston 616 look bulky & the vamp can certainly be lowered to give off a sleeker look. Hopefully some changes are made to practically resemble the 620, otherwise, it appears that this shoe will only appeal to skateboarder’s grandparents & aging dads attempting to hold onto their youth. We’re guessing that the price tag will be anywhere between 80-95 bucks.