Disclaimer: Our list isn’t like many others. This list is compiled of shoes that had to come out in 2015. No previous releases or updated colorways count, had to be a new shoe for 2015. Also, we’re basing ours off of numerous aspects. Durability, design, technology, innovation, popularity and comfortability all come into play with this list. Lastly, this list was made possible from all of our reviews, contributors and data.
If 2014 was about having “tech” models, then 2015 was about nothing more than durability. Every shoe brand in skateboarding pushed and developed their product to the highest threshold and it showed. 2015 also evened the playing field with the return of the rubber toe cap. While this technology belongs to no one brand, some are doing it in different ways to keep consumers interested- but can this saturated process overwhelm skater’s and push them into another direction entirely? Only 2016 has that answer.
Durability has always been important in skate footwear but was key this year. If we weren’t busy finding out what shoe was practically indestructible, we were looking for the surprises along the way. For instance, all of the reissues that took place this year pleased the masses like never before, and if we had to guess, maybe 2016 will highlight this oncoming trend even more. With 2015 coming to a close, we’re excited for all things 2016. Thanks for checking out RL during this year. Hope to see you around in 2016.
-RL Team Of Nerds