Whether you wear them for style or performance, men’s skateboarding shoes have a certain look and feel that you just can’t get with other types of shoes. You might need skate shoes because you’re actually a skater. You might want them because you like the way they look. Either way, KicksUSA has a wide selection available for anyone who wants to lace up a fresh pair of skateboarding shoes.
What’s the Difference Between Skate Shoes and Other Sneakers?
If you’re a skater, you don’t technically need skate shoes. You don’t need to have Vans or Converse that are known for skate shoes. You could wear slippers for all anyone cares, but that’s like wearing football cleats to play tennis—it’s just bad form and you’ll regret it in the long run.
Smart skaters look for shoes that are flat, have some grip and wide soles. These aspects of skate shoes help skaters to have a better feel on board as they ride. Shoes with thin material, like Vans, give skaters more control as they maneuver or do tricks. The wide soles give you more stability on the board, and the extra grip will help keep you on it securely.
Some skate shoes have extra padding on the sides, and look like puffy, low-top boots. The puff is for extra protection for you feet. Some shoes still have this, and while it’s become a staple of skate style through the years, lately skaters favor the thinner, Vans-style skate shoes.
To reiterate, you don’t need skate shoes to ride a skateboard. It’s not like trying to play hockey without skates. But having the right shoes does make skateboarding a lot easier.
Skate Shoes for Style
A lot of people who wear skateboarding shoes aren’t actually skaters. Especially since the resurgence of Vans, men’s skateboarding shoes have made a big comeback in the world of casual style.
There’s a few obvious reasons for this. The first is that they’re aesthetically pleasing. Something about the concise look of a pair of Vans makes them perfect to wear with a t-shirt and jeans for a more casual look.
The second is that they’re comfortable. Skate shoes are meant to be more form-fitting than other casual sneakers. They allow for better foot control on a skateboard, and this aspect is noticeable even if you’re just walking around your neighborhood. As time wears on, the fit becomes even better.
The third is that they are versatile. Vans, for example, come in a ton of different colorways and styles like high-top shoes, low-top shoes and chukka-style boots. They’re easy to wear with any number of outfits and through any season. You can go with Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers or something more bold like checkerboard slip ons, depending upon your style and personality.
Find Your Skate Style
Even if you never rode a skateboard in your life, if you like the style, you should go for it. Sneakers are for everyone, and just because you’re not a skater doesn’t mean you can’t add some skate style to your repertoire.
On the flipside, there’s a whole group of people who actually are skaters and use these shoes for their intended purpose—skateboarding. That doesn’t mean it’s an exclusive club, though. Think about how many people own Jordans and never once take them to the basketball court.
Find your skate style and embrace whatever shoes stand out to you. KicksUSA has the selection to guide you there.