Let’s be real! We are not short of options when it comes to skate shoes, with numerous brands and styles it can be hard to choose which ones are the best fit for you, your style of skating and everyday wear.
The right pair of skate shoes can give you better grip and change the board feel, as well as prevent injury with better support and impact protection. The shoe of choice should compliment your riding style but it also comes down to personal preference.
Here’s some of our favourite skate shoe brands at Stormies, to give you an ultimate guide in finding the best skate shoe for you and your style!
Nike SB footwear is known for being lightweight and comfortable, with good ventilation and minimal break-in time. Nike SB is a popular choice for many skaters because it allows for optimal level of board feel. Nike SB’s are a great choice for people with narrower feet.
Some of our top rated styles are:
1. SB Chron 2 Canvas Shoe
2. SB Shane Shoe
3. SB Chron 2 Shoe
DC’s are more padded than your average skate shoe and all feature that 90's look and feel. Being ultra padded has its benefits including being very comfortable and providing control whilst still remaining lightweight and breathable. DC’s are highly durable, with strong stitching they are a long lasting skate shoe. DC’s are also a great choice for skaters looking for some extra arch support.
Top DC Picks:
1. Crisis 2 Skate Shoes
2. Manual Suede Skate Shoes
3. Kalis Vulc Shoes
Vans are known for their iconic design, along with excellent board feel and grip from the Original Vans Waffle outsole. Vans also feature extra cushioning in the midsole through Duracap Reinforcement Rubber Underlays providing extra cushioning to increase impact absorption. Vans are also a great choice for skaters with narrower feet.
Top Vans Picks:
2. Vans Old Skool
3. Classic Slip-ons
Etnies are skate shoes known for their durability, they are some of the toughest skate footwear available. Many of their styles have a reinforced toe cap to extend the show through ollies and kickflips. Etnies also feature a padded tongue and collar, as well as a comfortable EVA midsole for extra support and comfort. The heavy-duty padding means any Etnies pick is a very stable shoe, providing skaters with excellent grip for the sickest tricks!
Top Etnies Picks:
1. Marana Michelin
3. Joslin Vulc