The Top Ten Most Durable Skate Shoes – 2020
- by Nick Demaria
- October 13, 2020
It’s the year 2020, and everything feels as though it’s falling apart. The last thing you need when you’re out trying to blow off some steam is for your skate shoes to fall apart as well! Have no fear. Here is a comprehensive list of the top ten most durable skate shoes that will take you and your board into 2021 and beyond.
Of course, this list will include the likely suspects, but hopefully, it will open your eyes to some other excellent possibilities as well. Each shoe offers different pros and cons, so this list will come in no particular order – so make sure to read to the end, or you might miss some hidden gems.
Not a huge surprise, right? These shoes have been around for a while and have an excellent reputation at this point. No wonder, as they have been honed for performance- so they are your best friend when it comes to that frontside flip you’ve been trying to perfect. The grip is noteworthy, and they keep your feet nice and cool.
How can we mention the Reynolds without touching on the Dissent? Arguably not quite as popular as the Reynolds- they do have the advantage of grabbing your heel nicely. These would be the shoes for you if you often find yourself developing friction blisters around your heels.
Okay, I know what you are thinking, “clunkers”. I get it. But the truth is, these really are great shoes for the price! Decent durability for sure. If money is an issue, you are getting a lot of shoe for your cash, so why not give them a try? After all, this style of skate shoe is what paved the way in the 90’s.
If durable but heavy shoes are not your thing, then look no further than the Cole lite. The word lite in the name is by no means a coincidence. DC has made sure to make them both light and comfy with the right amount of grip to the skateboard at the same time, so you can get on with your tricks and forget about your shoes. They also have great flexibility. Maybe not top of the list when it comes to being durable, but still up there.
These slip-on style skate shoes are the ones you want with you on a long day of high impact skating. They look great. They feel great. Additionally, they have multiple upgrades from the original Kyle Walker Pro model.
These shoes have not only been around longer than most of us have been alive, but they are so incredible that they could just about skate on their own. The Accel Slim is the new and improved version of the classic shoes we all know and love. Es has simultaneously made them less bulky and more durable. They also increased the board feel, but you still have that awesome grip and design! Not to mention tons of colorways to choose from. The best-looking shoe for miles and a must-have for the technical skater.
We can’t really talk about durability without mentioning Vans now, can we? These come to the top of my list in terms of grip and longevity, not to mention the style factor. This shoe is the Jack of all trades and a great all-rounder.
Obviously! Etnies are an extremely successful skate shoe manufacturer for a reason. They make excellent shoes. The Marana Michelin are must-have shoes for any serious skater that values durability. Why? The rubber used on the soles has been formulated by the famous tire making company Michelin. When it comes to trusted companies, with this pair of shoes you are getting two for the price of one. Buy these shoes or regret it forever.
Say hello to one of the toughest shoes produced by Adidas. Trust me; you do not want to go up against these bad boys in a fight. They have a hard-wearing, tear-resistant textile and a rubber cupsole with a pivot point for optimal grip. Skateboard pro approved (Dennis Busenitz if you are wondering). If long sessions of street skating are your thing, then these are worth considering.
Obviously, the Dunk Low’s would make this list. Nike Dunk Low is probably one of the most well known and iconic skate shoe silhouette. They have made a great name for themselves, and everything you’ve heard is true. They have the added advantage of fitting well if your foot is on the slightly wider side. They may be somewhat pricier than others in this list but, in my opinion, worth the money. However, you may not want to skate them due to the insane resell values on some of the colorways.
So there you have it. You are armed with the knowledge that you need to choose the right shoe for you. Go forth and buy the shoes that will help you get to the next level with your skating!