Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Top 6 New Skateboarding Shoes for Summer 2010

* Thanks to Underworld Skateshop for today's guest post.

Your shoes are everything, and you should never settle for anything less than outstanding when it comes to choosing your footwear. Comfortable, flexible, durable, stylis,h and professionally tested: all qualities to consider when browsing the stores and shelves. The following are 6 of the best skate shoes to choose from this year’s summer selection. Why 6? you might be asking yourself, why not 5 or 10? ‘Cause we’re crazy like that, that’s why.

Etnies Malto

With phenom Sean Malto finally getting his own skate shoe, the sleek design of the new Etnies Malto will be making its way to skate parks everywhere this summer. A vulcanized double wrap outsole combined with a polyurethane footbed allow for the Malto to be everything you could ever want in a skate shoe. The style and swagger of Sean Malto is reproduced in shoe form through a platinum G2 insole designed to protect your feet from any harsh obstacles. The patented Etnies E-Suede returns with the Malto, as it serves to provide the feel and durability you need to control your board.

Adidas Busenitz

Only a handful of professional skaters are lucky enough to have their own sponsorship deal with Adidas, and the legendary Dennis Busenitz is now one of them. The breathable tongue and skate-specific sock liner allow for moisture to wick away instead of laying on your foot. Reportedly inspired by the look of one of Busenitz's favorite childhood soccer cleats, the skating variety is both comfortable and durable to ensure that you are able to perform at the highest levels on the board. Skaters will also find a Germanic badge on the insole of the shoe, which gives the Adidas Busenitz that extra feel of European authenticity.

DC H2Zero Alias

With a perfect tread for walking, running and of course skating, the versatile DC H2Zero Alias is designed to resist water, snow and slush, making them ideal for the transitional seasons by keeping those precious little feet of yours dry. The low-cut style of the DC shoes certainly adds flexibility, but it will render the water-resistant oil nubuck, the heavy-duty water-resistant mesh, and the internal tongue gussets to stop water seepage useless if you decide to go trudging through any deep snow. But with summer right around the corner, you can wear these shoes anywhere.

Nike SB Stefan Janoski

From Nike SkateBoarding comes Stefan Janoski's own, personally recommended shoe. This low-profile shoe can be worn as soon as you get them home. Some extra padding and a vulcanized sole allow for the ultimate in comfort while not sacrificing any of the feel that is necessary to compete at the highest levels. The leather laces allow for the shoes to be quickly and easily tied but still ensures that they will stay tied. The suede upper part of the shoe accentuates the cool, laid back persona of the shoe's inspiration.

Fallen Slash

Brian "Slash" Hansen finally got to design his own shoe, and he did not disappoint. With foam padding around the collar and tongue, the shoe gives the skater a great deal of comfort while still allowing them to maintain the feel and grip that is so highly sought. A rubberized outsole and vulcanized sole gives the Slash the tackiness and feel that only professional skateboarders were able to enjoy until now. The EVA insole also provides additional cushioning for the skater who needs a little bit more support in this area.

Vans AV6

Two of the best selling shoes in the history of Vans are put together to present the world of skateboarding the Vans AV6. Part Era and part Old Skool, Vans outdid themselves this time with a concoction that is sure to leave your feet begging you for more. The padded collar and tongue provides all of the additional support that is necessary for continued success. The waffle tread on the well-gripping outsole is textbook Vans and gives skaters some extra grip when they need it most. OrthoLite footbeds also help to create an extra layer of protection between you and the ground while also helping to let moisture find its way out of the shoe.

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