Your skate shoes can look simple and choose them even more. But, think again! Our blog explains to you from A to Z the construction of a skateboard shoe to make the right choice with our team. There are a multitude of possibilities between types of outsole, insole and lining materials, not to mention the different fits and heights.
In this blog, we will focus on outsole, insole and liner materials/construction.
For a good pair of skate shoes, you will need these elements:
1. Suede upholstery
2. Several seams on the nose and even near the laces
3. A nose underlay to help the coating fight griptape
There are two main types of outsoles on the market and in our Boutique Homies, VULCANIZED soles and COP soles for comfortable skate shoes. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, here they are:
VULCANIZED soles for skateboarding
Vulcanized soles offer a better board feel, are quickly comfortable and are less expensive. On the other hand, they offer less good support, less good protection and also wear out more quickly. The VULC soles are glued to the upper part of the shoe and then one or two strips of rubber are added, heated and glued.
1. Best board feel
2. Quickly comfortable
3. Less expensive
CUP soles for skateboarding
CUP soles were designed specifically for skateboarding. Skaters complained of pain and lack of support with their vulcanized soles. The Cup Sole insoles are sewn to the upper part of the shoe. By removing the heating and gluing step, companies can then inject different technologies such as EVA. Cup Soles are stronger, more comfortable and last longer. However, they are more expensive and offer less early board feel.
2. More comfortable
3. Last longer
Most of the skate shoes at Homies offer an insole made of EVA foam which prevents impacts. Some models/companies offer PU soles for better durability. Others have a reinforcement tower at the heel for better stability.