Skateboarding has come a long way since it was a hobby of 1950’s surfers. Now you see skateboarding everywhere; on TV, in the movies, in popular magazines like Sports Illustrated and even video games. To say the skateboarding culture has exploded in the US would be a massive understatement.
This new “skate rat” culture has created many things including its own language, clothes, funny hair styles and even music. Skateboarders wear such essential accessories as helmets, elbow and knee pads, and slip resistant shoes. While many young kids who have never even been on a skateboard wear these skating shoes, they do serve an important purpose- safety.
Many people are interested in buying skating shoes because they are stylish and go well with jeans and other clothes. However, if you plan on buying a new pair of skating shoes for skateboarding, then I suggest you follow these important tips.
You need to look for skating shoes that are both flexible and durable. These shoes need to be able to withstand a great deal of force, offer protection for your foot and an extreme amount of grip so you don’t slide off your board.
Of course they need to fit your feet properly or you will not only be uncomfortable, but at a greater risk of injury. Not only that, but shoes that aren’t fitted properly also cause painful blisters, making it almost impossible to skate.
The sole of these shoes also need to be quite durable as well. Many skateboarders use both grip tape and other gripping materials that can grind away the soles of regular shoes. Imagine taking sandpaper to the bottom of your workout shoes. This is basically what happens every time you skate.
Probably the most important factor is the grip of the shoe. If the shoes don’t have enough grip, you can easily slide off the board right in the middle of a trick. So it isn’t an exaggeration to say that buying the wrong skating shoes could put you in the emergency room.
A good pair of skater shoes will help keep you on your board and help to protect your feet. While a high quality pair can be quite expensive, in the long run they are a worthwhile investment for any skater.