Back to school skate gear
Back to school skate gear
September is here, which means, for many of us, that it's time to go back to school. If you're a skateboarder, that means it's also time to grab a new pair of your favorite skate shoes and perhaps a new backpack to carry your laptop and the latest issue of Thrasher Magazine. What follows is a collection of Fall 2014 skate shoes from a variety of brands, along with an assortment of backpacks to pad out your back to school experience. Let's dig in.
Adidas ZX Vulc Shoe ($70)
Adidas got into the skateboarding game long ago after adding names like Mark Gonzales and Lance Mountain to their roster. Throughout the years, the team has evolved to include Dennis Busenitz, Mark Suciu and more (along with retaining the Gonz). This shoe, the ZX Vulc, is designed around a mesh upper with suede and synthetic overlays, a one-piece upper to avoid blowouts, the classic ZX runner's toe shape and a proven Adidas vulcanized rubber outsole. Perfect for gym class, walks to the bus stop and tre flips.
When pro skater Keith Hufnagel started his own line of footwear, he went big, creating a variety of Huf-branded products on top of quality skate shoes, including sleeping bags, ash trays, dog bowls and even incense holders. But he also kept close to his skate roots and knew to offer a line of travel backpacks. Pictured here is the Fall 14 backpack (left - $70) and a collaboration with backpack manufacturer Jansport (right - $130). You'll recognize the classic Jansport shape on the collaboration pack, and that means it's built to last for school, skate or travel.
DC Shoes Nyjah Vulc ($75)
After Nyjah Huston joined the DC Shoes team several years ago, it came as no surprise that DC would soon return with a signature shoe for one of the winningest street skaters in skate history. First came a signature Nyjah shoe with a cup sole, and now, DC returns with a vulcanized version of Huston's first signature line. Features include DC's trademarked 'pill pattern' tread on the outsole, customized Nyjah Huston footbed, and the ImpactS sock liner system designed to protect the heel and forefoot. You've seen what Nyjah does in these shoes. That should be good enough reason for you to rock them in the hallways.
CONS Star Player Pro Admiral ($65)
Alongside Vans, many consider Converse Chuck Taylors one of the original skate shoes. Despite its origins as a basketball shoe, the once-classic design provided board feel and an affordable price for early skate rats. These days Converse and CONS sponsor some of the top names in the sport, from Zered Bassett to Kenny Anderson and legend Jason Jessee. They've also released more skate-specific models, such as the CONS Star Player Pro Admiral, featured here.
Emerica Herman G6 Vulc ($65)
Bryan Herman and Emerica released a cup sole version of the Herman G6 just over a year ago, and they have retained many of the same features on the vulcanized version of the G6. It's called "G6" because that is the name of Emerica's high-rebound lightweight cushion-foam insole, with a stabilizing support carriage. It is also equipped with dropped-to-the-floor (DTTF) construction for improved board feel, and the same tread pattern on the outsole as Herman's earlier signature shoe from Emerica. Alternate colors include blue/white and grey/green. Get 'em while they're hot.
Nixon's line of bags is extensive, and the Landlock (left - $65) features a rip-stop front and bottom for protection, media ports, laptop compartment, custom padding and padded shoulder straps for comfort. The Smith skate pack (right - $55) features straps to carry a skateboard, a padded side-entry laptop compartment, a media port and enough storage for books, clothes, skate shoes and more. These are the bags used by guys like Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler and Andrew Reynolds, so you should have no problem in trusting that they will last through the school year, and even a few weeks at Woodward once the year is up.
DVS Torey 3 ($75)
Torey Pudwill's third signature shoe from DVS returns to a more protective cup sole and mid-top design, featuring a Vapor Cell drop-in footbed for extra protection and a forefoot strap for extra support. We all know the pop Pudwill possesses on a skateboard -- this is the shoe that helps him get there. It's available in both black suede or red suede with a white cup sole.
DC Shoes backpacks
Although DC started as a skateboard shoe company, their selection of clothing, soft goods and luggage is second to none. Two backpacks, the Trekker (left - $52) and Wolfbred (right - $49), provide the best of both worlds. The Trekker can be used as a travel bag, with extensive padding on the back for comfort, sternum strap and laptop storage, while the Wolfbred was designed for the skater, with extensive storage plus straps to carry your skateboard in comfort. Both will make your school experience easier to deal with.
Emerica Romero Laced LX ($80)
You might know Leo Romero from his appearance in "Skaters in Cars Looking at Spots" (or from the theme music his band provided), but chances are his skating is the real reason you know him. He's also got a refined taste when it comes to signature shoes, and that's evident from the Laced LX. This version of Romero's signature shoe features full-grain leather, a wool lining and an outsole that can go from skateboaring to the homecoming dance without a problem.
Vans AV Classic ($55)
Anthony Van Engelen's latest line of signature footwear from Vans keeps it simple. The AV Classic is available in a variety of colors. (There is also a collaboration version with Independent Truck Company.) This is the black/white version. The AV Classic features a premium canvas upper, OrthoLite foam footbeds, Duracap rubber underlays in high-wear zones, ProVulc construction for superior cushioning and Vans original waffle outsole. It's the classic look of Vans combined with the high-tech features of Vans' always-current research into foot protection.
Etnies Marana OG ($75)
Etnies released a few different versions of the Ryan Sheckler shoe this fall, including a high-tech version (the Marana E-Lite), the OG version (the Marana, pictured here) and the vulcanized version (the Marana Vulc). The three shoes form the foundation of the Marana bloodline, and Ryan Sheckler is pushing them hard. The OG version features an STI Evolution Foam midsole for cushioning, and a fused on rubber toe cap for durability. "This is the longest shoe I've ever skated," said Sheckler of the OG. That's good enough for us.
Volcom Symptom backpack ($80)
The cotton/canvas Symptom backpack spares no expense when it comes to top quality materials, construction and design. Primed for adventures near and far, features include six compartments, an insulated tablet/laptop pocket with an accessories section, antique silver Volcom buttons and zippers, and leather zipper pulls. This is the backpack of choice for X Games stars like Grant Taylor, Pedro Barros and Rune Glifberg, and it's built to take all the rigors that a day of school or a day of skating might present.