Es Footwear Swift shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on June 28th, 2016 by corpo

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Rating: ★★★★☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★½ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★★★☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★½☆☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★½ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ OVERALL

This shoe almost completely rules. It’s got one of the best soles for a skate shoe that I’ve ever skated. This is the most important part of a skate shoe to me. Unfortunately the suede wears away really quickly and requires constant shoe goo attention. The little sprayed on coating around the toes does nothing. The shoe is comfortable and skates great.

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Es Footwear Accel Slim shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on June 28th, 2016 by corpo

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Rating: ★★★☆☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★½☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★★ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★★½☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★★ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ OVERALL

The OG Accel is such an iconic skate shoe. This slimmed down version is pretty awesome. It’s a little too slim for me though. It’s basically a cupsole that skates like a vulcanized shoe because it’s so thin and flexible. I would have preferred that they put some newer technology into the sole instead of just a thin sole, but that’s me. It’s a good steezy shoe, decent durability, but too thin of a sole for me.

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Adidas – Suciu shoe review, New Balance Numeric – PJ Stratford 533 shoe review, Emerica – Westgate CC shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on November 3rd, 2015 by corpo

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It’s a cupsole shoe battle royale! Featuring three shoes from some of my current favorite skateboarders. PJ Ladd, Mark Suciu and Brandon Westgate. I gave up on vulcanized shoes awhile ago because they hurt my legs and back too much. I wore Footprints Gamechanger orthotic insoles in all of these shoes. I love them and highly recommend them. I blow through the left toe of every shoe I’ve skated. So having to duct tape in an extra piece of suede into the toe is normal for me.

New Balance Numeric PJ Straford 533

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pj ladd stratford 533 new balance numeric nb# brown gum

Rating: ★★★★★ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★½☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★★★★ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★½ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★½ STYLE
Rating: ★★★★★ OVERALL

The original Blackbox made Stratford 479 had become my favorite shoe ever. The New Balance made 533 had a lot to live up to. I loved how flexible and yet supportive the 479 was. The 479 was not very grippy though and not the most durable shoe. I have skated about 5 pairs of the PJ 533 now. While I was initially hesitant of the thicker and stiffer sole I have become just as big of fan of the PJ 533s. The 533 is way grippier and way more durable then the 479. The 533 toebox doesn’t fit as perfect as the 479 for me, but it’s still a good fit. This shoe lasts forever, over a month of skating everyday. It’s insane. From a hippy standpoint I really like that I’m killing fewer cows and wasting fewer resources when I skate these. And I am a huge PJ Ladd fan so supporting him is a major plus to me. This shoe is great. I do with the sole was slightly more flexible though.

Emerica Westgate CC

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emerica brandon westgate cc  cupsole skate shoe review

Rating: ★★★★☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★½ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★½☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★☆☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ OVERALL

I have had the Leo and I don’t like that shoe. So I was happy to see the new Westgate offer a bit more support then the Leo, but still remain a simple thin cupsole. The long and narrow fit is a little weird and required some breaking in to avoid blisters on the outside of my toes. They are also a little too spongy for me initially. They did break in though and there were a few days where I loved this shoe. I say ‘a few days’ because the shoe didn’t last much longer then that. I wore through to the insole in 9 days. That is not good. For the record I skate Mob grip, but that didn’t stop the PJ shoes from lasting a month. I’m in a position where durability isn’t my biggest concern so I will say I still like this shoe quite a bit. Even if I couldn’t ollie over a car in them.

Adidas Suciu ADV

Adidas Mark Suciu ADV cupsole shoe review

Adidas Mark Suciu ADV cupsole shoe review

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★★ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★★½☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★½☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★☆☆ OVERALL

Alright this is kind of a weird one to review. I like thin cupsoles so I thought the ADV would be similar to a cupsole. It’s not, it’s insanely thin and skates like a vulcanized shoe. It also comes with an incredibly thick insole which I replaced with my normal Footprints Gamechanger. So I didn’t really skate the shoe the way it’s designed. I only lasted a few days before I gave up on these. My feet hurt in them even just skating flatground. Rating the durability isn’t easy either as I only skated them a few days, but as you can see they already had wear marks. Judging from experience I don’t think they were very durable. With all that said, if you like a super thin shoe and a thick insole, maybe these are for you.

No surprise, but the PJ shoe wins. Never doubt PJ.

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Es Footwear Accent Review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on October 14th, 2014 by corpo

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es accent

Rating: ★★★½☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★★ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★½☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★½☆☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★☆☆ OVERALL

I’m super hyped that Es is back. I’m hoping they put together a small team and keep at it. Anyways I had a few pairs of these. They run big. I normally wear a size 11, I wore a size 10 in these. They are very thin vulcs, so the break in period is almost non-existent. The sole durability is average for a vulc shoe. The top is below average, if I didn’t shoe goo them they would have had a hole in a couple days. The black ones with the patent leather are a bit much, but other then that they are a good looking shoe. I wore these on a road trip and my achilles was super sore by the end from pushing. I’m old though and should probably stick with the added support of cupsoles. All in all a decent vulc shoe.

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Emerica Herman G6 Vulc Review

Posted in Shoe Reviews on September 2nd, 2014 by corpo

Herman G6 Vulc review

Herman G6 Vulc review

Herman G6 Vulc review

Herman G6 Vulc review

Rating: ★★★★☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★☆☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★★ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ OVERALL

I don’t have many good things to say about these shoes. The horrible lack of durability is inexcusable. Get it together Emerica. Neither of these lasted longer then a week.

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Vans Lindero shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on June 20th, 2014 by corpo

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Rating: ★★★★☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★½☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★★ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★★ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★½☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★☆ OVERALL

My first Vans in forever. I’m gonna say that although the sole blew apart I still really liked these shoes. The board feel and grip was amazing. They kinda hurt my feet when trying flip tricks, but whatevs, they are great shoes. Stylee as most Vans are of course.

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Adidas Busenitz Vulc shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on June 20th, 2014 by corpo

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Rating: ★★★★☆ STYLE
Rating: ★★★★½ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★½☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★½☆☆ OVERALL

Actually experimented with a corporate shoe. Everything about this shoe is great, except the sole blows out immediately. Which is a big problem! The sole was bare of tread within a week of skating. If you are gonna whore yourself out in corporate shoes, they should at least be durable!

Emerica Provost shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on June 20th, 2014 by corpo

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Rating: ★★½☆☆ STYLE
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★☆☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★½☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ OVERALL

This is not a good shoe. I really don’t have one good thing to say about it. The fit is horrible. The sole is kinda thick which could be ok, but combined with a super thin upper it’s just weird fitting shoe. Neither the sole or upper last long. The style isn’t all that either, but at least it doesn’t have a swoosh on it.

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Etnies RCT shoe review

Posted in Shoe Reviews on January 12th, 2014 by corpo

Etnies RCT

Etnies RCT

Rating: ★★★★½ STYLE
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★★ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★☆ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★½☆☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★½☆☆ OVERALL

This shoe straight up hurt my feet. I’ve been in more of a cupsole zone lately so I’m not sure why I even picked these up. The sole and the insole are very thin. Great board feel, but too much pain for me. A pretty nice looking shoe for sure, grippy sole, good fit. Didn’t last very long though.

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New Balance Numeric Stratford 479 shoe review

Posted in Product Review, Shoe Reviews on September 30th, 2013 by corpo

new balance numeric stratford shoe review

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Rating: ★★★★½ STYLE
Rating: ★★★★½ COMFORT
Rating: ★★★★☆ BOARD FEEL
Rating: ★★★★½ BREAK IN PERIOD (Good rating means it doesn’t take long to break in)
Rating: ★★★★☆ SOLE DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★½ UPPER DURABILITY
Rating: ★★★★½ OVERALL

I have now skated roughly 10 pairs of this shoe and consider it an all time favorite. The review below was from the first pair I got, although I updated it a little.

It isn’t a mystery that I’m one of the biggest PJ Ladd nerds out there so when the opportunity came to wear a shoe that he rocks I didn’t hesitate. This contradicts pretty much any anti-corporate shoe policy I’ve had in the past and completely makes me a hypocrite. To my credit I did get them at one of the raddest shops in Colorado history (303) and these shoes are only available in skate shops. I guess the line is getting fuzzy as to who to support anymore. Do you support skater owned brands that are available at Ross? Or mega corporations that don’t really care about skateboarding, but are only available at skateshops? I don’t know anymore, it’s up to you. I can tell you that PJ Ladd has been my favorite skater ever since PJLWHL so supporting a brand that’s supporting him felt ok to me. It’s a little weird though. When I go to the gym at work every old retired man is wearing New Balance. I’m not that old yet. Ha. Okay, back to the review. These shoes are really good. They are very comfortable. Extremely comfortable. The sole probably would have lasted forever although it does go bald somewhat quickly. I gave up on this pair because I got sick of shoe goo’ing the top and it was starting to form a weird bubble. The top wasn’t so durable. Probably about what an average shoe looks like after a few weeks with me. The board feel is decent, the grip a little sub par. They felt great in the streets, but on tranny there was some board feel to be desired. As far as style it’s kind of a weird one. I guess the fact that PJ Ladd wears them trumps the fact that they look like old man retired gym clothes. Maybe? With all that said I would consider wearing the Stratford again in the future, it’s a good shoe. I hope to see an actual PJ pro model soon though!

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