Is there a more perfect season for skateboarding than fall? Winter’s flurries are still months away, and summer’s showers are now in the rear-view. The temperatures are just right, allowing for skater staples like hoodies, beanies, and baggy jeans. What about those shoes, though? Skaters go through sneakers quicker than almost any other athlete. It comes with the territory, and with enough wear and tear, even the most durable kicks will end up looking like they’re talking to you. Luckily for you, we’re here with some of the best choices available to keep you kick, pushing forward. These are The 10 Best Skate Sneakers This Fall.
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No. 10 – DVS Torey 3
The DVS Torey 3 is the signature model of Transworld’s 2011 Street Skater of the Year Torey Pudwill. It’s a suede-based mid top with plenty of cushioning, thanks to its VaporCell drop in footbed. Throw in a non-slip vulcanized sole and supportive midfoot strap, and the Torey 3 is a great combination of classic skate style mixed with modern tech.
No. 9 – Supra Ellington
Since popping on the scene in 2006, Supra has become one of the hottest and fastest growing brands in skateboarding. They’ve maintained a strong reputation by balancing intriguing, forward-thinking designs with performance technology, and the Erik Ellington mid top is a perfect example of this. Built with a breathable perforated suede, the Supra Ellington is equipped with full length SupraFoam for safe, cushioned landings.
No. 8 – New Balance Stratford 479
Part of New Balance’s Numeric line, the Stratford 479 is a low top designed to provide ample cushioning while remaining lightweight. It’s constructed with TPU bonded suede with mesh on the tongue and ankle for added breathability. Down low, an injected molded EVA midsole is paired with a dual-tread cupsole, ensuring you’ll have plenty of cushion and grip on your board.
No. 7 – Huf Dylan
The Huf Dylan is perfect to the classy skater who wants a little extra style. Skating to a dinner party or business meeting? Throw these on and you won’t even need to change shoes. These Dylan Rieder-endorsed kicks are no slouch on the board either, thanks to their supper grippy outsole and durable suede construction. As an added bonus, this oxblood colorway will pair effortlessly with your fall wardrobe.
No. 6 – Emerica Herman G6 Vulc
This vulcanized version of Bryan Herman’s signature shoe is one of the best deals you’ll find this fall. For just $60, you’ll get a durable suede upper, responsive G6 cushioning, and a low profile feel that will help you control the board better. It’s also built with a reinforced toe and heel to add abrasion resistance to the highest wear areas.
No. 5 – adidas Busenitz Pro
Dennis Busenitz is one of the speediest skaters around, and his adidas signature model caters to this style with its soccer boot-inspired design. Taking a page from the adidas Copa Mundial, the Busenitz Pro is composed of a suede and canvas upper. It’s fitted with an insole specifically designed for skating, and backed by a low profile rubber outsole with plenty of board feel.
No. 4 – Vans Half Cab
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than the ol’ classics. Every skater knows the legendary history behind the Vans Half Cab, and there’s a reason it continues to be a popular choice amongst skaters of all levels. The mid-cut suede upper offers just the right amount of support and protection without restricting the ankles, and the classic vulcanized outsole is one of the most reliable of all time.
No. 3 - Converse KA-II
Kenny Anderson’s second Converse signature shoe is powered by a full-length Nike Lunarlon sockliner, which means plush, responsive cushioning right under your foot. It’s lined with memory foam in the collar and tongue, which is also gusseted to keep debris from sneaking in. Meanwhile, the Flex Rubber Cup Sole is enhanced with All Star Traction Rubber for flexible traction.
No. 2 – DC Nyjah S
19-year-old Nyjah Huston is one of the most exciting skaters around, and he’s only getting better. His signature shoe, the DC Nyjah S, might not turn you into a young skateboard phenomenon, but it will give you all the performance you need this fall. It’s constructed with DC’s patented Super Suede for high durability, while ImpactG technology will hold you down during hard landings.
No. 1 – Nike SB P Rod 8
Ever since Nike SB's debut in 2002, the Swoosh has pushing skate shoes forward with their innovative technologies and designs. In 2004, they struck gold by signing Paul Rodriguez, and since then it’s been all uphill for Nike SB. Their latest breakthrough sig is the P Rod 8, which is equipped with tech like spongy Lunarlon cushioning and supportive Flywire. However, the real MVP here is the upper’s durable Hyperscreen coating, which will ensure that these last longer than your average skate shoes.