The Best Skateboarding Shoes to Buy

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Protecting your feet when skateboarding is important when it comes to having the right support depending on your skate style. When buying skate shoes, it is easy to get lost in the sea of brands, colors, gimmicks, and prices. It's important to recognize the various styles of skate shoes, which function in various ways. For example, cupsoles have a thicker sole for skaters who perform aerials, while vulcanized shoes help you have more control over tricks like slides.

Collected here is a list of the top 10 skateboarding shoes out there. The list isn't in order of best to worst, as all of the shoes listed are top quality. Many of these skate shoes have reviews on the site to find out more about the shoe and all of them include links to the manufacturer's site, from brands like Fallen Footwear to IPath. Keep an eye out for the type of skate shoe's cushioning, durability, and safety.

Our Top Picks

Fallen Footwear

Fallen Footwear
fallenfootwear.com

Fallen makes incredible skate shoes.

Jamie Thomas owns the company and has made it clear that he doesn't want to simply make more skateboarding shoes; he wants to make high-quality, premium skate shoes that look great and provide everything you need.

Plus, for planet-conscious skaters out there, Fallen makes shoes free of animal products. Take a look at the Fallen Troopers, one of the coolest looking skate shoes. Fallens are some of the best skate shoes to wear because they skate well.

Vans Skateboarding Shoes

Vans TNT Shoe
Vans TNT Shoe. Vans Footwear

Vans has been around since the beginning, and along the way, they've learned how to make great skate shoes.

Vans skateboarding shoes are some of the best, easily, from the classic canvas Vans, classic slip-ons, which are not recommended for skating, to Vans beefier models. Vans is a core skateboarding company and consist of value and quality.

Globe Shoes

Globe CT 4s
Globe CT 4s. Globe Shoes

Globe is an Australian skateboarding shoe company that creates great skateboarding shoes with innovative features.

Ranked as one of the top three skate shoe companies, with Fallen Footwear and Vans, it's hard to pick a favorite style. One of the more popular shoes included the now outdated Globe CT IV - Chet Thomas signature model, which is hard to find.

DC Skateboarding Shoes

DC Josh Kalis Shoes
DC Josh Kalis Shoes. DC Shoe Co USA

DC Shoe Co USA makes some good shoes, though, over the last few years, there have been complaints about them being too mainstream.

The important thing with DC is that there hasn't been a drop in quality at all. With "Super Suede" and years of making excellent skate shoes, this brand knows what they are doing.

DC also has an H2Zero line, which are shoes that are treated to block out water, snow, and slush, with extra tread. These shoes are perfect for snow-skates and snow days.

Etnies

Etnies Evader Shoes
Etnies Evader Shoes. Etnies Shoes

Etnies have a bright, quick, and sleek look, and a skate team with riders like Rune Glifberg, Ryan Sheckler, and Elissa Steamer.

Etnies do tend to come with wimpy laces, but that's not a good enough reason to not get a pair. Mostly, Etnies skate shoes work well and last long enough.

Etnies also has great girl's skateboarding shoes, and they put a lot of money back into the community, giving away tons of shoes every year to the homeless in Southern California.

Osiris

Osiris Chino Shoes
Osiris Chino Shoes. Osiris Shoes

Osiris skate shoes make some of the best puffy-style skateboarding shoes you can get. Plus, they have their "private reserve" line, which is regular models, the most popular ones. These are made with better materials and some insole art.

If you want Osiris skateboarding shoes, it is recommended to pay extra for the private reserve shoes. The two styles recommended include the Ruger and the Chino Low.

Emerica

Emerica Reynolds 2 Shoes
Emerica Reynolds 2 Shoes. Emerica Shoes

Emerica makes good skate shoes and runs a strong skateboarding team with pros like Andrew Reynolds, Jerry Hsu, and Ed Templeton.

Skateboarding shoes like the Emerica Reynolds 3 certainly helps, considering its solid proven design. Emerica also has some strong designs and style such as its Kirchart 4s.

Emerica is closely related to Etnies, so if you like one brand, you might like the other.

Adio

Adio Footwear
Adio Footwear. Adio Footwear

Adio has a ridiculous team, including Tony Hawk, Bam Margera, Shaun White, and Jeremy Wray. Plus, the shoes are great.

Adios are well built and highly skateable. This brand is credible, and their pro model skateboarding shoes all come named after the rider, then a version number.

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