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The 10 Best Skate Shoes of 2013


2013 was one hell of a year for skate shoe afficionados.  The progression within skateboarding footwear, and skateboarding in general, was just insane. Every shoe manufacturer had something to prove with the huge movement in tech footwear. Most of them brought something new to the table in terms of design, technical advancements, and kept footwear unpredictable this year, that’s for sure. Some designs made sense while others flopped as fast as they were conceived.

SkateShoesPH's list of 10 Best Skate Shoes of 2013 is not like many others. This list is compiled of shoes that had to come out in 2013. we based it off of numerous aspects. Design, durability, technology, innovation, popularity and comfortability all come into play with this list. Lastly, our list was made possible from all of our reviews. Enjoy.


No. 10 - Nike SB Stefan Janoski

The Nike SB Stefan Janoski has become more than a skateboarding shoe as its design has crossed into the casual world. Lots of cool colorway releases also incorporating new high-tech features, premium materials and a laid-back nautical-inspired design. This Nike SB icon is built with either a suede, canvas or leather upper that features double stitched panels in key zones to stand up to your style of skate. No wonder this shoe is in our list of top 10 skate shoe of 2013. ~$45.


No. 09 - Etnies Gilman Cairo Foster Pro Model

Etnies Gilman Cairo Foster Pro Model is a tough skate shoe that won't break on you and also won't impede your performance. It somehow resembles a moccasin from the shape of the toe box,  and rocks a superior performance cupsole, and has a super advanced outsole that can detect all sorts of traction patterns. The upper features a clean, stylish combination of suede and canvas. This shoe was inspired by, and tested by pro Cairo Foster. ~$34.


No. 08 - Lakai Vincent

Think you know skate shoes? Think again. This Lakai Vincent shoe did not put out any crazy cupsoles. They weren’t chasing trends or rereleasing runner toes. It looks plain and simple yet it skates great and does not force you to dress like you were back in ’94 in the process. It burns it down with top-of-the-line technology brought to you in a sleek package. It will allow you to catch your flips higher with a seamless suede ollie area and super grippy herringbone tread. It features EVA sockliner, a ventilated tongue with mesh window keeps your toes cool. It's also double stitched eyestay and single foxing tape round out this vulcanized low top masterpiece. ~$40.


No. 07 -  Vans Chima

Vans Chima Pro pleases both an eager skate community that’s in need of something new and the loyal vegan crowd that often gets forgotten. The Chima delivers some innovation that’ll keep the market striving for better technology. It offers killer skate sessions - thanks to its single-wrap, pro vulc construction with ultracrush lite footbeds for reduced weight and increased responsiveness. ~$55.



No. 06 -  DC Nyjah

With some of the most death defying stunts under his belt, you should not be surprised that Nyjah’s shoe is on this list. The Nyjah S fills the need for both tech footwear and a need of simplicity in the market. Its impact support heel system manages to keep Nyjah safe from all the gnarly shit he’s doing and that’s more than enough reason to have them on this list. ~$60.



No. 05 - Emerica Westgate

The highly anticipated Emerica Westgate has everyone excited about the return of the runner toe. It is dubbed as the most technical skate shoe of 2013 as it has all of the bells and whistles that many of us have been asking for for years and does not disappoint. Although they look similar to running shoes — they're not. Their skate shoes that were made for skating. ~$50.


No. 4 - Vans Geoff Rowley Pro

This shoe was released almost 15 years ago.Vans and Pro skater Geoff Rowley released this performance-based skate shoe which was made to survive the hardest, rawest days of skating. As good as it was back then, today's Rowley Pro is remarkably better.  It provides great traction due to Vans original waffle rubber outsole. Pro vulcanized sole construction allows for an extra flexible fit and amazing board feel. Suede/synthetic upper material is durable yet breathable for intense skate sessions. ~$40.


No. 3 - DC Mike Mo S

DC Mike Mo is a skate shoe designed to last, and that's coming from someone who skates his shoes until they no longer work, so they'll work for you. It features the brand's latest unilite technology from their running shoes, a bootie for a better fit, mesh on the tongue which also comes from DC's running shoes, and an "X" on the bottom of the sole which is DC's way of making it more flexible. Long-lasting and durable, the DC Mike Mo S features super suede backed with TPU and a TPU reinforced Eyebrow and heel counter. ~$65.


No. 2 - Etnies Marana

Etnies Marana deserves to be on this list. It was designed to blend the very best of strength and style, making it a perfect signature model for etnies pro and CCS team rider Ryan Sheckler. It was carefully crafted, piece by piece, to endure skateboarding. It features an EVA midsole to keep your feet fresh after those long days spent on your feet, and 400 NBS rubber with deep flex grooves for ideal mobility. Also features an injected rubber toecap, and cupsole. ~$60.


No. 1 - Emerica Reynolds

Emerica Reynolds is the number 1 skate shoe of 2013 in our list. It's substantially better than the rest of the shoes listed here. Supportive and functional, the Reynolds is simple-looking on the outside, but really technical on the inside. The Reynolds Low has its superior tech under wraps with a simple suede or canvas upper construction. A thinly padded tongue and collar continue the minimal trend while STI Foam™ full-length System GT™ Cruisers footbeds support maximal protection. A gum rubber outsole with vulcanized construction bites into the griptape without getting bit. Comes with an extra set of laces. Classic '70s logo on tongue. ~$50.

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