5 Shoes You Need to Skate in 2020
Skateboarding has been at the forefront of the conscious of cool for decades now. Its influence on sneakers and streetwear is undeniable, and the actual sport itself has experienced a mini-swell in popularity ahead of its Olympic debut at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.
The resurgence has opened the door for an influx of new product, with a focus on sleek style and superior performance compared to the bulky skate staples of the past.
If you’re a regular kick-pusher (or just looking for some dope beaters), you’re probably constantly looking to replace your worn-out pairs. We know you’d rather be skating than trawling, so we’ve done the grind work, tracking down the must-skate staples for 2020.
New Balance Numeric 913
Following up the debut of Jamie Foy’s first pro model in 2019, New Balance Numeric have unveiled the 913, designed for fellow team rider Brandon Westgate. Bringing NB’s running expertise to the skate division, the 913 is a sporty cupsole design geared to towards superior impact absorption. The sole unit makes use of REVlite for support, as well as a N2 heel cushioning system and an exterior heel clip for better stabilisation overall. If you like going big, without the bulk on foot, the 913 could be your new go-to.
Nike SB Shane
One of most technically gifted skaters out there, Shane O’Neill opts for a characteristically understated look on his first-ever signature with Nike SB. As he puts it:
‘For me, it’s about the simplicity of the shoe. It maintains everything that’s needed for skating. We figured out everything that was lacking in other skate shoes, like the height of the heel, the grippiness of the sole, and the tongue straps. Then tried our best to keep it looking as simplistic as possible.’
As far as price point goes, it’s just $80! So you won’t be too worried about chewing through ‘em, either.
adidas Skateboarding Matchbreak Super
Debuting at the start of the year, the Matchbreak Super delivers classic low-cut looks, but keeps all performance perks hidden (for the better!). It’s already a favourite among the SF crew, as well as adi team rider Shin Sanbongi, who has received his own Japan-inspired signature colourway.
Built with a premium suede and full-grain leather upper, the sneaker comes with a scheme inspired by the Japanese ‘Rising Sun’ flag. Providing all-day comfort and durability, a moulded Adiprene sockliner joins ADITUFF toe reinforcement, as the eye-catching gum sole adds a welcome traditional aesthetic.
Vans Rowan Pro
Like Rowan Zorilla himself, the new Rowan Pro combines both new and old elements, delivering a vulc-style low-top with modern innovations – the best of both worlds! The upper is constructed with tough-as-hell synthetic material, overlaid with triple-stitched suede in the areas that need it most. Meanwhile, the performance upgrades are packed into the sole, with a SickStick gum rubber outsole and PopCush midsole foam. The former is said to be Vans’ grippiest rubber ever, while the latter ensures next-level impact absorption and energy return.
adidas Skateboarding Copa Nationale
From kickin’ footballs to kickin’ flips, the Copa Nationale delivers timeless soccer-inspired looks with the brand’s most advanced cupsole ever.
‘Pulling from adidas’ sport heritage is extremely vital when designing shoes because of how rich our archives are,’ says Marcus Taylor, adidas Skateboarding Footwear Designer.‘The inspiration for the Copa revolves around our indoor soccer shoes and that low-profile aesthetic. With that, we also wanted to capture the energy of the early 2000s in skate culture told through a modern yet minimal silhouette that highlights the tech in a smart way.’
Just like the Matchbreak Super, the Copa Nationale stays nimble and responsive thanks to a low-profile, while the upper makes use of a trusted combo of premium leather and mesh. Down below, a durable and texturised rubber tip offers enhanced grip and boardfeel, with a Cloudfoam heel absorbing all the impact.