5 Sneakers You Need to Thrash in 2022 (That Aren’t the SB Dunk!)
The Nike SB Dunk can often overshadow other skate shoes, but it’s worth remembering there are plenty of viable options that are more accessible, skateable – and daresay – better looking. Forget the faff in trying to get some Dunks – put these on your board right now.
Nike SB Ishod Wair
Funnily enough, Ishod Wair skated in his own Dunks when he first joined Nike SB. Eventually, he got his own signature model – and it couldn’t be any further from the Dunk. Advanced React insoles, a much more technical cupsole, and cues from the Air Darwin (the reverse Swoosh) plus likely the Air Jordan 1 (that triple eyelet forefoot overlay) make for a superior shoe.
New Balance Numeric 1010
New Balance may be known for their chunky runners and, more recently, archival basketball shoes, but they’re carving out a name in the skate world too with their Numeric line. Pro rider Tiago Lemos’ signature 1010 effectively applies the brand’s expertise in performance tech, such as FantomFit and NDurance, into a griptape-ready package with retro styling. Trust Tiago.
Nike SB Blazer Mid
When Nike SB officially launched, the Dunk wasn’t the only OG basketball shoe that the Swoosh turned into a skate a shoe. The Blazer – which turns 50 this year – has also been an integral part of the assortment, and remains so in 2022. Its silhouette has changed slightly after 20 years, but is still loaded with Zoom Air, durable suede uppers and rubber vulc-style soles. ‘nuff said.
Tyshawn Jones has achieved a lot in his young life so far. 2018 Thrasher Skater of the Year, a breakout Supreme part, and his own Hardies Hardware brand are just three milestones. The fourth is an eponymous signature skate shoe with adidas, which in this wheat colourway, evokes classic work boots somehow flipping boards. Perhaps the adi tech loaded inside is responsible for that.
Vans Half Cab
2022 marks 30 years since Steve Caballero decided to chop some high-top Vans down to create his signature Half Cab model. Its anniversary bringback slots it under the Vans Skate category, so it’s actually a technological successor to the OG, thanks to POPCUSH insoles, DURACAP lining and stickier soles. So, they should fit, ride, and last much better. Win-win.
Flip your stance on the wide world of skate shoes and don’t get goofy – try these ASAP.