I’ve been wearing through these Sanuk’s since about April of 2013. Aside from from not wearing them during the winter season, I’ve used and abused these Sidewalk Surfers pretty consistently up until now. I’m actually surprised they lasted so long. They’re marketed to surfers, not bearders. They also didn’t offer any support whatsoever, but boy, did they hold together.
I’ve always thought of stereotypical skate shoes as being a bit bulky, big-tongued, and all around not-so-attractive. So, I never made any effort to find any “skate shoes” for myself. Yet, one google search for “longboard shoes” returned these these slick kicks: Elby skate shoes by Brooklyn Workshop. Here’s a review by Silverfish Longboarding.com.
They look awesome, right? Unfortunately, according to their kickstarter, they won’t be for sale until at least July. I should probably (okay, definitely) take advantage of their early bird special.
Also, if you ever wondered what the difference between vulcanized and cup sole shoes are, then check out this video. Basically cup soles are tough, while vulcanized soles allow for more board feel.