Women’s skateboarding shoes have slowly morphed from big chunky 90s beasts to lightweight, sleek sneakers that we see in the skatepark today. Whether you are a traditional Vans slip-on skate shoe fan or looking for something new, this article will give you everything you need to know about women’s skate shoes.
How do you choose the perfect pair of skateboarding shoes?
First up, you need to check the sole. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a skateboarding shoe sole, they just have different properties to suit different riding.
With thinner soles, you’ll be able to feel the board under your feet more – this will help with board control, foot tricks and technical grinds. Thicker soles however are better for cushioning when you’re jumping down stuff. Even with thinner soles, make sure there is still some padding down there otherwise you might end up with a heel bruise. Ouch!
Cup sole shoes means the sole is stitched into the shoe. They offer more support so they are great for jumping down stair sets. Cup soles are slightly bulkier and therefore give you less board feel. Vulcanised shoes still have protection in the sole but they are a little bit thinner and flexible. They provide more board feel, but offer less support than the cup soles.