Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout FW16

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout FW16

For the Fall/Winter 2016 Levi’s Skateboarding Collection, the team over at Levi’s combined their traditional collection with military design aesthetic inspired by the Engineers who helped construct and transform our hometown of San Francisco. The Army Corps of Engineers is an organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Levi’s saw commons...
adidas Lucas Premiere ADV

adidas Lucas Premiere ADV

Lucas Puig really came onto the international scene as part of Lakai’s French Connection in many of their videos, with a memorable part (frontside smith to kickflip primo) dropping in Lakai’s Fully Flared video in 2007. Since then, he has only progressed further and further into maturing his selection of...
New Balance# Brighton 344

New Balance# Brighton 344

It’s been four years since New Balance’s original partnership with Black Box, which faced a few trials and tribulations regarding their production, and three years since New Balance Numeric has announced their original team, heavily stacked with Arto Saari, Levi Brown, PJ Ladd, and Tom Karangelov. Since that, New Balance...
Vans Kyle Walker Pro Wear Test

Vans Kyle Walker Pro Wear Test

The day was a fucking success! That how the kids describe the first Wear Test Event organized by Edan from Weartested.  The day’s event was split up into three different stops, each one related to a technology of the shoe. The 1st stop: Duracap Test We tested out the durability, grip and...
Vans Kyle Walker

Vans Kyle Walker

Given the classic shoe models in the Vans product line such as Sk8-His, Old Skools and Half-Cabs that has sustained skateboarding’s technical requirements for decades, it’s not often that an entirely new Pro Model is added into the mix. So when a new Pro Model does appear, you know that...
DC Wes Kremer 2

DC Wes Kremer 2

If you’ve been following any of DC’s recent shoe promo videos, you’ve probably come across the hilarious political Wes We Can marketing campaign featuring the new Wes Kremer 2 shoe. DC dropped the video in the skate scene right in the mix of the presidential debates happening in America, and...
Dwindle Distr. Hardware Checkout

Dwindle Distr. Hardware Checkout

Almost Impact Plus Technology Deck Skateboard hardware is exposed to an extraordinary amount stress and strain, especially the skateboard deck itself. Thus, there have been a steady output of new deck innovations and technologies that promise to improve the hardware’s lifetime. With that said, the old fashioned seven wood ply layers...
Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout SS16

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout SS16

It has been a while since our last post about Levi’s Skateboarding collection, and we must say, this past year Levi’s has done a lot for the skateboarding community that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Their marketing has been targeted on making effective mini documentaries that showcase skateboarding in developing communities on...
Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel

Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel

Recently in videos and even Street League competitions we’ve seen skaters on the Nike SB team wearing a new shoe that looks extremely…simplistic. Upon first impression it looks like a new model, but with a closer look, we found out it’s a revamped version of the old Nike SB Bruin...
DC Smith S

DC Smith S

If you’ve seen any of Evan Smith’s parts you know that he’s got a very raw but finesseful approach to his skating. If you’ve read any of his interviews, or met him in person, you know that he’s the most down-to-earth, positive vibin’ free willing, hippy-esque skater to keep it...
adidas Skateboarding Superstar Alltimers

adidas Skateboarding Superstar Alltimers

A modern, skate-performance take on an ’80s legend, adidas Skateboarding took the Superstar model, slimmed it down and made it super light for the needs of a skateboarder. Durability Overall, the durability of the Superstar vulc is good. The Superstar has probably the most iconic rubber toe cap which takes...
adidas Skateboarding Seeley Villemin

adidas Skateboarding Seeley Villemin

Boat shoes are stylish and good for skateboarding. Adidas has noticed this and developed a while ago the Seeley model which combines the style of a boat shoe with a skateshoe. Lem Villemin from Stuttgart had the chance to design a colorway for this season. We’ve had the chance to...
Nike SB Koston 3

Nike SB Koston 3

You’ve seen the hype on instagram, facebook and skate websites, Nike SB and legendary skateboarder Eric Koston has teamed up again for the third time to create something completely different from the Nike SB line-up, which includes his two previous pro models. Koston being a huge sneaker fan himself, knew...
Cons Metric CLS

Cons Metric CLS

Although Nike had acquired Converse more than ten years ago, we seldom come across a Cons model that features the innovative technology a Nike Sport Research Lab would foster. Occasionally, we see Lunarlon insoles being adapted, and the quality of suede is heightened, but a new model that features technical...
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro IW

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro IW

The Nike Dunk is one of the most iconic sneakers ever, and is also Nike SB’s first model launched to create the extremely successful skateboarding program and brand it is today. The Dunk was the perfect model to start the SB brand because it offers endless design possibilities and as...
Ishod Wair Interview

Ishod Wair Interview

  Ishod came to the Berlin Weartest and for the launch of his Dunk Low Pro “Ishod Wair” shoe. Together with Solo Skatemag and Place Skatemag we had the chance to chat with him and ask him about his shoe, Love Park and cars. Could you describe the process of developing your new...
Weartested Awards 2015 - Best Durability

Weartested Awards 2015 – Best Durability

Best Durability 2015 – adidas Boost ADV  
Weartested Awards 2015 - Best Comfort

Weartested Awards 2015 – Best Comfort

Best Comfort 2015 – Emerica The Figueroa
Weartested Awards 2015 - Best Grip

Weartested Awards 2015 – Best Grip

Best Grip 2015 – Vans Rowley Solo
Weartested Awards 2015 - Best Design

Weartested Awards 2015 – Best Design

Best Design 2015 – Nike SB All Court CK a
Weartested Awards 2015

Weartested Awards 2015

Best Stability 2015 – Lakai Guymar
Weartested Awards 2015 - Best Boardfeel

Weartested Awards 2015 – Best Boardfeel

Best Boardfeel 2015 – HUF Classic A
adidas Dorado Boost

adidas Dorado Boost

Not too long ago, adidas introduced us with its cushioning platform Boost, featured in the Boost ADV for skateboarding footwear. The Boost ADV was the first shoe to highlight the Boost technology, and now, adidas has introduced us with the next shoe in the lineup, the Dorado Boost. Although both...
Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout

It has been about 1 year since our last post about Levi’s Skateboarding collection, and we must say, this past year Levi’s has done a lot for the skateboarding community that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Their past marketing has been targeted on making effective mini documentaries that showcase skateboarding in developing...
Converse Cons One Star - Deutsche Übersetzung

Converse Cons One Star – Deutsche Übersetzung

Converse hat in letzter Zeit besonders ihr neues Flagschiff beworben, den Cons One Star.  Der One Star war schon in den neunziger Jahren als Skateschuh sehr beliebt. Daher diente das Model auch als Vorlage für den Anthony Pappalardo Pro Schuh, einem der ersten Pro Schuhe von Converses neuem Skateprogramm. Jetzt...
Converse Cons One Star

Converse Cons One Star

It’s impossible to not notice the heavy advertising and marketing buzz around the recently released Cons One Star, which means Converse is doing it’s job right when it comes to showcasing an important piece of skate shoe history. The generation of skaters from the 90’s can attest to the popularity...
Nike SB All Court CK Cory Kennedy

Nike SB All Court CK Cory Kennedy

Back in the days when Facebook, Instagram, and twitter wasn’t around to continuously cram our brains with new skate clips and videos, we would eagerly await for the newest skate videos to release. Sometimes you had to wait half a year till an impactful video was released. The VHS tapes...
HUF Gillette

HUF Gillette

„Some people just have it, and Austyn is a member of that elite group. Speed, power, and pop are all in great supply. Cheers to another awesome offering from Mr. Gillette.“ That’s how Thrasher Magazine is announcing Austyn Gillette’s part for his first HUF footwear pro model. Keith Hufnagel is...
Emerica Westgate CC & Westgate Mid Vulc

Emerica Westgate CC & Westgate Mid Vulc

For Fall 2015, Emerica presents Brandon Westgate’s latest pro model shoes, The Westgate CC and The Westgate Mid Vulc. Known for his incredible pop, rough, rugged and raw New York style skating, Element Skateboard’s newest pro rider has also been riding for Emerica for ages. While trends come and go,...

Palace Skateboards FW15 Drop 1 Lookbook

Palace is UK’s premier skateboarding and street wear brand. Now they started their own flagship store in London and are getting worldwide attention. Palace FW 2015 drop 1 is now online at Arrow&Beast – Europe’s Palace distributor. Be sure to check the most recent skateboard decks and last few pairs remaining of the spring season Adidas X Palace collabo footwear, the Palace pro shoes in suede. Palace Fall 2015 drop two is due in a few weeks with actual release date still tbc. Go over to  Arrow&Beast and check out the new Palace stuff!
Supra Ellington Vulc

Supra Ellington Vulc

Supra has had some mixed publicity lately, mostly because they, along with Kr3w, have recently been acquired by K-Swiss. While its not that uncommon amongst skate brands to have investors, it can be sensed that skaters are a bit wary. On the other hand, Supra has been pushing core-skateshops with...
Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 9

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 9

After a decade, we’ve finally come to the Paul Rodriguez 9 by Nike SB. There’s not much to say, expect that P-Rod is now included in the elite team of a handful of athletes who have had the opportunity to work on 9 pro models with Nike – read how...

HUF Fall 2015 Apparel Delivery

San Francisco-based brand HUF is in the news with their new apparel delivery. At this point, it is up for grabs at ARROW&BEAST skateshop, while the latest selection of footwear will be available in the near future. Expect also a Weartested review of the recently released HUF Austyn Gillette Pro model in the near future.   A A A AA A A A A  A  A A
Vans Rowley Solo

Vans Rowley Solo

Geoff Rowley, Liverpool’s most well mannered madman, has come out with a new shoe model from Vans that combines simplicity, durability and functionality into one heavy package. With a Skater of the Year award in his track record from 2000, three increasingly jaw-dropping video parts from FLIP’s “Sorry” series and...
Weartested Hardware Checkout

Weartested Hardware Checkout

Dwindle Impact Deck Technology Skateboard hardware, especially the skateboard deck, is continually exposed to an enormous amount of load and stress. That’s why there’s no question that time is being invested into researching innovative technologies to improve the durability of such boards. On the other hand, Skateboarders often decide that...
Adidas Boost ADV

Adidas Boost ADV

Adidas has a lot of classic designs in their product line that they can go back and adapt for skateboarding. They have done this with the Campus vulc, the Stan Smith, and also the ZX Flux. However, a company that is of the most innovative sports companies needs to be able...

HUF Classic lo

Rubber toe caps are IN in 2015. Since day one, with the release of the original adidas Superstar as well as the Converse Chuck Taylor, the rubber toe cap has been one of the best ways to protect a skate shoe. HUF took notice last year and released their own rubber toecap model, calling it the Classic. We at Weartested were wondering why a core skate shoe company would develop a skate shoe with hardly any sole profile, when the profile of the shoe and the rubber used were the main influencers of grip when skating. We got our hands on a pair and put it to the test, and without revealing too much, it’s safe to say the grip of the sole is very good. Enjoy the review. Sizing The HUF Classic Lo and Hi both fit true to size. Durability The simple design of the Classic Lo is...
Team Lebron in Barcelona Pt.2: Nike SB Free Nano with Trevor Colden

Team Lebron in Barcelona Pt.2: Nike SB Free Nano with Trevor Colden

Nike SB adapted their Free sole technology for skateboarding and introduced it in January with the release of the Nike SB Free. To continue the focus on their new skateboarding sole, Nike SB recently released the SB Free Nano. Trevor Colden, one of the most hyped-up Pros right now, was selected to back...
Team Lebron in Barcelona Pt.1: Photo Recap

Team Lebron in Barcelona Pt.1: Photo Recap

In January Nike SB organized a weartest for the Nike SB Free (http://www.weartested.com/nike-sb-free/). Skateshops and skateboarding media were teamed up with one European Nike SB Team rider and got the challenge to film as many tricks as possible within 1 hour at the Nike SB Shelter in Berlin (http://nikesbshelter.com/). When landing a trick...
Lakai Guymar

Lakai Guymar

What to write about Guy Mariano? A skateboarder with his experience and skills knows what’s essential when it comes to the product he skates in. Teaming up with Lakai’s design team including Scott Johnston and Jeff Mikut, there can only be good results. Enjoy the review of Guy’s new Pro...

Emerica The Figueroa

“I like the basic less-is-more style. I’m not trying to change the game. I’m trying to go with what works. I feel like when I look down, certain shoes are better for certain tricks. In my shoe, the toe just makes you want to kickflip. I look down and it makes me hyped to skate in. I’m addicted!”—Figgy This quote sums up everything when it comes to skate shoes. Skate shoes themselves are a necessary tool to skate with and have a major influence on a skater’s performance. That is why there are certain shoes that prove to work better for certain tricks. Since Figgy kept the design of his pro model quite simple, there are some hidden extras that make the shoe very special. Figgy said he liked a basic and simple style; this shoe presents this at its best. We tried out how the Emerica Figueroa performs on...
Vans TNT SG

Vans TNT SG

When you think of a raw not-giving-a-fuck skateboarding attitude, the first person that should come to your mind is Tony Trujillo. This is a skater who has held it down for street skating for over 18 years, 16 of which he has been pro. His first video part in Anti-Hero’s...
Nike SB Free

Nike SB Free

One year ago, Nike SB presented the Lunar Oneshot, a model that boasted a new design as well as new sole technology. To the public eye, updated sole technology can often be overlooked by a shoe’s new design. But the sole in fact, holds just as much importance as a...
Supra Avex

Supra Avex

Over the course of many years, Supra Footwear slowly found itself divert away from the skateboard scene and onto many other lucrative markets. They never forgot their skateboarding roots, but its undeniable that they somehow shifted their focus for some time, especially with the lack of any new skate models...
HUF Dylan

HUF Dylan

„I gave them what they wanted. Money talks, but it can’t sing and dance…“ That’s how Keith Hufnagel explained his efforts to get Dylan Rieder and Austyn Gillette onto the increasingly successful HUF train. After the first leaked pictures of Dylans HUF pro model, people realized that he kept his...

Bright Tradeshow Berlin, January 2015 pt.3

Cons KA3 weartest in Berlin The man of the day was there, too Some new CTS colorways Overview Cons Cons One Star Kenny Anderson’s ads  

Bright Tradeshow Berlin, January 2015 pt.2

Globe Louie Barletta Pro model Mark Appleyard Pro model Running inspired after skate shoe from Globe Emerica Emerica overview Leo Laced Westgate’s new Pro model Westgate’s new Pro model mid version  

Bright Tradeshow Berlin, January 2015 pt.1

HUF New Dylan colorways New HUF model coming sooner than you think Overview HUF The HUF Austyn Gillette Pro model VANS The new Rowley shoe from VANS
Etnies Marana vulc

Etnies Marana vulc

Never change a system that’s running well. This train of thought may have been the exact source of inspiration for Etnies’ newest collection. The successful Marana line features everything a modern cupsole model should have: durability combined with cushioning and stability. This is something that sounds promising, but there’s one...
Filament Shadow

Filament Shadow

There’s no denying it, when it comes to skateboarding footwear, large corporate companies have become leaders. This has it’s good’s and bad’s. These large companies definitely have the financial capability to invest in innovative technology and release lots of new shoe models. However, this also means that smaller companies must...
Weartested Awards 2014

Weartested Awards 2014

Instead of the yearly recap we decided to award the models that performed best in our categories in 2014. Congrats to the brands! Thanks to our readers, to Edan and Stefan and to the brands that supported us throughout this year! Stay tuned for next year – we are working on a...

Supra AVEX weartest in Barcelona

Well, we all have to admit it: in the wake of Lil Wayne shoe lines, questionable collaborations and weird music „celebrities“ endorsing Supra, its easy to forget its skateboarding roots. Supra uses its hype to support skateboarding as much as they can, and who could refuse the offer to be flown to Barcelona in the middle of European winter to test some new shoes? Then again this shouldn’t come too surprising since they have an amazing lineup of models like the Cuba, Pistol, Stacks, Hammer and Ellington which are quite popular. But still, all those models have been out for some time. Supra realized that and put quite some work into a new team model, the Avex. The initial plan was to weartest the shoe at the new Les Corts Skatepark but we had the amazing luck to catch one of the few days with rain. After some phone calls,...
FLY streetwear x Vans Syndicate Cricket Shoe Pack: Part2

FLY streetwear x Vans Syndicate Cricket Shoe Pack: Part2

  The Tim Sedo interview: Word on the street is that you’re a doctor and heavily involved in academia. Can you explain your history in academia and where you are now? Word on the street is right. I started my undergraduate studies in 1996 and 15 years later, I somehow...
FLY streetwear x Vans Syndicate Cricket Shoe Pack: Part1

FLY streetwear x Vans Syndicate Cricket Shoe Pack: Part1

You’ve seen it and heard it. China is on the come up. Untapped perfect marble ledges and quirky spots overlooked by skater-friendly police makes China every skater’s wet dream. The majority of Pretty Sweet and Plan B’s B True were filmed in cities such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai. However,...
DVS Nica

DVS Nica

DVS has been going through quite some changes in the last few years. They were a brand that seemed somewhat left behind and overshadowed by the corporate shoe companies, yet still featured an interestingly daring palette of models. Just think of the new Torey Pudwill pro shoe that features a...
Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout

Shoes and hardware are the most important pieces of equipment for skateboarding. However, the importance of jeans and chino pants are often forgotten for they attribute a huge influence to skateboarding as well. Some skaters prefer tighter jeans to have a full visible field of the deck, while others prefer...

Nike SB Blazer Low Grant Taylor weartest

Last week I got invited to the weartest/ launch event of the Nike SB Blazer Low Grant Taylor in Amsterdam to gain some more information about the model. The following pictures are intended to give you a small glimpse of what went down this weekend. Meeting point was Amsterdam’s finest skateshop – BenG. The whole shop was decorated with Grant Taylor’s Blazer and made a good impression of what the shoe is about. d The bus ride to the skatepark took about 20 minutes. On the bus, we got a presentation of the shoe with an explanation of the features and design inspirations. To sum up, the Blazer GT is a modern classic skate shoe. d After arriving at the skatepark, Nike provided everyone a pair of the GT Blazer. d The skatepark is private-owned. Ten friends rented a warehouse in an industrial area a bit outside of Amsterdam and built a skatepark with...
adidas ZX vulc

adidas ZX vulc

High quality pdf: adidas ZX vulc Weartested Skateboard shoes have gone through quite some changes over the last few years. It’s not often that we can actually spot a design that can’t be categorized into the “slim vulc, black upper with white sole“ niche. Yet when we do, it is a...

Nike SB Flash Pack

Skateboarders hate the winter season. Darkness, cold and snow are all things that make skateboarding harder, and especially snow impossible. To help overcoming the next couple of months, Nike SB has released a series of colorways including the P-Rod 8, Lunar Janoski Mid, Project BA and the Koston 1 Mid called “Nike SB Flash Pack”. Inspired by Nike Running that has already released special winter series, Nike SB follows and makes the mentioned models more suitable for the winter months. There are two main improvements. Firstly, each model uses weather-resistant materials, for example like Nubuck leather. Secondly, flash materials should promote visibility at night. We tried the shoes to find out whether the “Flash Pack” treatment can handle the European Winter. The pictures speak for itself and show that the flash materials work perfectly. Lunar Janoski Mid       Koston 1 Mid P-Rod 8    
Scott Johnston Interview

Scott Johnston Interview

Pro skater to full time footwear designer, Scott Johnston, is the man behind Lakai designs. We took the opportunity to ask Scott Johnston a few questions about his job and in particular on the Echelon Line. Let’s start with the important questions: what shoes are you wearing right now and...
Lakai Echelon Checkout

Lakai Echelon Checkout

Skateshoes have been rolling out changes over the past years, with companies constantly redefining their shoes to get on board with what skateboarders want. The main goal of a skateshoe has always been about protection of your feet from the stresses of skateboarding. However, there is now a higher demand...
HUF Galaxy

HUF Galaxy

High quality pdf: HUF Galaxy Weartested HUF has grown out of the former shop in San Francisco and has earned their stripes in the skateboard world; not only with their clothes, but also with a shoe collection. Not only the brand grows from year to year, but also the team that...
Cons Weapon

Cons Weapon

In the past, Cons has relied on their flawless strategy of taking their classic shoe designs and adding elements to make the shoe skateable. The best example of this is the converted Chuck Taylor, known to us skaters as the Chuck Taylor Skate, or CTS for short. Now, Converse adds...
The Romero Laced

The Romero Laced

High Quality PDF: Emerica Romero Laced Weartested „Designed, tested, and 100% skateboarding approved by Emerica pro Leo Romero“ is the Emerica slogan for the new Leo Romero pro model. The Toy Machine pro has traversed many skate trends, especially when it comes down to shoe designs. Nevertheless, seeing him without the...
Outfit of the Month: August

Outfit of the Month: August

  Pant: Levis skateboarding 511 (www.levis.com/skateboarding) Longsleeve: WeSC Walden Henley (www.wesc.com) Socks: Stance Silverado (www.stance.com) Shoes: HUF Galaxy (www.hufsf.com) Hat: WeSC Snapback Franchise W (www.wesc.com)  
DC Lynx S

DC Lynx S

High quality pdf: DC Lynx S Weartested   Throughout the course of their history, DC Shoes has released a plethora of iconic models that have each defined a period in skateboarding. One of those models, or THE model is the DC Lynx. The Lynx is inseparably connected to Love Park and...
Bright Tradeshow 2014

Bright Tradeshow 2014

Without many words – enjoy the slideshow of the newest shoes presented at the Summer 2014 Bright Tradeshow. adidas skateboarding ADV Boost adidas skateboarding ADV Boost adidas skateboarding Lucas Puig adidas skateboarding Lem Villemin Seeley   C1rca Jimmy Carlin C1rca David Gravette   Dekline Matt Bennet   HUF Overview HUF Dylan  ...
Outfit of the Month: June

Outfit of the Month: June

  Pant: WeSC Eddy Chino (www.wesc.com) T-Shirt: WeSC Dubby Stripe (www.wesc.com) Socks: Stance Belen (www.stance.com) Shoes: Lakai Echelon Camby (www.lakai.com) Hat: HUF 5panel cap Cord Box Volley  (www.hufsf.com)
adidas Silas SLR

adidas Silas SLR

  High Quality PDF file: adidas Silas SLR Weartested adidas Silas SLR Silas Baxter Neal is skateboarding’s anomaly. His raw skateboarding alone has led to covers on pretty much every skateboard magazine, outstanding video parts and trophies such as the TWS Rookie of the Year and Thrasher’s SOTY. Adidas honored his...
Nike SB Lunar Oneshot

Nike SB Lunar Oneshot

High Quality PDF file: Nike SB Lunar Oneshot – weartested Nike SB Lunar Oneshot When Nike entered skateboarding back in 2002 (again), they mainly focused on popular yet classic designs such as the Dunk, and adapted them for skateboarding. Afterwards, the footwear innovations started, and technical models with fancy features like...
Vans Rowley Pro Lite

Vans Rowley Pro Lite

High Quality PDF file: Vans Rowley Pro Lite – weartested Vans Rowley Pro Lite There are only a handful skateboarders comparable to the caliber of Geoff Rowley. He’s awe-struck the skateboarding community with more than legendary street video parts, whole parts filmed of only backyard miniramps (Volcoms „Chicagof“), is part owner...
Nike SB Project BA

Nike SB Project BA

High Quality PDF file: Nike SB Project BA Weartested   Nike SB Project BA Disregard the official numbers printed on his birth certificate, (1976, we’ll let you do the math), Brian Anderson is still putting pressure on the concrete streets like a fire hydrant. Whilst most skateboarders his age are sipping...
DVS Vapor

DVS Vapor

High Quality PDF file: DVS Vapor Weartested DVS Vapor Around 2005, DVS had one of the best skate teams out, featuring big guns like Dennis Busenitz, Jason Dill, Daewon Song and Steve Berra. Their everlasting influence was cemented by „Skate More“, which is worth a rewatch even nowadays. However, after losing...

Weartested at Brigth Tradeshow: part 2

Lakai As always, the design team led by Scott Johnston has come up with great ideas and designs for 2014 such as a new Marc Johnson shoe. The model is very simple which is exactly what Marc Johnson seems to like about footwear. In addition with the Madrid comes a rather technical model that features Lakai’s XLK cupsole. The lateral and heel area is made out of air-permeable material and has a welded flare. Adidas Adidas, like every year, presented very appealing and stylish new colorways of known models such as the just-released Silas SLR and the very popular Busenitz vulc. One of adidas Skateboarding’s highlights at the tradeshow proved to be the ZX vulc. The model is inspired by the ZX running shoe series from the 80s and has now been adapted and reformed to skateboarding needs. In addition to the shoe models, the adidas booth offered a wide...

Weartested at Bright Tradeshow: part 1

Etnies Etnies revealed at the Bright Tradeshow a mix of both very technical and classical models. Etnies has extended the Marana “Bloodline” with the introduction of a vulcanized Marana version, as well as an even more technical Marana model. Emerica After Emerica’s perpetual streak of releasing new models in the last two years, it was deemed time to facelift a model, or two. Righteously so, the Reynolds and the popular Bryan Herman Pro Model “G6” have been updated with a classic vulcanized sole. Thus, the Emerica collection has broadened even more and the #HigherQuality campaign starts this year in the next round. HUF HUF has outgrown the small shop in San Francisco for several years now and has earned their place in the skateboard universe with not only their clothes, but also their shoe collection. Last year, the team has expanded with the addition of Austyn Gillette and Dylan Rieder....
Nike SB Lunar Oneshot weartest in Berlin

Nike SB Lunar Oneshot weartest in Berlin

During the last week I was fortunate to skate a pair of Nike SB’s newest model. The guys at Nike SB invited me to the European weartest event of the Lunar Oneshot in Berlin to gain some more information about the model and of course, skate it. The following pictures...
Lakai Vincent

Lakai Vincent

High Quality PDF file: Lakai Alvarez Weartested     Lakai Vincent Despite their relatively young history, Lakai has already dropped designs that can be hailed as classics. Lakai started off strong with Rick Howard’s first select model, the „Staple“, and has carried that momentum all the way to Scott Johnson´s signature...
Cons KAII

Cons KAII

High Quality PDF file: Cons KAII weartested Converse KAII After watching the obligatory intro clip for the new Converse Kenny Anderson signature model, you could ask yourself: did I just watch a 60-second ad for a bicycle-chiller shoe? Where was the skateboarding?!    But even if all of us would have preferred...
weartested skate shoe recap 2013: part 2

weartested skate shoe recap 2013: part 2

2013 was an exciting year regarding skateboarding footwear. After the worn out black-shoe-vulcanized-sole era there is a movement towards new designs and more space for innovation. Companies that take advantage of it will be the ones that succeed. Many trends that were already noticeable in 2012 have bloomed in 2013...
weartested skate shoe recap 2013: part 1

weartested skate shoe recap 2013: part 1

2013 was an exciting year regarding skateboarding footwear. After the worn out black-shoe-vulcanized-sole era there is a movement towards new designs and more space for innovation. Companies that take advantage of it will be the ones that succeed. Many trends that were already noticeable in 2012 have bloomed in 2013...
Vans Chima Pro review

Vans Chima Pro review

After a small hiatus, here it is, the newest review about the Vans Chima Pro. Plain, simple, good – thank you Vans for the test samples. High Quality PDF file: Vans Chima Pro Weartested   Without a doubt, there are certain pros that make you think of a specific team edition...
adidas Busenitz ADV review

adidas Busenitz ADV review

Highly requested and slightly delayed, here it is: the adidas Busenitz ADV review. One of our personal highlights regarding shoe releases of 2013 finally made it onto the homepage in the English version. Please excuse the long wait and enjoy the read. Thanks again to our great team that didn’t...
Nike Eric Koston 2 review

Nike Eric Koston 2 review

At a certain age skateboarding becomes difficult to justify as a leisure activity, so it makes sense to look for other alternatives (at least as an alibi). We’ve seen skaters walk a parallel path with music, photography, and even woodworking. But how about golf? There are many examples of skateboard pros...
adidas Busenitz ADV teaser clip

adidas Busenitz ADV teaser clip

Skateboard MSM just posted our adidas Busenitz ADV teaser clip on their homepage. The full review is part of their current print issue which is in German and will be online in the next few weeks in English on weartested.com.
DC Mike Mo review

DC Mike Mo review

Finally there’s a revival of some bravery and innovation regarding skate shoe designs. The years when brands could get away with  replaceable, plain flagship models seem definitely over (for now). And we highly appreciate it. Not just as a customer, but also as reviewers, since it makes our mission more...

Etnies Marana review

There are skate shoe releases and there are skate shoe releases. Only a few times a year, there’s actual hype about an upcoming skate shoe. In the case of Etnies’ Marana, the hype was so big that they completely changed their schedule and released it almost a year earlier than planned. We changed our plans as well and managed to squeeze in a review of the Marana, hope you enjoy it. High quality PDF: Etnies Marana review When a new shoe is introduced one year earlier than planned, there must be something special about it. In this case, the public demand for the newest Ryan Sheckler pro-model made this happen, especially after it was crowned as the „most durable shoe I ever skated“ by Ryan himself. Flashing the red model with the obvious white Etnies logo at various Street League and X-Games events along with the clever use of social media...
Guest-review: the Emerica Reynolds

Guest-review: the Emerica Reynolds

Let’s welcome your new guest-reviewer, Stefan Lind. He proved to be just the right mix of skate rat and A-class shoe nerd to qualify for the job. He will be the equivalent of an on-spot reporter here at weartested with his honest, short and sweet review-style that is still as...
Lakai Howard review

Lakai Howard review

Announced since ages, here it finally is: the Lakai Howard review. Since the weartested reviews are published in German Skateboard MSM magazine from now on, the English versions will take a bit longer until they are online on the site, please excuse. High quality PDF file: Lakai Howard review Lakai`s past few...
Puma Dallas Check-Out

Puma Dallas Check-Out

Sometimes a “non”-skate shoe is just as good as the ones that are intended to be skated, there are many examples. In the 80’s and 90’s skateboarders had to adopt other shoes simply due to a lack of skate-specific models. Nowadays this is not needed anymore, but sometimes it can...
Emerica Herman G6 review

Emerica Herman G6 review

One of our personal top 3 skate shoes, the Emerica Herman G6, was not even reviewed when the article was published. Still, it deserved that spot, not just because of the huge mesh panel on the medial side that allowed far above average breathability. Which other features stood out can...
HUF Southern check-out

HUF Southern check-out

We can’t review them all. With nowadays variety of brands and the amount of new models that drop every month, it is a war you can’t win. Nevertheless, some models stick out and deserve some shine, even if it’s not possible to feature them in an indepth review. An example...
Lakai Marc review

Lakai Marc review

Long overdue, but sometimes things don’t quite work out as planed. Ever since the Bright tradeshow in January 2012 it was a done deal to review this newest Scott Johnston-designed masterpiece. It’s a bold statement that proves that small skate shoe brands are not just doomed to follow. High quality...

adidas Lucas Pro review

This is probably the most sought after weartested-review in 2012. We received so many questions and requests to publish the adidas Lucas Pro review ever since the first picture was posted. The wait is over, here it is, please enjoy. Thanks to adidas and especially Jascha Muller for providing the test samples. High Quality PDF file: adidas Lucas Pro review Also check out the teaser clip: adidas Lucas Pro review teaser   “Weird to say, but since the first day, I can feel my board.” This quote of Lucas Puig sums up the newest pro model in the adidas skateboarding range, the Lucas Pro, pretty good. It’s well known that adidas doesn’t give out pro models to their riders easily. Quality over quantity seems to be the slogan within the Portland-based skateboarding offices. After being on Lakai for quite some years, delivering a – if not THE – stand out part...

Converse KA-One & KA-One vulc review

There is always room for improvement with most things, and skate shoes are no exception. Not too long after Kenny Anderson returned home to Converse – one of the best sponsor fits to date – his much anticipated pro model, the KA-One was released. The cupsole model, which shares the silhouette and toebox design with a vintage Converse soccer shoe, was a well-received surprise. Such indoor football models, as the sport is called in Europe, seem naturally suited for skateboarding, with a few minor tweaks ­- A good example is adidas’ Busenitz Pro. However, the Cons designers and Kenny noticed the aforementioned room for improvement and didn’t settle with less. Starting with the summer 2012 releases, the KA-One features a reengineered, more flexible and grippy sole unit, as well as a one-piece toebox design, while keeping the soccer-style toe stitching. How the improved version performs on a skateboard, as well...

Nike Paul Rodriguez 6 review

With the variety of brands, team- and pro model skate shoes, it is not an easy task to pick the most relevant, interesting and innovative ones to review them. In many cases choices need to be made that cause good shoes not to be reviewed at the end of the day due to a lack of time. This unfortunatelly also happend to the the Nike SB Paul Rodriguez series until now.  With the just released 6th iteration of the PRod this will finaly come to and end. Weartested proudly presents the Nike Paul Rodriguez 6 review.   High Quality PDF file: Nike PRod 6 review Intro It only feels like yesterday that Paul Rodriguez made a sponsor change for the history books in 2004 – from the then well-established and successful éS to the relatively young Nike SB division. The move was eyed suspiciously by many, with more than a few...
DC Cole Lite S review

DC Cole Lite S review

DC is focusing on skateboarding again. More than ever. Somehow earlier review plans of a DC model never worked out due to different reasons. With the recent “rediscover DC” campaign it was the perfect timing to finally make it happen. Here it is, the DC Cole lite S review. High...
Emerica Hsu 2 Low review

Emerica Hsu 2 Low review

Due to some changes, the Emerica Hsu 2 Low has been tested in late 2011 but it took until now to publish the review. The long waiting time was hopefully worth it, the model itself definitely is. Thanks to Sole Tech Europe for the test samples. PDF file:Emerica Hsu 2...
Vans Stage 4 review

Vans Stage 4 review

After a small hiatus, here it is, the newest review about the Vans Stage 4. The interesting concept of  4 Vans amateurs giving feedback and more or less designing a shoe together is definitely interesting. The outcome is as well. Thank you Vans for the test samples. PDF file: Vans Stage...
Lakai Linden review

Lakai Linden review

The review about Lakai’s newest best seller, the Linden, is now viewable online. As originally published in the February 2012 issue of Transworld Skateboading. Picture: Lakai.com
Etnies Bledsoe Low review

Etnies Bledsoe Low review

There has never been a review of a SoleTech brand on Weartested before. It never worked out for some reason, although attempts have been made several times. Now it finally happened with the Etnies Bledsoe low. Thanks again for the samples Etnies. PDF file: Etnies Bledsoe low review
Nike SB Salazar LR checkout

Nike SB Salazar LR checkout

With the recent update of the original Omar Salazar pro model, we decided to update the existing review as well. The main idea was to highlight the differences and the improvements in this checkout; it`s not a full size review. Thanks to the Nike SB Europe guys Bjorn and Agra...
Habitat Garcia review

Habitat Garcia review

Just one month on the market and already reviewed, the Habitat Garcia. Thanks to Jaime Fernandez at Habitat for the early samples. To get more background information and small updates, befriend weartested on facebook! High Quality PDF: REVIEW_HABITAT_GARCIA
adidas Ronan review

adidas Ronan review

Many have been waiting for the English Ronan review, here it is. High Quality PDF file: adidas Ronan review
Nike SB Koston 1 review

Nike SB Koston 1 review

I recently had the chance to skate and review maybe one of the most anticipated new models of 2011, the Nike SB Koston 1. Here it is, the Koston 1 review. Thanks to Agra at Nike SB for sending me test samples. High Quality PDF file: Nike SB Koston 1 review...
One week with...the Lakai Guy XLK

One week with…the Lakai Guy XLK

Once more long overdue, I finally had some extra time between writing reviews for Place Magazine, university duties and actual skating to finish the Lakai Guy XLK review. Thanks a lot Kelly Bird at Lakai footwear for providing the test samples. Readers who follow my site on a regular basis...
Gravis Dylan Slip On review

Gravis Dylan Slip On review

Here it is, the English translation of the Gravis Dylan Slip On review, originally published in Place Magazine.  Thanks again to Greg Poissonier at Gravis for the test samples. High Quality PDF file: Gravis Dylan Slip On review
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Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout FW16

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout FW16

For the Fall/Winter 2016 Levi’s Skateboarding Collection, the team over at Levi’s combined their traditional collection with military design aesthetic inspired by the Engineers who helped construct and transform our hometown of San Francisco. The Army Corps of Engineers is an organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Levi’s saw commons roots of the engineer’s work...
adidas Lucas Premiere ADV

adidas Lucas Premiere ADV

Lucas Puig really came onto the international scene as part of Lakai’s French Connection in many of their videos, with a memorable part (frontside smith to kickflip primo) dropping in Lakai’s Fully Flared video in 2007. Since then, he has only progressed further and further into maturing his selection of tricks, style, and also companies....
adidas Lucas Premiere ADV Weartest

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New Balance# Brighton 344

It’s been four years since New Balance’s original partnership with Black Box, which faced a few trials and tribulations regarding their production, and three years since New Balance Numeric has announced their original team, heavily stacked with Arto Saari, Levi Brown, PJ Ladd, and Tom Karangelov. Since that, New Balance Numeric has revamped itself and...
Vans Kyle Walker Pro Wear Test

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The day was a fucking success! That how the kids describe the first Wear Test Event organized by Edan from Weartested.  The day’s event was split up into three different stops, each one related to a technology of the shoe. The 1st stop: Duracap Test We tested out the durability, grip and comfort of the shoe by...
Vans Kyle Walker

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Given the classic shoe models in the Vans product line such as Sk8-His, Old Skools and Half-Cabs that has sustained skateboarding’s technical requirements for decades, it’s not often that an entirely new Pro Model is added into the mix. So when a new Pro Model does appear, you know that a heavy investment of time...
DC Wes Kremer 2

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Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout SS16

Levis Skateboarding Collection Checkout SS16

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Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel

Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel

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DC Smith S

DC Smith S

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adidas Skateboarding Superstar Alltimers

adidas Skateboarding Superstar Alltimers

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