The most striking feature of any good pair of skating shoes is that they are extremely chunky. Very thick rubber soles are a must, as they help your feet grip the board and prevent you from sliding off as you skate or perform tricks. They are often white but some designs match the sole with the colour of the uppers. Thick, durable laces are another must – so long as you don’t even think of tying the laces into a bow. Thread the laces very loosely and then leave the ends trailing inside the shoe.
Skating shoes often have uppers made of a sort of synthetic suede, or more rarely leather, and it is rare to see skaters wearing any shoes in dull colours. The most popular shoes come in a range of blues, browns, reds and black, usually with some sort of logo or motif along the side. The shoes are highly padded and extremely comfortable to wear, so there is no reason why the shoes you wear for skating should not also make perfectly good everyday trainers.
Many of the best-known brands sell their shoes online. However, most fashionable shoe shops and many sports shops, especially in larger cities, will stock a decent range of skating shoes. If you are after a specific design, take the time to search for it online first, and then to call your local store to ensure they stock the shoes you want.
Because skateboarding shoes are made of fairly delicate materials, they need to be taken care of in order to keep their lustre and shape. If your shoes get dirty, remember that you can put non-leather and non-suede shoes into the washing machine (on a low heat and a short spin), but that the more common suede shoes must be treated carefully, using specialist suede cleaning materials and a wire brush. Leather shoes can be cleaned gently using a damp cloth.