Picking out skate shoes these days can be a daunting task. With more brands than ever offering everything from lifestyle chillers to athletic inspired silhouettes, boots, slippers and everything else in between, finding a solid, sturdy pair of skate shoes to actually skateboard in isn't always easy. That's why CCS compiled this Top Ten Core Skate Shoes list to help make the selection process a little easier and more informative. The following items (in no particular order) are shoes that we'd actually skate in, some of our pros skate in and others that we simply just like. Have a look below, pick a pair, order up and go skate.
Half Cab by Vans
When it comes to skateboarding, it doesn't get much more classic and solid than a Vans Half Cab. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, the Half Cab is twenty years strong and has gone more or less unchanged since it's release. If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Bingaman VLC Pro by Osiris
In case you missed our Behind The Design segment with Taylor Bingaman on his new shoe from Osiris, this model is built specifically for hardcore skateboarding. You'll find all the features of a heavy duty skate shoe as well as a deep stache pocket in the tongue for your, uhh, "keys".
Koston 2 by Nike
With a landmark global release just two weeks ago, the Koston 2 from Nike is already making waves. Loaded with a grip of technical features that only Nike could provide, the Koston 2 is fully equipped for any street skating scenario you could come across.
The Reynolds by Emerica
Heralded as one of the most technically advanced shoes the Emerica camp has ever released, The Reynolds was designed alongside The Boss himself to make sure it's tough enough to withstand the gnarliest of sessions.
The Passion by SUPRA
Designed and worm by CCS' own Lizard King, The Passion from SUPRA is one of those shoes that doubles equally as a style icon just as well as it performs on the streets while skating.
The Torey Mid by DVS
With a classic mid-top profile, the Torey Mid from DVS offers everything you need and nothing you don't. Available in a range of color combinations, this simple slide offers everything you'll need to conquer your local ledge.
The Busenitz by adidas
This latest, soccer-inspired shoe from Dennis Busentiz and adidas provides the perfect blend of classic athletic styling mixed with the latest and greatest in skateboarding performance. Odds are if it's good enough for Dennis to skate in, it's probably suitable for you.
The Griffin by Lakai
The guys at Lakai definitely know how to make skateboard shoes and The Griffin is a perfect example of that. This shoe's form fitting upper, tacky outsole and EVA foot-bedding makes it conform to you foot as you break it in and provides unparalleled grip, board feel and comfort on the streets.
The Trapasso II by Cons
As the second iteration of Nick's first pro shoe from Cons, the Trapasso II comes with high-density memory foam and a one piece toe-cap on a classic suede upper—all skate specific qualities for high impact performance.
The Tim Tim by Dekline
If you're in to skating low tops, this is the shoe for you. Simple lines, a cushy insole and double stitching make this a durable and long lasting choice. Check out Tim Tim's teammate Nick Merlino breaking it down HERE.