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Latest skate shoes reviewed

MF grabs a deck and heads to the park to test out four of the latest skate shoes.

Latest skate shoes reviewed | Men's Fitness UK
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DC Tonik | Men's Fitness UK

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Unlike DC's more moonbootish kicks [the ones you'll find in JJB Sports], these pared-down shoes offer a tight fight and great board feel. They also feature plenty of cushioning and a tough sticky rubber outsole. The result? A vulcanised shoe that'll last longer and retain its shape better than a lot of the plimsole-like skate trainers on the market and will protect your heels when you're attacking big gaps.

Price: 

£49.99

Available from routeone.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Es La Brea | Men's Fitness UK

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This understated shoe has a more streamlined appearance than a lot of skate shoes, making it more adult-friendly. What's more, the springy insole and supportive cupsole make it sublimely comfortable. The big problem with these kicks, however, is they just don't last – the upper feels a bit papery so if you're hard on them you'll be down to sock after a handful of skates. One for the pub rather than the park.

Price: 

£55

Available at kateskates.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Converse Trapasso | Men's Fitness UK

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Mid-tops offer extra ankle support but they can limit manoeuvrability, meaning they're great for those who tend to roll their ankles but can be a little too constraining for the less delicate amongst us. Stability aside, this narrow shoe has a nice grippy sole, is thin enough that you can feel what your board is up to under your foot and the outer is strong and thick so it can handle a real thrashing from your grip tape. Only let down by the rather high price.

Price: 

£64.99

Available at surfdome.com (opens in new tab)

Adidas Gazelle Skate | Men's Fitness UK

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While this eye-catching trainer is well-suited to wider-footed skaters, it'll feel positively cavernous to the narrow of foot. On the performance front, the shock absorbent heel and padding around the ankle make it highly protective, well-cushioned and supportive, but a lack of layers on the upper mean it won't last that long. So while it gets a big tick on the performance front, it gets an equally big cross for durability.

Price: 

£54.99

Available from office.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.