Skateboarding Product Reviews

Winter Skate Shoe Review

Emerica/Heroin Heritic II

OK, this our Shoe of the Year without a doubt and not only because Mark “Fos” Foster designed the dope Heroin graphics for this shoe either.

Emerica generally provide the best shoes for skateboarders out there, I think a lot of people would agree with us on this but The Heretic II is one of the most comfortable shoes on the market with its simple design and toughened rubber outline.

If you like skating in narrow shoes such as Vans Rowley 1’s for example, these will probably be too bulky for you but wearing these out to party in is another great option, they can be worn anywhere. Go to for more info. Right, now let’s now talk about those dope graphics…Z

Globe Focus – SWYD – The Pritchard Signature Shoe

SWYD stands for “Sleep When Your Dead” and the man that used this phrase more than most this year is Dirty Sanchez fulltime stunt knob Matt Pritchard. We love those guys here at Crossfire so we were stoked when we heard that Pritch has a shoe out on Globe. Keep your focus in these clean, technical skate shoes with smooth leather or soft suede upper in a technical skate style, with stitching accents, a plain toe with perforation accents, and side stitched stripes. You can find an embossed and stitched Globe logo on side, heel, and tongue plus a full lace up front, with a padded collar and thick padded mesh tongue featuring keeper straps. Soft fabric lining and a cushioned insole keep your feet warm and they sport a Grippy gum rubber outsole for maximum board control.

Tech jargon aside, these babies are plain and simple, easy to skate in and definitely represents in quality as one would expect from a company like Globe. They come in great colour ways and this particular pair has a nice bit of graph wrapping the back of the shoe. I’m a suede man myself, but found these leathers relatively grippy and very comfortable whilst ollieing up a curb. Now venture out and purchase a pair of these, they are one of the few skate shoes that are really worth the money spent! for all info. AC

DVS – Nova

I admit that I don’t usually rush to the DVS display when I look for a new pair of kicks, but in todays competitive skate shoe industry and among the hundreds of different models on offer, the new DVS Novas come correct. No bells and whistles just a simple functional shoe with a sweet suede upper and sticky gum sole. I started to skate these straight out of the box which is always a big thumbs up by my standards.

On the simplicity side of things, the stitching is double but I won’t hold my breathe and expect to still be skating them a few months down the line. Overall, the DVS Nova is appealing and even my mum said they looked nice, so that must mean something! for all info. RLD

DVS Shoes – Dill 4 Signature Shoe

With a gum sole and a suede upper, these DVS Dills are ready to skate from the box as they are pretty flexible being a thin shoe. with a hidden lace loop. There is nothing else that is special about these shoes, no hidden features, no bullshit, just straight up out of the bag skate shoes with a nice go faster stripe at the back end, just like the rider who skates them.

Now go buy the DVS video Skate More as it’s arguably the best on offer from 2005. for all info. Z