How I maintain grip with my current circa skate shoes is a mystery. They are getting so flat on the bottoms it’s ridiculous!
I usually like the 50-70 USD price range, as I don’t feel it necessary to spend a bunch of money on shoes that are just going to get beat up, and take lots of abuse.
So, if anyone could offer me some advice of shoes (skate/bmx) that have a good, durable pedal-compatible sole I would be most appreciative. I’ve tried a handful of different brands and models since around 2000, like DC, Circa, Globe, DVS, eS, Vans and have gone through Vans stores, PacSun, CCS, and DansComp if that helps anyone out.
I honestly don’t try and use skate shoes. The pair I do have are some 10 dollar pair from walmart which do the job fine, but just feel to loose around my ankle. For me, most skate shoes are like this, even when I lace them as tight as I can, they still end up becoming loose and flimsy. And because of the big mushy material they are mostly made of, I have had my pedal pinds rip chunks of my shoes right off, which sucks.
The shoes I found to have the best grip and feel for unicycling have been hiking shoes, and regular tennis/walking shoes.
I have 2 pairs of Etnies…I just got one a few days ago so only ridden then lightly so far…But my other pair which I still ware are great! Tons of grip but not too grippy and kinda flexxy…THey are awesome! Ive got a pair of vans aswell they are so what…They arent bad for Trials but I heard youve tried Vans already…So I would try Etnies…Maybe for West49 or something…Acually Winners maybe would have some for cheap…Unless there are no Winners in the US?
I got a pair of Hush Puppies for £50 a few months ago. Best unicycling shoes I’ve ever had. Great grip with plastic pedals, haven’t tried them with metal, because it’ll probably rip the sole. They’ve got this really cool rubbery sole, it’s quite soft and very grippy.
I thought they were expensive when I bought them, but they’re worth every penny! Extremely comfortable and have protection for the toes, which saved me a bunch of times.