This year saw technical advancements play a major role in the pro models segment of the skate footwear market, but many of the shoes listed here come from a minimalist direction. That “everything on the inside and not so much on the outside” formula has been working lately in skateboarding and you can imagine that trend will carry on into 2014. For now let’s take a look at the companies who got it right this year with The 10 Best Skate Shoes of 2013.
Reggie Altema is a Haitian writer from New Jersey who grew up obsessed with music and skateboarding but despised east coast winters, so the former Fat Beats New York employee escaped to Los Angeles where he could skate all year round. When he’s not out walking his pitbulls, he listens to Bebop and contributes to ESPN Skateboarding and Sneaker Report.