Action sports like skating have evolved over the last few decades to inspire generations of riders to take up a board and express themselves on the streets and parks by testing new flips and tricks which in turn has inspired skate brands to innovate and develop ranges of clothing, footwear and accessories specifically made for comfort, support to aid in your performance and to match current trends in skate communities across the globe. So if you’re new to carving up the concrete or fancy a completely new style to your wardrobe then here are five of the top skate clothing brands you should check out –
Like Converse, Vans are mainly a footwear brand that started by making high quality, comfy, durable and affordable shoes that became favoured by skaters everywhere. This led to the establishment of Vans Skate which offers the Vans quality and comfort but with added technical features for skateboarders and designs to match and the new Vans OTW Collection for the ultimate urban chic fashion with skate performance features. Vans has also branched out into a Vans clothing range with t-shirts, pants, hoodies and more and accessories like sunglasses, belts and even backpacks that covers a number of fashion styles.
One of the issues with mass and rapid production is that quality can end up compromised but Lakai was established by two pro skaters wanted to ensure that apparel and shoes that exactly met skateboarders’ needs were continually available. Each Lakai product has been designed and produced by professional skaters and tried and tested by an impressive roster of team riders before release. Lakai skate shoes are so good that a number of professionals favour them over other premium brands being durable, very flexible and with tacky gum outsoles allowing you to have more control on your skateboard and feature the unmistakable Lakai logo. Even the Lakai clothing like their t-shirts and caps has the same attention to detail and quality so you can enjoy incredible skater fashion how you want it.
A skate brand with a difference; Enjoi clearly don’t take themselves too seriously as each print on their Enjoi clothing usually depicts a design infused with humour and a hint of madness and often with the iconic Enjoi Panda featured. Despite their unique sense of humour you can’t argue that the designs are eye-catching and perfect for urban skate fashion plus the quality and durability is superb. Enjoi originally started by making skate decks and parts which are thought of by a number as the best currently in production but soon expanded to a range of clothing consisting of t-shirts, pants, boardshorts and hoodies allowing skaters to wear premium quality Enjoi products in almost every aspect of skate fashion.
One of the major skate icons, DC shoes are practically renowned throughout skate culture as the best you can buy. The driving force behind the brand was to offer skaters and riders functional footwear that gave them the support and flexibility they need while helping them keep in touch with their board, or pedals for better control and they also offer collections with retro styles, classics and current trends so there’s something for everyone. More recently DC turned their expertise into clothing and accessories with the same approach to hard wearing materials and styles to suit all and always emblazoned with the DC logo which instantly tells you it’s going to be a premier item of clothing.
Like other skate brands Etnies started by producing shoes specifically for skaters by merging the level of performance and support skaters need with style after pro Pierre Andre Senizergues was dissatisfied with the quality from other mainstream brands. Soon after Etnies initial success BMX riders picked up on the popular shoes finding that they were also perfect for riding which allowed the brand to design specifically for both action sports. Today Etnies offer an incredible range of footwear and clothing like t-shirts, caps and shorts which are the staple items for any skater or rider; they even make a range for children so they can enjoy premium skate apparel from the very start.
No matter which skate brand you choose you can’t go wrong as they all have the same aims to give skaters the best fashionable, durable and supportive footwear and clothing possible so all you have to do is focus on showing off your latest skills in style.