Ipath Mantis

Hey everyone be sure to check out the Mantis skate shoes from one of our favorite companies, Ipath!. These Ipath Mantis shoes are similar to the Ipath Grasshopper in design and were first released in the spring of 2010.  Like most series from these guys it has the hidden stash spot and is made from vegan materials but these shoes also have a cool removable top strap, solid colors with matching laces and Vulcanized outsole. They stand up great to wear and tear and should last you quite sometime compared to other brands and even to some of the other Ipath series. I bought a pair last summer and skated in them till November and they still look good. I find the bottom took some time to break in and because they’re vulcanized I find it’s somewhat of a trade off of board feel for skate shoe durability. I used the stash spot a lot…lol. These have killer style,  Premium leather and suede upper and solid details and triple stitching. These lo top mantis shoes are made from Hemp and synthetic materials and feature a padded tongue. These are some of the most solid kicks I own at the moment and I’d highly recommend a pair if you do a lot of skating.

Ipath Hemp Shoes


Ipath makes quite a few different shoes from durable hemp material. This falls in line with the companies green attitude and image and it’s a pretty cool thing all around. So let’s check out what’s out right now for ipath hemp shoes.

First up we have the Ipath Cats. Hand down these skate shoes are some of the best feeling kicks you can put on your feet. Super comfortable and a really good fit.  Strong hemp fabric and ventilated suede upper are a nice touch and the look and style to these are a chukka boot style but with a round toe and tough stitching. Like I said these are really comfortable to wear and as with most new skateboard shoes out today they feature a thick protective foam collar for your ankles along with a padded tongue. These items also help with fit especially while skating which is a plus. Also like with most Ipath shoes they have the hidden stash spot in the tongue. I always liked this feature on their stuff. Textile inside and soft,removable foam insoles take the comfort level up ever further. These also have killer grip with good traction on the soles.

Up next we have the Ipath Grasshopper. These are a pretty traditional Ipath style shoe complete with bold colors and fine hemp materials. These are probably my favourite Ipath hemp shoes out today. When I got my first pair of these in the mail I was pretty happy. They were ultra comfort as soon as I slipped them on my feet and and so far they have held up really well I’ve been skating in my pair for just over 3 months now, mind you not every day.

Some features of the Grasshopper include :

Thick, foam collar,really comfortable footbed and padded soft tongue.
Excellent support and feel
Super grippy
Unique “hook and loop” laces feature to keep them secure and in place.
Polyurethane bottoms for awesome board grip and flex
Comes in several colors and styles

For those of you interested, Hemp is a  soft, yet durable and strong fibre that is cultivated from cannabis plants generally for industrial and commercial use. It’s been used for thousands of years and in recent times its used to make paper, clothing, bio plastic food, fuel and of course shoes!….to name but a few.
In the past several recent years hemp has had tremendous commercial growth and success.
Hemp is one of the more faster growing bio masses , this amazing plant can yield over 20 tons per hectare in one year. As far as growing crops go, hemp is quite environmentally friendly it’s growth requires very little pesticides compared to the majority of other commercial crops and no herbicides are requires for Hemp.

Ipath Gall

I bought my first pair of Ipath Gall shoes about 2 months ago and have skated in them a fair amount so far and this is my review of them. So to get the bad stuff out of the way first, I wouldn’t say these are the most durable skate shoe around. After skating in the for about 3 weeks some of the glue on the side started coming off and I did get a small hole in them. Mind you I was using them a lot for skating but compared to say my Ipath reed shoes these got torn up quicker. Having said that I pretty much love everything else about these shoes.
They feature a sturdy Velcro strap which helps to keep everything in place while riding or whatever. I found the bottom grip on them to be excellent even with wet grip tape!  Also the ankle strap is very cool and works great.I also am really into the graphics and colors of the kind I got and the over all look is pretty sweet. I found them quite lightweight also.

Here are some listed features of the Ipath Gall

  • Designed by Ipath pro skater Fred Gall.
  • Leather or hemp upper.
  • Supportive ankle straps.
  • Logo graphics and hardware.
  • Textile Inside.
  • 3X stitching in the front for added guard against wear and tear.
  • Vulcanized Style.
  • Ultra rubber bottom for awesome grip.
  • 17.00 oz.

Ipath pro Fred Gall is a no BS, straightforward street skater who’s wisdom and experience is well beyond his years. He is often referred to as “Uncle Freddy” by his team mates and is looked up to by many in skateboarding today. Fred is as solid as a street skater can get.
This East Coast pro has been ripping it up since the early 90s and shows no signs of slowing down. He is a true master of innovation and always brings something fresh and new to the scene. He is much more focused on shredding and tearing up rough terrain then doing technical flip tricks over and over again.

Ipath Cats Shoes

I purchased my pair of Ipath Cats shoes a little over 6 month ago and I love them. I got them in black suede and the color looks great, it’s a true deep black not faded or washed out at all. They look pretty stylish but they’re still ultra comfortable and I wear them alot and for long hours, so Ive really put them to the comfort test. Ive found most Ipath shoes to be pretty comfortable and have good skate shoe durability. The grey Ipath logo on the back of them really blend nicely into the black suede material.

A little bit of the bottom stitching has come undone and that’s pretty much been the only real drawback for these shoes. They also have that cool hidden stash spot in the tongue like most of their skate shoes do.
IPATH pretty much began in the  streets of San Francisco and NYC. The company was created by a group of skaters who really wanted to redefine what being a skater meant and the art form and sport itself. For lack of a better term they wanted to “think outside the box” and have done very well in doing so. The main goal was to push the idea of being real and keeping true to oneself, whatever that may be…and wherever it may lead you.

Nowadays, IPATH aims to produce top of the line skate products and shoes yet at the same time finding balance with the world around them and the environment. They are a very green and enviro friendly business, obviously ahead of their time in many many ways.. As part of their continued dedication to the worlds environment, Ipath shoes have taken some very large steps to help the overall quality and fit of their footwear.

Ipath Locust

This is my review of the Ipath Locust shoes that Ive had for just over 1 month now:

Fit-8/10

These shoes took me a few sessions to break in. They were somewhat tough to skate in at first but they started feeling good pretty quickly. I would suggest wearing them at home for a day or two to break them in. Also because of the hi tops make sure you wear full length socks so the leather isn’t rubbing against your ankle. Having said that these do fit great and true. They’re not too wide and feel great to skate in. They provide me with lots of comfort and decent protective padding without feeling too bulky although they are a good size shoe. They’re just the right size for my foot, the shoe feels very true to size.

Grip-10/10

These have some of the best grip Ive ever found in a skateboard shoe!  Im also currently skating in a pair of Lakai and they’re not nearly as grippy as the Ipath Locust are. You will stick to the board with these guys on your feet. Also included for use is a Velcro strap which helps the shoes stay on even better with little slipping around. The soles seem pretty tough too and are holding up well..which leads us to..

Durabilty-6.5/10

All things considered (I put my shoes through hell) these are holding up nicely. Some stitching in the toe has come out but that was after a couple weeks of intense skating which is pretty much to be expected. However these are canvass and do not hold up as well as say the Ipath Grasshopper which is made from a tough leather.

Features-8/10

Like most of the Ipath shoes these also feature a hidden stash pocket on the inside part of the shoes tongue, also these kicks are made in a pretty enviro-friendly way by using materials like hemp and organic cotton and while this may not save the world it’s still pretty cool. These shoes also have a leather upper with rounded toe, a special customizable ankle strap for added comfort and fit (a feature I completely love) toe ventilation, foam padded lining, detachable CHT insole created out of coconut skin which Ipath claims will help your fee breath alot. These also feature a shock absorbing gel heel system which is really great especially for big tricks when your heel impacts the ground hard.

Ipath Reed

The Ipath Reed are the signature shoes from pro skater Kenny Reed. They have some pretty far out color and graphics combination’s along with some great features for skating. Some of the Ipath Reed shoes feature Vegan friendly materials. They offer a super comfortable feel and fit with protective foam padding on the color, footbed and tongue. The soles of these shoes are made from durable and tough polyurethane so they should last you a good amount of skate time. They come in some really great colors and styles to suit any look or style you may want. These shoes are made with the true skater in mind and they stand up to a good amount of wear and tear.

Kenny Reed has spent a large amount of time traveling all over the world and skating every single spot he can along the way. Very cool indeed. Reed says not only does he do this just to simply see if it can be done, but immerse himself in new cultures and partake in how other people around the world go about life. Often his nick name is “The traveler” because of this life style. Kenny Reed isnt the type of guy to be sitting around his house for too long, not when there is an entire world out there to skate. This type of lifestyle and philosophy fits right in with Ipath Shoes. Currently Reed is living in Barcelona, Spain.