Osiris Shuriken

Check out the brand new Osiris Shuriken shoe. This is the pro signature skate shoe for Shuriken Shannon. They combine a fresh mix of Suede and action leather and have durable strong materials right where skaters need them most. This helps things like grip tape from shredding your new kicks way too soon. Like many out there today these shoes feature soft foam padding in both the tongue and collar which really helps cushion the foot and also helps against nasty ankle twists. While it’s not possible to avoid these all together this kinda of construction really helps. They also come with a special added lace system which you can decided to use or not. I personally find this great.

I really like the look of these shoes. Currently I own the black and white pair and I like the crisp clean look to them. They have some pretty sweet features also like Metal Osiris logos on the sides and come in a few really cool color combinations. They have both textile lining and insole and give you pretty decent board feel considering their a vulcanized sole. These are about mid range as far as skate shoes go.

You might well be thinking Shuriken Shannon is some sort of ninja star….well you might be correct. He is also a pretty dope pro skateboarder. This guy has been ripping it up for years and he’s only 23!  According to a recent interview he fills everyone on in the fact his dad picked his name for him…which is Japanese and prety much means Ninja star. No suprise since his father has mastered many martial arts and has been training for over 50 years now!

Shuriken is sponsored by Osiris shoes, Billabong, Venture trucks among others and he has been skating for over 13 years now. He claims to have started skating because”It’s the best feeling in the world”

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.