Etnies RVS Danny Larsen ($80)

This one has a vulcanized rubber sole and artwork by Norwegian black-metal enthusiast Danny Larsen.


Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski ($78)

These kicks from the swoosh are champs. It's tough to distrust 40 years of making shoes.


DC Landau S ($60)

A nice clean looking skate shoe. Not too many bells and whistles, just the essentials—made of suede, solid rubber grip.


Vans Era Pro ($70)

The classic go-to for skating and just hanging around. The Pro version is beefed up with more cushioning and a reinforced suede outer.


Gravis Quarters ($60)

A super light, mid-top skate shoe that looks proper enough to wear out on the town.