Ready to jump on that board and make your way to the half-pipe? Not so fast! Before jumping on that skateboard, make sure you are decked out in some of the hottest skating gear available. Here are some of the latest fashion trends for boarders ready to hit the street.
Shoes are Key
When skateboarding, whether you consider yourself a pro or newbie, having the right type of shoe is key. Purchase a shoe that has a reliable grip, to avoid slips and falls. One popular brand worn by skateboarders worldwide is Vans. Other popular brands include Element, Zero, and Habitat.
Skateboarding shoe makers usually use suede and rubber soles that are thick to help with the skater’s grip and stability.
Skateboarding will require a lot of patience, especially if you are trying it out for the first time. Dressing in comfortable clothing is important, if you want to be comfortable along your ride. Wearing tight jeans may constrict or prohibit some of your movements. However, you also don’t want to wear anything that is too loose. Loose clothing is okay to wear, but make sure you are not wearing pants that are five sizes too big. While this is an unusual style nowadays, it also is a potential skating hazard. There’s nothing worse than falling down face first because your pant
Skateboarding is not just a hobby, it’s also a subculture. You will notice skateboarders usually align themselves with the following:
Hip Hop Skaters
Popular Hip-Hop skating brands include DGK, Southpole, Phat Farm among others. Hip hop skaters focus a little more on brand name and the trends that are associated with skateboarding. They will often wear baggy jeans, but it’s important to keep an eye on how low they go, so you don’t have problems performing any tricks.
Punk Skaters are often seen wearing flannel or checkered shirts. A lot of punk skaters opt to wear tighter clothing, as this is what’s in style. You will also notice this style of skater with a beanie hat, complimenting their longer or shaggy hairstyle.
Last but not least, the rasta skater tends to go with the flow! Rasta is short for “Rastafarian”, often associated with Bob Marley’s laid back yet hip style. Most raska staters like to wear hemp or other eco-friendly material, as they are more concerned with protecting and maintaining their environment.