Here’s the first in a series of Weartest features where we take some of the best skate shoes of 2018 and drag them out onto the streets to see how their performance, boardfeel and durability stands up after a solid month of skating.
First up is a firm favourite for 2018 – the skate-specific iteration of what started life as a badminton shoe and has since seen numerous collaborative releases within Converse’s skate range, the most notable of which, probably being the recent Polar Skate Co x Converse Cons Jack Purcell.
Below you’ll find our take on each of the features that make up this particular skate shoe, along with some before and after shots to give you an idea of how well they held up.
Fresh out of the box
The Converse Cons Jack Purcell is a low-profile shoe running the instantly recognisable silhouette originally designed in the 1930’s by badminton player Jack Purcell and subsequently embraced as a staple of the Converse Cons skate shoe range. The shoe combines a classic, simple overall look, with the impact protection and grip that skateboarders have come to expect from a modern-day skate shoe.
A month later
The Converse Jack Purcell skate shoe has a suede upper for improved durability, the iconic ‘smile’ stripe on the rubber toecap, and a grippy rubber outsole.
Inside the skate shoe you’ll find the Nike Zoom Air insoles and the OrthoLite sock liner.
From a purely aesthetic perspective, the Converse Jack Purcell is a great looking shoe: minimal fuss with maximum durability all built around one of the most iconic of all Converse silhouettes.