When you quit a hobby or sport, there is a perfect Dutch saying to express that. You simply say you ‘hung it on the willow tree’. After a short period of faceplants and two graze wounds permanently ingrained on my knees, I had to admit that, for me, it was time to hang my skateboard on the willow tree. What was left from this embarrassing phase in my life is a hobby that’s a lot less dangerous: The shoes, the footwear designed to skate with. These sneakers do not only look the part; they are built to last.
As you might know, the top of a skateboard is covered with sandpaper. And while you (not me) are frantically practicing your ollies, this sandpaper-like surface will eat your soles alive. This is why many skate brands make it their mission to keep innovating and experimenting with their materials until they find the perfect combination of both ridiculously resilient and ridiculously good-looking sneakers.
Skatestore is one of two skate shops I keep visiting for their great selection of footwear. The guys in the store are super-friendly and I just love browsing their (seemingly) endless wall of colorful shoes. There is a Sale corner as well, with attractive bargains, and to make things even worse for your wallet, Skatestore is located at the beginning of Amsterdam’s biggest shopping street.