What to Wear When Skateboarding: Key Ingredients for a Great Experience
Everyone has their passion. And for some people, that’s skateboarding. Now, skateboarding is not only a sport that is demanding a lot of focus and physical strength out of you but it’s also a sport for which you need to prepare in many different ways. Practice is the most important element in any sport. But to be able to throw yourself into daily practice and feel comfortable while doing so, you need to know what to wear. Also, skateboarding is an experimental, therefore performative sport, for which you need to have the right outfit. So without further ado, let’s explore some of the most important fashion ingredients to your skateboarding experience.
Pick Your Skate Shoes Wisely
A great skateboard shoe will be lightweight but still have enough padding to keep your feet comfortable and protected. Yout shoes should hold the heel in tightly and have an anti-slip surface underneath. Most skate shoes don’t offer any significant ankle support, but if you can, try to get some that will provide additional protection for your ankle as well. Especially if you’re a beginner. Some skate footwear requires more time to break in so don’t forget to walk around with your skate shoes on to make sure they fit you just right. The principal role of this footwear is to provide you with a superb amount of board feel and control. And if you’re already an experienced skateboarder and you’re just looking to spice up your outfit, we confirm that your shoes are still in the spotlight of your performance. And that’s why your shoes are where you should pay the most attention. Regardless if you’re performing in front of a live audience, filming a movie scene or a music video – equip yourself with the right gear and you’ll thank yourself later for doing so.
Every Skater Has a Signature Look
You don’t have to be a skater to try the skater look, but you must wear appropriate skate clothing if you’re a skater. In the broader sense, this means you must be comfortable and wear baggy clothes with no accessories that will cause you to trip over yourself. And in all honesty, a skater’s outfit simply means being yourself and being relaxed and cool while doing so. As you know, skateboarding first boomed in the ‘60s and with it, the skater style began to develop. However, it wasn’t until the ‘90s that skating transformed from some form of street activity into an absolute global phenomenon. And with it came the global adoption of the skate culture and the fashion that comes with it. If you’re into skateboarding, your wardrobe should present a casual and carefree attitude with a touch of disobedience towards the mainstream establishment. Although nowadays, major designers, brands, social media influencers and celebrities are embracing the skater style but aren’t specifically practising it themselves.
The Perfect Skateboarding Partner: Your Skateboard
Cruiser, longboards, electric, caster boards, freestyle, downhill, street and off-road are the most popular types of skateboards. It’s recommended to start with a skateboard deck width that is proportional to your shoe size. For example, a shoe size between 6.5 to 9 belongs to a deck width of 7.5 to 8.0 inches. Once you have an idea of the kind of board and size you need in regards to the style you like to perform, you may want to pay attention to the design of this board. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of your creative time on it. I recommend checking out any local artists who can fire up that board and bring it to life. Art is meaningful, therefore you’ll be even more inspired to work on your skills and be able to show them off. Skateboarding is a sport that can have only one team member, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a social activity. And in these social activities is where you can find your community and maybe start a skateboarding club with your own logo and stuff. So take your time in building your own style, practice awareness of your space, safety and agility.
Last but not least: the details of your skateboarding experience. And by this, I mean your hat, glasses, belt chain, artsy pair of socks, nose earing, board blazers, stickers, safety pads, glowing helmet, basically anything that you fancy and that makes you stand out from the rest. Finding your creative niche takes time. It’s a process which one develops a whole lifetime but doesn’t mean that you should stop experimenting. Skateboarding is a sport that many find dangerous while a few find extremely satisfying and fulfilling. Whichever group you belong to, the history and culture of skateboarding represent a whole group of people that have accepted the natural rebellion humans feel and want to express creatively.
Safety Comes First
Professional or not, always be aware of your surroundings and make sure you’re wearing as much protective gear as you possibly can. Especially if you find yourself among the urban streets in the city. Knee and elbow pads will smooth out any falling experience, and a helmet could be a total life-saver. So as much as you like to dive into your passion, do so with attendance to your well-being and the well-being of those around you. Although it is an exciting activity that will get your adrenaline going – skateboarding carries with it a serious risk for injury. That’s why thousands of skateboarders end up in the emergency department each year. So be mindful, take care, and enjoy the ride!