So over the last few weeks I got a good chance to really step into a set of Brooklyn Workshop's Elby shoe.
To work them in I spent two weeks in California skating every day. Normally I'm pretty conservative when it comes to shoe use but I gave these a beating and tried not to baby them. I forgot to take photos when they were clean and new but you can check them out at the Brooklyn Workshop webpage in a variety of colours.
When you pick up the shoe you can see they worked through every detail before releasing them. They really thought of everything.
Its nice to see the entire shoe is low profile. The sole starts quite thin but still durable. This makes the board feel incredible. Similar to a converse or vans style slip on you can fold the shoe in half or twist it a full 360 with ease.
The sole despite its thin profile is still very durable foot breaking and constant shifting on top of vicious grip left them only a little bit worn. My only beef is the red colour on the sole isn't the same layer as the gum colour. When worn down it begins to peel, I didn't notice it underfoot so its probably not a big deal.
A little bit of peeling.
See not a big deal but I'm picky
Another nit picky detail is the shoes come with metal lace ends. Great for those fraying ends but I tend to tuck my laces into my shoes and they are a bit bulky.
They also added extra material all around the toe and up to the first lace loops. Helps with falling and when you get your ollie on. As you can see I don't do that many ollies but if I did I'm pretty sure my laces would still be tight!
All in all a great shoe. Really durable, extremely light, great board feel and not a bad price at $68.
Check out this sweet shot from Trent Stake of me riding the shoes
|Photo: Trent Stake Riders: Justin Readings and Daniel Favela|