As in all things in life, it is a wise idea to start from the ground up when beginning a project so I began literally at the "ground" for my Product Reviews and bring to you the DVS Daewon 13 CT skate shoes. DVS has been in the game almost 20 years, since 1995, so they know what works and what doesn't when it comes to bringing you quality ripper slippers and this model is absolutely no exception. Its a low cut shoe that features perforated vinyl on high impact areas yet a light feel due to the minimalistic approach taken by designers in an effort to bring the rider optimum control and feel of their board no matter what situation you throw them through or off of. This shoe screams intelligent design and functionality is what forms the thread holding the panels together at the seams. There are 5 major things I look for in a skate shoe in no particular order:
1.Board Feel through the sole of the shoe it self. I need to be able to feel the board but also have enough cushion to where I feel confident to attempt gaps or stairs knowing that my feet won't pay as a result of a bail
2.Comfort of wearing the shoe not just during the sesh, but in between spots, to work, and on the go in every day life.
3.Durability is key to me because once I get a shoe broken in and used to it, I don't want it to be thrashed. I want the structural integrity of the shoe to remain intact in that "sweet spot" long enough for me to really enjoy it and get all the good out of it!
4.Tread Grip is huge to me especially when I am enjoying gravity and enjoying some inclines. When speed is a factor I want to basically be glued to the deck of my plank making a sticky and gummy sole a must for me when sliding or cornering roads.
5.Price is important but not a tell all end all. Like most if not all of you cash doesn't grow in the tree in my back yard so buying a new pair of kicks every week is not an option. I need a ride for my feet that won't break the bank.
To test these factors and any others that came my way I wore my shoes for three weeks and put them through my rigors of my daily life and skateboarding life to see if they performed as good as they looked. I wore them every day to work at Eastern Skateboard Supply and skated them every time I stepped on a board. This skating was done at an indoor park and a concrete park, a college univeristy, and some downhill runs in a few different spots. I wanted to make sure that I had a shoe that would hold up to the SKATE EVERYTHING mentality embodied by this site and many of its viewers. I put this shoe through the testing ground that is my life and this is what I thought:
I did not take it easy on these shoes by any means wearing them nearly non-stop for this 3 week trial period and they have been given the stamp saying the stand up to life and ask what more they can do for you. I absolutely love these shoes for all disciplines of skating and highly recommend them to anybody looking for a light weight, comfortable, low cut shoe that has a long life span in this self destructive habitat we have created for them.
#1 Board Feel: 5/5
#2 Comfort: 4/5
#3 Durability: 4.5/5
#4 Tread Grip: 5/5
#5 Price: 4.5/5
I highly recommend the DVS Daewon CT 13 to everybody and anybody out there! I really enjoyed getting to skate and wear this shoe around and look forward to continuing to do so for a while to come!
A huge shout out and thank you goes to Ryan Langhore with DVS for hooking it up big time and supplying the test material in question. Thanks to all of y'all as well out there in cyber limbo for taking the time to tune in and check out the site and this amazing product. Support DVS and check out these and their other shoes in their expansive lineup and by doing so you will be an active member aiding and nurturing the skate community! JAH Bless y'all and shred on!!