Emerica Figueroa Wear Test by Bryan Hansen

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate BlogOver the past three weeks I put these shoes through the ringer.  I’m able to skate about 8 hours a week, so this is roughly 24 hours of skating in the Figueroas.

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate blog First Impression: This shoe felt amazing the first time I put them on my feet.  It was snug fitting with a bit of a narrow shape, really holding my foot in.  Straight from the shelf to the streets, the Figueroa is skate-able right out of the box, no break-in needed.

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate blog Board feel: For a cupsole the Figueroa has great board feel.  I’ve struggled with “performance cupsoles” from other brands where there’s basically an EVA wedge under your heel, but the Figueroa’s mid-sole stretches the entire length of the shoe.  This full-length mid-sole does not make the shoe feel bulky at all, Emerica nailed it with this one!  Just enough padding under foot to get that happy medium between board feel and impact protection.

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate blogDurability: This colorway is made from synthetic-nubuck, animal friendly but also able to take a beating.  The first session was a bit rough due to the fact that the outer coating on the synthetic-nubuck is extremely grippy.  After about an hour I’d worn off the outer layer in the high wear areas and the shoe became much easier to skate.  The synthetic-nubuck is a durable fabric very similar to the feel of suede, but stays stiffer longer, helping the shoe retain it’s original shape.  The ollie and flick areas are definitely showing wear, but I still haven’t blown through the upper yet.

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate blogGrip: The thin EVA mid-sole in the fore-foot combined with flex-grooves on the sole help keep this shoe flexible allowing it to conform to the shape of your board and grip more surface area.  I would compare the grip on this shoe to a vulcanized model.  Obviously not as grippy as a vulc, but definitely a close second.

Emerica Figueroa Wear Test Vegan Skate blog Verdict: Hands down, the Emerica Figueroa is my favorite shoe from 2015, and easily in my top 3 favorite shoes of all time.  A cupsole that grips your board, great board feel while still being able to jump down stairs and gaps, and solid toe shape with quality flick.  If you’re looking to make the transition from vulcanized shoes to cupsoles, want a long-lasting cup with board feel, or just looking for a solid shoe, the Emerica Figueroa is for you!


Emerica size 7-13 $34.99


One of our readers Bryan “Swash” Hansen for sending in his skate review of the Emerica Figueroa.  Bryan sent us the review after noticing we were sleeping on the shoe reviews.  We really appreciate it. Thanks for lighting the fire under us to get the content moving.  It looks like we posted this a little late in the season, but that could be your gain.  At 35 dollars, these shoes are a steal!!!

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Ed Templeton receives Legend Award

Transworld Skateboarding Ed Templeton Toy Machine Loyal Pawns Vegan skateboarderEd Templeton was honored with the Legends Award at last weeks Transworld Skateboarding Awards. As a professional skateboarder for nearly 30 years, Ed has contributed massive influence to our subculture. From ground breaking tricks to art; Ed has (several times) built up the heaviest hitting skate team with Toy Machine in several eras of skateboarding.

Thanks for all you’ve contributed to skateboarding Ed, thanks for the interviews and support too! Here is a video for your viewing pleasure from Ed’s part in Toy Machine Live!  Bonus its got two songs with the vocals of Mr. Guy Picciotto!

-Mr. Fakie

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Servant Dagon

Servant Dagon vegan skateboard shoes faux suedeThe Servant Dagon IS a go-to vegan skate shoe. Not one colorway, but all the colorways! The model pictured above has been updated in color, but the same specs can be found on the previous edition we ran skate reviewed. The upper is made of a faux-suede called 4Skin which is as durable (if not more) than animal-based suede.  The canvas colllar has some medium cushioning that keeps ankles protected. The tongue is a thin mesh. It feels substantial but it really lets your feet breath.

Servant Dagon vegan skateboard shoes faux suedeThe Dagon came highly recommended from our last skate review. A few things we did hear back in the comments was, sizing was sometimes off. The overwhelming majority found the shoe was a 1/2 size larger.  So you might want to order a half size down.  Servant has a nice size guide on their website, so use it.  If you get the wrong size, their shipped out of Michigan so getting an exchange isn’t too difficult.  (We’ve listed several colorway to give you the best option in sizes, but the Blue Gum are pictured above.)

Blue/Gum size 7.5-11 $75

Red size 5-11 $75

Black size 6-12 $75

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Mike V. at Pizzanista

Mike Vallely Pizzanista Marc McKee Salman Agah

Salman making the dough. Salman, Marc McKee and Mike V w/ The Barnyard Pizza box. and The Please Don’t Eat My Friends Pizza! photo: Kevin Marks

Pizzanista hosted Mike Vallely a couple weeks back to talk about his infamous “Barnyard Board.” The shape of the deck was seen a precursor to modern street decks, but the Marc McKee graphic also has a story behind it. With the anniversary of the deck, we’ve seen a re-issue on Street Plant Brand, the Servant Collab shoe, and now a pizza box.  Mike gives a little more detail to that story (which may have been misrepresented in previous tellings) of the board.  Kevin Marks, contributing-editor sent in his account of the evening with the edited video below.  We might be hearing from Mike V again soon, so be sure to check back often.

Take it away Kevin…………………………………

I didn’t see this one coming… but Mike Vallely is vegan along with his whole family. Mike told me last night that 2 years ago he found himself walking through Louisville, KY.  He went past a hog slaughterhouse and the noises & smell repulsed him and he then made the decision to not eat animals any longer… as of Sept 2015 he and his family are embracing veganism.

That night’s story telling event at Pizzanista was amazing. I came to find out that Salman Agah is a committed vegetarian and sees Pizzanista continuing to break ground on vegan options and less meat. The pesto pizza that Mike and Salman crafted called the “Please don’t eat my friends” was insanely good and Salman is considering keeping it on the menu permanently.

Full video of the evening is up on Youtube from Jason Bush.

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Vegetable Shredder – Misha Pishulin

vegan skateboarder vegetable shredder  Misha PishulinNAME: Misha Pishulin

LOCATION: Crimea, Ukraine

OCCUPATION: travel, skateboarding and music.

Where do you like skating? On the streets of the Crimea and sometimes in the local skatepark.

Why did you go Veg? In 2011, I watched a movie ” Earthlings”  and this greatly changed my views. Since that time, I am vegan. Any violence toward animals is a crime.

Misha Pishulin vegan skaterWhat is your favorite thing to skate and why? Street, stage, railing, gap. A true spirit of freedom. I really love it.

Misha Pishulin vegetable shredder vegan skateboarderWhat shoe are you skating in now? Now I ride in VANS Chukka Del Barco, but my favorite shoes for skating is the Dekline Harper.

Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg…

Go vegan! P.S. excuse my bad english*

I was very excited to get Misha’s Vegetable Shredder in my email last year all the way from Crimea!  Sorry it took so long to get up, is it now Crimea, Russia? I hope the stickers I sent got to you. Embargoes can be a real pain though.

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Huf Classic Lo

Huf Classic Lo Vegan skateboard shoe canvas animal friendly shoesHuf Classic Lo come in a vegan colorway that reminds you of that other all black lo-top. These may have a bit of a higher price tag then you remember, Chuck.  Skate-goth doesn’t come cheap. The vulcanized canvas shoe features a soft foam insole, a protective toe-cap to give some extra skate wear and a rubber heal for a sturdy grip around the balls of the foot.

Huf Classic Lo Vegan skateboard shoe canvas animal friendly shoesSome would argue the value, and maybe the skate-life is all in the details. Extra durable canvas and hidden stitch lines.  (We still haven’t heard back from Huf about a pair for skate review, so readers can post their experiences in the comments)  A big advantage with the Huf Classic may also be the shear range in sizes. So for the small and large footed alike, Keith’s got you covered.

Huf size 5-13 $70.00

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North Carolina Ag-Gag Law challenged

Ag-Gag North Carolina

image via Mercy For Animals

North Carolina’s Ag-Gag Bill (N.C.G.S.A. 99A-2) just went into effect. The law punishes whistleblowers and undercover investigators for reporting animal and worker abuse.  We reported last May on the campaign to have the bill which passed in the state legislature to be Vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory. Soon after the Veto however, North Carolina legislatures overturned the veto.

The passing of North Carolina’s Ag-Gag law means there is one more state that will punish people for reporting violations of animal cruelty laws and violations to workers safety.  The language of the bill paraphrased is saying,  If the public doesn’t have access to see the abuse behind our closed doors, then we will punish you for exposing it.

Public Justice, a group who represents animal rights and consumer advocates have already brought lawsuits against the state.  They where successful, with a coalition of groups, to strike down a similar law passed in Idaho.

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DC Evan Smith Hi

DC Evan Smith Skateboard Shoes Vegan hi-top Pittsburgh skaterThe DC Evan Smith Hi comes in two vegan colorways and that is the only way it is made, currently. Black and Gray, or White with red and blue details.  The shoe is an all canvas upper with rubber toe-caps that should give the Hi-top some added durability and skate life.  A tall padded collar will save your tender ankles and make sure your pant legs are properly cuffed!

DC Evan Smith Hi Skateboard shoe Vegan

Evan Smith Hi sole (white colorway)

The vulcanized sole claims some great impact protection with deep circle pockets over the DC pill pattern.

Pittsburgh Evan Smith David L Lawrence Convention Center skateboarding I got excited when I saw this picture from Evan’s new DC add! (Maybe some of my Pittsburgh readers know the spot.) The lo-top version of The Evan Smith does have suede. Kind of bummed, and Evan is too. In his recent Thrasher interview with Michael Burnett here is an excerpt of what Smith had to say,

“I’m not interested in being one to benefit off the slaughtering of animals. I think it’s complete bullshit and garbage. I mean, I’m pretty bummed on myself for even using suede in the first place. I am. I’m actually bummed on myself and everyone who’s reading this should be super bummed on me for using suede.”

Evan also says that when he does a revision of the shoe he would like to completely eliminate suede! We’re looking forward to it! If you want to see Evan rip up a ton of Mr. Fakie’s favorite Pittsburgh skate spots, check the video after you snag some of his new hi-tops!


DC Shoes $70.00 Black/Gray size 7-14

Skate Warehouse $64.99 White size 8-12

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Vegetable Shredder – Shane Miranda

vegan skateboarderNAME: Shane Miranda

LOCATION: Sydney, Australia


Where do you like skating? Concrete.

Why did you go Veg? I realized one day about 3 years ago, that it wasn’t impossible to sustain yourself on a plant based diet and decided “Well, if I don’t need it, I don’t need it!” There was also the whole animal justice side.

vegan skateboarderWhat is your favorite thing to skate and why? Small Ledge or flat-ground. Because of the endless possibilities and the constant re-interpretation of architecture.

What shoe are you skating in now? Macbeth Madrid’s.

Or just say whatever you want about skating veg… I really enjoy the blog and I am excited to see more Aussie Veggie Shredders pop up.



Thanks for sending in the Vegetable Shredder! Shane kept his short and sweet but feel free to send is an essay if you are so inclined.

Are you veg and shred? Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to fakie@veganskateblog.com  Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)

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Shawn Powers brutally kills lobsters

screen capture from video.

screen capture from video.

Shawn Powers, rider for Palace Skateboards, was exposed on video brutally killing lobsters after smashing a display aquarium in New York this past week.  Over the last few days several New York news outlets have been covering the incident. There is currently no news on charges against Powers, who is seemingly boastful of his actions.

The original video has been removed from Youtube, however a mirror of the video with some unfortunate and unrelated audio “commentary” from wrestling commentator Jim Ross has been dubbed into the video.

In the video you can see that not only does Shawn Powers kill several lobsters, but  at least one eel (and likely other animals) would have died from his actions.  While these animals would have certainly come to their demise as food, Powers violence is particularly brutal.

In a 2012 Quartersnacks interview, Powers describes threatening a man with a realistic looking pellet gun.

Social media has seen calls for Palace to drop Shawn from their roster. VSB would agree, and encourages readers to let their voice be heard. Hit up Palace on Twitter and let them know what you think.

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