Osiris Protocol First Look Review

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolOsiris recently put out a classic skate style shoe called the Protocol that has some features that made us take notice. Most of the Osiris line is directly influenced by the not-so distant past of skateboard fashion. The material and build of skateboard shoes these days are often called into question for being to thin and lacking the padding. Maybe its just VSB readership of cranky old, “back in my day” types that struggle with changing times, (Mr. Fakie is a stubborn old codger too) and the Protocol seems to fill the void for several of us stuck in our ways.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolThe most notable thing, right off the bat is the upper. All Synthetic nubuck and synthetic leather uppers are what we often see asked for in a vegan skateboard shoe. The tongue however is mesh to allow for a breathing foot. Osiris has been putting out all synthetic shoes for awhile in their “lifestyle” brand and they tend to be thick and wear resistant to the business end of grip tape. Synthetics also look super clean and make the shoe feel more significant.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolOne details that set the Protocol aside from a regular lifestyle shoe is the lacing hole options. You can skip the outer later here and save those laces from getting gnarled. Looks a little goofy, but we didn’t get extra laces in either of the boxes Osiris sent.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolCheck out those collars and tongues! “Padded” is an under-statement. The shoe are cushioned all around offering plenty of protection to the lower ankle area. Its almost to much padding and can be a bit restrictive when trying to flick your skateboard. Then again, “back in my day” you popped sloppy kickflips with about 2″ more padding in the toe. This is the furtherest thing from the slipper like shoes the 90’s skaters hate on.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolThat being said, the soles are what Osiris is calling the “VLKN cupsole.” Its got the look of a vulcanized sole, down to the foxing tape stripe and bumper. The feel is pure cupsole however. Even down to the insoles that have more arch support then any skate shoe that we’ve tested. Its sort of a double edged sword. While the support for bigger landings is there, the board feel is certainly sacrificed. While your toe is instantly connected to the board, the heal feels out of place. It feels like a real separation and clumsiness. The break in period for the shoe is significant. If you think you’re going to lace em’ and skate em’ think again. I’d suggest walking around or some light board pushing with the Protocol a good day or two before getting on your board.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolThe ollie area before any abuse. Notice the toe cap and nose of the sole is thinner then a traditional cupsole with a well connected and protected feel.

Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolAfter two hours of sessioning the shoe, with about a day of walking around for break in, the Protocol skates well. The whole shoe is stiff though. The flex of the sole really leaves you wanting more. If this is a hybrid of a vulc and cup then it should be much thinner and the arches should be flattened out a bit. Alternative to that, you could just replace the insoles all together.

The Protocol really hits a certain market. One, is purely for the lifestyle look, i.e. non-skaters who like the look. And Two, Skateboarders who like a stiff shoe and want some real ankle and tongue padding. There are a lot of reasons the core skate companies have gone away from shoes like this. The fact still remains that many of us don’t need crazy thin shoes that allow for wildly technical tricks. Some of us just want a shoe that takes serious impact and protects against a flying board. Thats the Protocol. Check back in a few weeks and we’ll tell you how the Protocol is holding up!


Osiris Vegan Skateboard shoes The ProtocolA note. The White synthetic leather Protocol is the only one left in a range of sizes. We actually got the last two 10.5s in the Char/Black colorway. If Whites not your thing, hopefully you wear a size 5 or 7.

White sizes 7-12(limited 1/2s) $55.00

Black/Char 5&7 $55.00

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4 Responses to Osiris Protocol First Look Review

  1. veganshawn says:

    I can honestly say I hate bulky shoes, always have! I am 41 and skate almost daily and like vulc shoes, the only thing I do is add an extra thick insole. I even recently skated some hi top chuck taylors I found at a thrift store.

  2. Chrispe says:

    First off I want to say I love your blog! I’m a vegetarian that just started skating again about a year ago after taking about 5 years off and I’ve been struggling to find shoes that I like that come in non-animal options. Canvas just doesn’t cut it for me which throws most the options out immediately. I wanted to see how these shoes ended up being durability wise and if they ended up loosening up a bit. I end up literally cursing at newer skate shoes. I wasn’t vegetarian 5 years ago and I don’t think they came in vegan options, but I find myself wishing for a pair of Reynolds 2s or es Accels so these look right up my alley. Newer shoes aren’t durable enough and vulcs normally don’t take impact enough for me, hence the cursing. Anyway, if I missed the follow up post some how let me know, but other wise I would love to see it or even just a short comment about how they ended up.

  3. Chrispe says:

    Also have you actually confirmed the white are synthetic leather. It says the same materials for both colorways on the website, but I think that might be a mistake because they look suspiciously like real leather to me. If not I’ll email or call them before ordering.

    • Mr Fakie says:

      Yes, we confirmed with Osiris that all colorways are synthetic. Sometimes they have the same listing for the different shoes in a line, so we always check with the manufacture first.

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