So, after you’ve decided you’re totally set on getting a snowskate. The next thing you’ll usually wonder is, what kind of shoes should I wear?
Well, this is another tricky question because picking a snowskate shoe is like a choose-your-own-adventure story. There is no universally correct answer. So, I can’t just tell you what shoe or even what KIND of shoe to use. The only universal thing I can tell you is a flat sole is going to give you the best feel.
The true skateboarder guys go for a skateboard shoe and just treat it profusely until it is sort of waterproof. Alan Gerlach actually puts plastic bags over his socks. These guys usually end up with wet, cold feet, but they are usually so hardcore that they don’t complain. If this sounds like you, go for a skateboard shoe. Vans makes a few real “Snowskate Shoes.” Check them out on Daddies Board Shop. DVS makes some “Snow Skate Shoes” too. Check them out on Endless.
The legit snowboarders usually go for a good Gore-Tex lined hiking boot…with the flattest sole possible. These will keep your feet the driest, but you definitely won’t look as cool as a hardcore skateboarder dude. If you are just a moderately cool person who wants warm, dry feet, this would be the option for you. (This is the category I fall in.) These are the Keens that I wear onBackcountry.com. They have too much heel, (but I still love them.) These Keens on Amazon.com look awesome too.
Old school, for real snowskaters are always on the lookout for the best possible snowskate shoe option, regardless of how strange and crazy they look. I can’t find the exact boots that Pat Bonser wears, but they are something like this from Addicted to Hunting. I think they come with elk pee on them. So, that’s a plus. If you don’t mind camo, elk pee, and being a mad scientist, something crazy like this might be great for you!
Whatever you chose, don’t use your old snowboard boots. The point of snowskating is to get you out of those. Ankles and the feeling in your feet are important when you are snowskating, so just don’t do it.
So there you go, now get out there and CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!