Gum soles are durable and grippy, which makes them perfect for sticking to a skateboard hour after hour. Though some skaters love them, your final footwear choice will depend on the style of skateboarding you prefer. For example, their high level of grip can make it tricky to perform kickflips.
If the gum extends around the toe cap, like on the Skate Authentic Shoe, then that gives skaters the extra bit of grippy push you need as the board rolls across your toe during the flip. Generally, if you’re doing low-impact tricks, gum soles will be sweet, and they’ll last for many sessions in the park.
Gum soles are also loved by skaters because they tend to be thinner, which has two advantages: a shorter break-in time and enhanced boardfeel. Your feet will get more information from the board and the surface you’re on, so the shoe will feel like an extension of your foot if it fits snugly. That means you’ll sense everything and be able to judge pressure and direction, essential for fine-tuned ollies and manuals.