But recently, the iconic surf/skate brand has branched out and started exploring other avenues, first creating some damn comfortable all-terrain shoes last year with the UltraRange and now thrusting a trio of what they’re calling “experimental surf products” out into the world.
The SURFER staff got an early look at the Surf Boot Mid, and its sole is a textured, sock-thin strip of rubber that is meant to increase grip (and theoretically performance) while maintaining your ability to actually feel your wax.
The Surf Boot High is also an unusually tight-fitting bootie, which probably helps prevent the “ballooning” feeling you can occasionally get with booties, but also makes them require a small feat of strength to pull on.
Is the new line of Vans releases little more than a collection of gimmicks, or is this the kind of outside-the-box thinking that could actually shift the surf industry as a whole, and 10 years from now people will laugh thinking that we used to do barefooted airs and surf whilst laying on small knots? Probably not. But maybe.
While we didn’t have a tropical lineup handy to test out the Surf Boot Mid, we did have 60-degree water and a crumbly, onshore beach break to try out it’s coldwater cousin, the Surf Boot Hi.
But the neoprene on the top section of the boot is perforated to keep the water flowing and your feet from cooking, and, hell, if you can get past the idea of being “the guy wearing booties in 75-degree water”, these things certainly would offer increased control.
The new Vans Surf Trunk is about as streamline as boardies get, with no velcro fly, no bare seams on the interior of the trunks and no bulky drawstring to lay on while you surf.
Read more here: Surfer Mag