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Iggy
April 16th, 2010, 08:29 PM
Don't know if these would actually work, but they'd be awesome if they did.

http://www.zappos.com/images/z/1/1/0/1105148-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg?

Puma Running shoes. Light weight, low cut, and best of all the breathable mesh. Tell me that wouldn't be nice to have skating outdoor in the heat of summer. I think with Armadillo's dragon plate sole stiffener these would be sweet skate boots. I don't know if the lateral support would be there, though it looks like there might be something of a heel counter on them.

Armadillo
April 17th, 2010, 07:45 AM
Don't know if these would actually work, but they'd be awesome if they did.

http://www.zappos.com/images/z/1/1/0/1105148-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg?

Puma Running shoes. Light weight, low cut, and best of all the breathable mesh. Tell me that wouldn't be nice to have skating outdoor in the heat of summer. I think with Armadillo's dragon plate sole stiffener these would be sweet skate boots. I don't know if the lateral support would be there, though it looks like there might be something of a heel counter on them.

These look rather lightweight, and the sole curl up at the toe may give you a problem. If you pull the sole down flat to the plate, it often causes the toe box to distort enough to make your arch hurt. Also, there does not seem to be enough stiff heel and side counter to offer much lateral support (as you mentioned).

I am skeptical of nearly all the running shoe designs because of their excessively NON-FLAT soles. They are also typically NOT engineered to handle much in the way of lateral thrust since running does not normally require this motion. Some of the cross trainer shoes are like running shoes as far as weight and cushioning, but the also have good lateral support, but they still curl up too much at the toe for my liking.
Other good lateral support sport shoe concepts come from tennis (mostly heavy), badminton (light), boxing, and baseball -- in addition to the more common ones here at SLF of soccer and basketball.

-Armadillo

Iggy
April 17th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Well as far as the toe is concerned, I think these would fix that:

EDEA Power Wedges

http://www.skatesus.com/store/images/acc_power-edge.jpg

http://www.skatesus.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=0_46&products_id=169

And concerning the lateral support, I'd be interested in trying a pair of these on to see. I know my soccer cleats only have counters in the heel but the lateral support is still quite good. Though those are leather (well, fake leather) and these running shoes are a softer mesh. Though I think as long as the fit snug and that rubber looking part on the heel does act as something of a heel counter, they might work.

Armadillo
April 17th, 2010, 05:50 PM
The Power Wedges sound great, except perhaps for their one-size fits all aspect. At least they are hollow for less weight, but not sure how well they would work on a glue mount, or when screws pass through the hollow zone. The shape looks kind of pointy too at least for running shoes. Perhaps it's just the angle.

http://i489.photobucket.com/albums/rr259/RRLedford/SpecialHardware/acc_power-edge.jpg

Mounted on skates view:
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll276/SSmith28/Skates/100_4217.jpg

-Armadillo