Vans Stage 4 team models

Vans' new Stage 4 team models feature Vans' new wafflecup construction

Updated: January 11, 2012, 3:00 PM ET
By Keith Hamm | ESPN.com

There's something to be said for skate shoes that feel broken in right out of the box: comfortable, flexible, ready for the ol' flick-and-catch. Then again, a deep heel bruise can be the bane of any skater's existence, so your shoes better provide durable foot protection as the stair-set sessions gain altitude. Skateboarders have long looked to vulcanized shoe soles for the former, and to cup soles for the latter. Along the way, they've tried to tap the best of both. You might spot some ...

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