A bit of over a yr in the past, Journey Ideas launched their new Vice (with just a little assist from Kyle Strait). With traditional skate shoe styling and hidden technical options, the Vice was an awesome addition to the Journey Ideas lineup. Now, they’ve partnered with one other freeride legend on a brand new shoe with a bit extra safety – the Vice Mid.
Working intently with Andreu Lacondeguy and different RC athletes, the purpose was to create a mid-top shoe with the added safety that comes with that. However the shoe additionally needed to retain glorious really feel on the pedal and look the half.
The result’s the brand new Vice Mid. It’s a really related shoe to the usual Vice, however the addition of the mid-top makes a giant distinction in terms of match and safety. Just like the Vice, the Vice Mid is constructed with a suede higher which isn’t solely sturdy, however feels immediately snug proper out of the field. There’s virtually no break in interval on these footwear so that you’re prepared to tear immediately.
Persevering with their use of proprietary Rubber Kinetics for the outsole, the Vice Mid makes use of a DST 6.zero Excessive Grip rubber compound to maintain your toes glued to the pedals. The outsole tread contains a “sloped-angle inverse hexagon” sample with hexagons that adjust from 9mm in diameter on the toe and heel to 7mm on the pedal contact space. The result’s an outsole the place you possibly can straight really feel the pedal beneath – in a great way.
Persevering with their use of D30 within the excessive influence zones of the insoles, this tech makes a shocking distinction within the influence transferred to your really feel on bails and massive hits.
I appreciated the unique Vice, however I’ve all the time most well-liked mid-top designs for many flat pedal use. Along with the added safety provided by the upper high, the added lacing permits you to run the footwear tight, or unfastened with out feeling like they’re going to fall off your toes. The Vice Mid is exclusive in that it seems like a slim, comparatively mild weight skate shoe, but additionally feels very protecting.
It additionally feels extremely responsive by way of pedal really feel, identical to Journey Ideas claims. The outsole simply hugs the pedal and transmits each little element as a way to make micro-adjustments on the pedals with out shedding your grip. And but, one way or the other the shoe feels extra supportive than my traditional Vans and different footwear with delicate soles. That is undoubtedly my favourite Journey Ideas shoe but, and certainly one of my favourite ‘skate’ footwear, interval.
Colours, Sizing & Pricing
You’ve got two selections in terms of coloration for the Vice Mid. Both traditional Black & white, or the Andreu Lacondeguy signature coloration of Charcoal & Black. Supplied in full and half sizes from 7-13 U.S., it’s price noting that just like the Vice, these appear to run a couple of half measurement greater than Journey Ideas’ different footwear. I went down a half measurement on these to a 41.5 (which is what I put on in most clipless footwear), and the match is nearly excellent.
Priced at $120, the Vice Mid is obtainable now.