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CATIBA Pro: A Different Kind of Skate Shoe

Shoes are an essential part of skateboarding equipment. Finding a pair of high-quality, durable skate shoes will optimize your performance while protecting against all-too-common skateboard injuries.

Introducing our CATIBA Pro, a pro skate shoe that combines high performance, classic aesthetics and comfort with the durability of hand-crafted construction and premium, planet-friendly materials. It’s also a great guide to what you should look for in a sustainable, quality skate shoe.

CATIBA Pro: A Different Kind of Skate Shoe

Shoes are an essential part of skateboarding equipment. Finding a pair of high-quality, durable skate shoes will optimize your performance while protecting against all-too-common skateboard injuries.

Introducing our CATIBA Pro, a pro skate shoe that combines high performance, classic aesthetics and comfort with the durability of hand-crafted construction and premium, planet-friendly materials. It’s also a great guide to what you should look for in a sustainable, quality skate shoe.

Our Upper Materials

For our upper, we chose a combination of organic cotton canvas and premium suede, a combination of two durable materials to take advantage of the best properties and use case of each.

Canvas is a classic material for skate shoes, and it was a natural choice when building our CATIBA Pro. Skaters have been wearing canvas shoes since the 70s! The advantage of canvas is that it is light, flexible and breathable. We pair our GOTS-certified organic cotton canvas with ethically sourced suede, strategically placed at the flick point and other high-impact, high-friction points. By combining these two premium materials, we optimize comfort, weight & flexibility, as well as extend the lifespan of your pair.

Our Upper Materials

For our upper, we chose a combination of organic cotton canvas and premium suede, a combination of two durable materials to take advantage of the best properties and use case of each.

Canvas is a classic material for skate shoes, and it was a natural choice when building our CATIBA Pro. Skaters have been wearing canvas shoes since the 70s! The advantage of canvas is that it is light, flexible and breathable. We pair our GOTS-certified organic cotton canvas with ethically sourced suede, strategically placed at the flick point and other high-impact, high-friction points. By combining these two premium materials, we optimize comfort, weight & flexibility, as well as extend the lifespan of your pair.

The All-Important Outsole

When designing the CATIBA Pro family, we began by finding a perfectly weighted natural rubber. Our raw rubber is ethically harvested through “tapping” the Hevea brasiliensis tree for sap—no trees are harmed in the making of our shoes! We then developed a grippy, herringbone-pattern vulcanized sole with enhanced foxing for added traction and shock protection. Vulcanized soles are lighter than traditional cupsoles, with the added benefit of more boardfeel and flexibility.

The All-Important Outsole

When designing the CATIBA Pro family, we began by finding a perfectly weighted natural rubber. Our raw rubber is ethically harvested through “tapping” the Hevea brasiliensis tree for sap—no trees are harmed in the making of our shoes! We then developed a grippy, herringbone-pattern vulcanized sole with enhanced foxing for added traction and shock protection. Vulcanized soles are lighter than traditional cupsoles, with the added benefit of more boardfeel and flexibility.

Protection & Stability

Skate shoes also come with a range of features that are designed to protect the shoes and the wearer’s feet. This includes things like heel protection, insoles and reinforced stitching.

Heel bruises are a common problem for some skaters. To address this, our skate shoes come with a cushioned heel collar–on both low-top and high-top styles–provides added support and stability. The CATIBA Pro family provides exceptional comfort, with our signature cork, mamona oil & bio memory foam eco-friendly insoles.

CATIBA Pro is built to last with a fully-stitched outsole and triple-reinforced flick point, designed to withstand more wear-and-tear than your typical skate shoe.

Protection & Stability

Skate shoes also come with a range of features that are designed to protect the shoes and the wearer’s feet. This includes things like heel protection, insoles and reinforced stitching.

Heel bruises are a common problem for some skaters. To address this, our skate shoes come with a cushioned heel collar–on both low-top and high-top styles–provides added support and stability. The CATIBA Pro family provides exceptional comfort, with our signature cork, mamona oil & bio memory foam eco-friendly insoles.

CATIBA Pro is built to last with a fully-stitched outsole and triple-reinforced flick point, designed to withstand more wear-and-tear than your typical skate shoe.

Low Tops or High Tops?

CATIBA Pro is available in a variety of colorways, in both low-top and high-top styles. Your choice is just a matter of preference in style and stability!

Low-tops are probably the most popular choice among skateboarders. This comes down to the fact that the lower cut provides better ankle mobility. The increased freedom of motion tends to lend itself better to more control and precision for tricks.

High-tops provide a little more protection around the ankle. CATIBA Pro High offers plenty of cushion with a higher cut, a great option if you’re looking for extra stability.

The above-mentioned points can help you find the right skate shoes. Beyond that, you should also consider the sustainability of your sneakers. The CATIBA Pro skate shoe is made from natural premium materials, to provide the comfort and quality you need to perform at minimal cost to the environment.

We also launched our Single Shoe Program, a solution to skate-related shoe waste. This is a first-of-its-kind program that gives you the option to replace a worn left or right shoe, extending the life of your favorite pair and reducing waste 2:1.

This is in addition to the impact we create through long-term initiatives, like our Pair-for-Pair Reforestation Program. For every pair of CATIBA Pro sold, we plant two trees in the Brazilian rainforest.

Low Tops or High Tops?

CATIBA Pro is available in a variety of colorways, in both low-top and high-top styles. Your choice is just a matter of preference in style and stability!

Low-tops are probably the most popular choice among skateboarders. This comes down to the fact that the lower cut provides better ankle mobility. The increased freedom of motion tends to lend itself better to more control and precision for tricks.

High-tops provide a little more protection around the ankle. CATIBA Pro High offers plenty of cushion with a higher cut, a great option if you’re looking for extra stability.

The above-mentioned points can help you find the right skate shoes. Beyond that, you should also consider the sustainability of your sneakers. The CATIBA Pro skate shoe is made from natural premium materials, to provide the comfort and quality you need to perform at minimal cost to the environment.

We also launched our Single Shoe Program, a solution to skate-related shoe waste. This is a first-of-its-kind program that gives you the option to replace a worn left or right shoe, extending the life of your favorite pair and reducing waste 2:1.

This is in addition to the impact we create through long-term initiatives, like our Pair-for-Pair Reforestation Program. For every pair of CATIBA Pro sold, we plant two trees in the Brazilian rainforest.

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