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DVS Dresden Mesh As Wakeskate ShoesBy: Dave Barousse
DVS Shoe Company hit the wakeskate scene hard in 2004 and is the first true skateboard shoe company to make an impact in the wakeskate industry. After hooking up with the Cassette team, DVS made shoes for their team riders and decided to put them on the market in 2004. The guys at Cassette have been riding the DVS Dresden Mesh shoes, not to be confused with the special edition Ambush/Buywake Dresden.
To help clear up any confusion about the two Dresden models, we turned to Thomas Horrel. Horrell told us, "there are two mesh colorways of the Dresden in the '04 Summer line from DVS, he black/red and yellow/green. The Ambush/Buywake shoe is limited to 500 pairs and the only wakeskate offering from DVS so far." Horrell then went on to say, "the difference between the two mesh shoes in the 04 Summer line (unlimited run and at all shops that carry DVS) and the Ambush shoe is the different material used for the tongue. Closed cell foam in the Ambush shoe makes the tongue as light as a normal skate shoe. The shoe is definitely going to be a collector's item. Not just because it's the first wakeskate shoe from a legitimate skate company, but mainly because the colorway (beige on taupe) and the limited number in which they are being introduced. I hope everyone likes them as much as we do and we can't wait to start working on the '05 shoe with our friends at DVS."
For the purpose of this article, DVS sent us the mesh Dresden shoes to try. These aren't classed as "wakeskate specific" shoes, but the shoes have features that make them very close. This is actually a good thing for someone who is looking to get more out of a shoe that they want to use for wakeskating and other activities. They can be your favorite school shoes as well as your wakeskate shoes.
The DVS Dresden Mesh feature an open-cell breathable mesh material that make them ultra light. The first thing you will notice about these shoes when you put them on is how much you don't notice them. Is that possible? Basically, just imagine a shock with a sole and that is about how light these shoes feel. Unfortunately, any shoe will have added weight when soaked with water, but the good thing is that DVS has kept the added weight to a minimum. With the open-cell mesh, water is able to escape the shoe and not collect in the bottom of the shoe causing extra unwanted pounds. The tongue on the Mesh Dresden does manage to soak up a good bit of water and we suspect that is why the material was changed in the special edition Dresden. Although the tongue does soak up water, I think other design features of the shoe allow them to stay fairly lightweight. The reason behind the foam in the tongue is so that it keeps the shoe secure to your foot and along with the tongue straps, it gives you added support.
As mentioned above, the mesh Dresden come in two colorways. DVS is offering a black on red and a yellow on green for 2004. Overall, the shoes are very functional and have all of the major components that make a shoe great for wakesakting. Drainage, light weight, comfortable fit, added support and they also look great. The yellow on green colorway also have a gum sole if you are concerned about scuff marks on your boat.
A lot of our visitors ask if it is OK to wear their wakeskate shoes for day to day functions. DVS designed the Dresden with that in mind. Sam Ratto of DVS told us that DVS uses style to differentiate their shoes from other's. Ratto explained, "Our shoe is the only shoe that you would wear to a party then wake up in the afternoon and go wakeskating. All around our shoe is made for the kids that need a pair of school shoes and a pair of wakeskate shoes. Constructed for Deconstruction!"
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