The Bottom Line
- Proven design with updated style that actualy looks cool
- Extremely lightweight
- Johnny Layton's first pro signature model
- Nothing all that new to offer, aside from style
- Johnny Layton's first pro signature model skateboarding shoe
- Available in 3 color styles
- Lightweight, classic design
Guide Review - Vans J-Lay Skate Shoe Review - Johnny Layton Signature Pro Skateboarding Shoe
That was Johnny Layton's primary contribution in these shoes - the design. They look good. He says that he was going for a 60's and 70's rock feel in these shoes. To me, they just look good. They come in three colors - a solid black style, black with teal splotching on the side panels, and black with white splotching. I got the black and white pair, and I like them a lot. On the heel is a strange corduroy patch with JL stitched into it - that part isn't my favorite - but the rest of the shoe looks very cool.
But style is only part of the story - being based on the solid classical design that Vans has developed over years of skateboard shoes, these Vans J-Lay shoes are serious skateboarding shoes. Solid stitching, double layers, and the Vans gummy waffle grip sole that's been proven to work all combine to make a good shoe. You'll shred the laces, and you'll eventually destroy the shoes with heavy skateboarding, but you'll have fun and look good while you do it. And there is one more bonus - the Vans J-Lay shoes are very light weight. That's one of the biggest draws to these style of skateboarding shoes, as opposed to the boxy moon boot puffy skate shoes you might see around. Those other styles will protect your feet, but shoes like these Vans J-Lay won't drag you down. They're one of the lightest skate shoes I've worn.