The Vans AVE Pro is the brands most technologically advanced skateshoe! Most important for you as a skater is that it's super light and mega durable. Both the sole and the upperlayer will last you a long time, making them worth every penny. Like every Pro Vans they also have a rubber layer under the fabric and Duracap outersole. Shock absorption comes from Ultimate Waffle: a little, removable insole + a big impact absorbing insole built into the transparant cup sole. White/Smoke is the newest colorway, comes with extra set of laces. We had these model for two seasons now and had nothing but positive feedback.