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Sean Malto and 9 other skaters talk about their personal sneaker habits

Sean Malto

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Accolades: 2011 Street League Skateboading Champion.
Twitter: @Sean_Malto

Favorite sneaker spot?
“I just went to local skate shops. Escapsit in Kansas City. They had all the shoes. I would go there and just look at the shoes on the wall and save up for the one I wanted. I like to hold them in my hands, so I would always go to a local shop." 

How do you choose a pair for an event like SLS Pro-Am?
"It’s all about what you’ve been skating and what works best for the course. I am used to new shoes. I like shoes that are broken in about 30 minutes to an hour.”

Favorite skate shoe of all time?
“I know I’m signed to Nike, but it would have to be the Janoski. I’ve never skated anything better than that one." 

How many pairs do you skate through in a week?
"Usually two pairs. If you’re skating that much, you want your equipment to be dialed in and ready at all times.”

How do you know when it’s time to retire a pair?
“When they don’t feel right anymore. It also depends on what I am doing.”