I purchased this shoe in both black and red. The red appears to be a more durable material but after not stepping on a board in 3 years I found myself throwing up tricks at a local skatepark that seemed easier with the shoes. The black Heathrow is decided to use as my skate shoe and I loved it. Not only was it lightweight, solidly built, but after hitting the shoe on some relatively unpunished grip tape, the shoe held up well. I thought the top material would be weak and show severe signs of wear and tare on a long session but it didn't. The shoes are comfortable, and remind me of the old school shoe feel of back in the day. I wish DC always kept shoes around like this. I think that a lot of the early 2000's skaters and millennials were used to skating bigger shoes with more pads instead of these new style nikes. I can't stand to skate in anything less than an original skateboarding sponsor like DC, es, Lakai, Etnies, Emerica...etc.. I never gave vans a shot but I would always give them a chance over Nike as a political move. Again, it was reassuring that these shoes were well made and awesome to skate in. Plenty of ankle action, solid foundation, easy to move around, and light weight. I love shock absorbing shoes, and these proved to stand up to the test of my newer 175lb body. The last time I stepped on a board I weighed 155! P.S. I also use these for my gym sessions!