2013 Etnies Marana Shoes


After going through some major road blocks with the accidental leak release of  a Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes video we finally can present the newest Etnies skate shoes – the Marana.  Etnies did it again, made an comfortable bombproof shoe that has an unbeleiveable amount of feel.  There as been a long awaited release for the Etnies Marana and we’re glad November 26th has passed.

Get all three!

The Etnies Marana skate shoes come in three simple colorways; black, grey, and red.  The red colorway is considered to be Ryan Sheckler’s 7th promodel from Etnies, and well, it is and isn’t.  It could be caught in the middle of a promodel and a normal skate shoe and be called the Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes.  The features are the same and the only difference we’ve found in the black and grey Etnies Maran Shoes and the red colorway (Ryan Sheckler) is the RS branding logo on the insole.  That’s itTake some time to take the Etnies Marana Shoes in.  They might be the newest legendary shoes that everyone will talk about in 20 years. Now go flick that skateboard.

Etnies Marana Shoe Key Features

Injected rubber toe cap – Skate longer & harder.
Injection EVA midsole – Like a pillow.
400 NBS rubber with deep Flex grooves – Feel the grip.

Etnies Marana Shoe Colors

2013 Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes

Sheckler's Favorite - Etnies Marana

Etnies Marana Skate Shoes

Here it is kiddos, the long awaited Etnies Ryan Sheckler 7 Shoes – actually they’re not called that at all.  The shoe’s real name is the Etnies Marana.  The Etnies Marana comes in 3 colorways, the Ryan Sheckler shoes just happens to have one specific color – red.  We actually caught some heat from a Marana Ryan Sheckler  Shoes video we posted before the November, 26th release date.  It’s all about pushing the limits…

Ryan Sheckler has had 6 different major pro model shoes produced by Etnies; actually there is more because series like the 5 & 6 come in options like the 5 LX and 6 Fusion.  Yes, one could argue Shecks has had more than 6 pro model shoes.  Every Ryan Sheckler pro model has performance improvements but sometimes designs has been used from previous models, for example, the Sheckle 5 has the mid-top and one-piece toe designs of the Shecker 4 and side panel vertical lines from the Sheckler 2.  Its almost has if Etnies is retrofitting Ryan Sheckler pro model shoes for each release, except for this one.

3 Colorways

Here’s the interesting thing, the shoe is actually called the Marana and not the Sheckler 7.  The Etnies Marana Shoes come in black/white, grey/white, or red/white.  Within the Marana shoe styles Shecks has a select colorway – red/white.  The only major difference between the red/white colorway and the others, from what we’ve seen, is the removable  insole with the Ryan Sheckler RS iconic logo and Ryan Sheckler’s name screen printed near the heel cup.  People may get confused as to what insole they’ll receive if they purchase a red/white pair of Etnies Marana Shoes…The samples we shot (gallery below) have the same insole that the other colorways have, yet all of the advertising images show that the Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes have Ryan Sheckler branding on the red/white insole.  Does it really matter?  Nope.

Etnies Marana Shoe Key Features

Injected rubber toe cap – Skate longer & harder.
Injection EVA midsole – Like a pillow.
400 NBS rubber with deep Flex grooves – Feel the grip.

2013 Emerica Bryan Herman Skate Shoes

Emerica Bryan Herman Pro Model Shoes

Bryan Herman knows what he wants in a shoe and Emerica brought his designs to life with this concrete slayer.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a vert geek or hesh street thrasher, the Emerica Bryan Herman skate shoes will bring a new life to your skating.

The triangle tread pattern thin gum rubber outsole sticks to the laziest of grip in crucial times – pair that up with a solid one piece panel and you’ll flick your way into oblivion.  There is 2 key features that make the new Herman stand out:

  1. Medial Mesh “Cold Air Intake”
  2. Three part midsole

Getting sweaty feet skating sucks, it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing Stance Socks or not, it’s bound to happen…unless your shoes have a breathable panel that allows air to freely circulate in and out of the shoe.  The Medial Mesh “Cold Air Intake” in the Emerica Hermans does just that.  Moving beyond breathability and into comfort the Herman has a huge upgrade; the three part midsole.  On top is the high-rebound G6 foam, underneath that is a stabilizing foam carriage that rests upon a thin gum rubber outsole.  Your feet will love you for skating these shoes.

Being Andrew Reynolds‘ favorite skater is a perk for Bryan Herman, but not everyone can be Bryan Herman.  Luckily for us Emerica offers the shoes he skates in.

Best Water Shoes for Men

Water Shoes for Men

Do you enjoy exploring creeks and river beds? How about boating, shore fishing, river rafting, kayaking, hiking through or across streams? Regular sandals, flip flops or old sneakers can sort of do the trick, but they’re not the safest footwear when walking around areas that could potentially become wet. Slippery soles are nothing to mess around with. Wet rocks in a beautiful creek are way more fun to romp around on when you can trust your footing.

Unlike a typical sneaker, water shoes are designed to be worn around water. Not only do they provide safety on slippery and wet surfaces, but they also have proper drainage and venting to keep your feet completely comfortable.  Water shoes are typically made form mesh and have a tough sole. The sole is grippy and maintains traction on wet rocks and slippery surface. Many soles of water shoes also have incorporated a shock absorption material, like Vibram® soles, which allows the shoe to traverse from riverbed to trail head quite seamlessly.

One thing is for certain. Once you pick up a pair of you own water shoes, you’ll wonder why you never owned a pair before! Numerous brands make water shoes these days thanks for their extreme popularity. With different silhouettes, water shoes each have a different intended use. Read on to learn more about water shoe features that fit your needs, then shop around The House’s well picked selection of Men’s Water Shoes! ( Check out our selection Women’s Water Shoes)

What to Look For in a Water Shoe

  • Drainage and Ventilation – If you’ll be sipping champagne on a sailboat with the occasional splash on your feet, drainage won’t be appreciated as much as if you are wading in knee high water to dock the boat. Poor drainage results in squishy shoes and the potential for blisters. Proper water shoes should have multiple drainage points around the perimeter of a shoe. A nearly open shoe with multiple nylon straps also results in natural ventilation. A water shoe that looks more like a sneaker should have several mesh and or neoprene panels for proper ventilation.
  • Sturdy Soles – Thicker soles set the versatile water shoes apart from the occasional beach walker. Even if you won’t be exploring river beds with your water shoes, sturdy soles are likely to last longer and will serve you well should you do some extended walking. Lugs are a nice feature in water shoes, especially if your favorite swimming hole is a mile hike into the woods. Lugs are grooves or thick indentations, often patterned, on the bottom of a shoe to improve stability and traction.
  • Lightweight – If you’re solely looking for a water shoe for rafting or kayaking, a thick sole suitable for hiking might not be necessary. Lightweight water shoes that look more like an “aqua sock” will be perfect. You certainly don’t want your feet to be weighed down as you’re paddling through rapids. They also stay on extremely well should you go for an unexpected swim!
  • Neoprene Heel Reinforcement – Wet shoes, whether a water specific shoe or a plain old sneaker, naturally have the potential to rub on your heel. A tight fitting, adjustable nylon strap will stay in place, but water shoes that aren’t adjustable should have a neoprene panel on the heel to prevent blisters and hot spots.
  • Antimicrobial – Although not necessary, water shoes with antimicrobial properties is an extremely nice feature. Wet shoes in a humid climate are a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Antimicrobial technology will likely have an up charge, but it also helps extend the life of a water shoe.

Please let us know if our article isn’t complete and we’ll update the “Best Water Shoes for Men” list as needed.

Bike Shoes: Chrome Kursk

Chrome Kursk Bike Shoes

It feels good being able to hop off a bike, lock it up, and walk away without clapping around in bike shoes.  The Chrome Kursk bike shoes are designed for the commuter who can’t fully commit to clips or prefers toe cages.

How can a casual shoe be a bike shoe?  Simple, with tons bike focused features – nylon/glass midsole plates give the shoe a stiff responsive feel, reflective heels keep you seen at night, and tongue lace garages offer a great place to park your steel aglets when your pedaling.

If you like the look of the Kursk but ride with SPD cleats you might want to check out the Chrome Kursk Pro that offers clip compatibility.  Chrome has done the Kursk just right, it’s a staff favorite for our commuters.

Fabric: 1000 denier Cordura

Product Source: Guangzhou, China


  • Made of 1,000 denier Cordura with back-padding
  • 100% vulcanized construction
  • Low profile design to better fit into a toe cage
  • Reinforced nylon/glass fiber shank to support the midsole
  • Board lasted sole to eliminate pedal hot spot
  • Skid resistant contact rubber on the sole
  • Polyurethane contoured crash pad insole
  • Durable rubber heel cup with reflective safety hit
  • Lace garage so laces don’t get caught in your chainring
  • Steel aglets to keep laces from fraying

Bike Shoes: Chrome Kursk Pro

Chrome Kursk Pro Bike Shoes

Here you have it, finally (sigh), a clip-able bike shoe that doesn’t make you look like a Jetson’s character.  The Chrome Kursk Pro bike shoes look hip enough to raise hell on a rooftop bar, watch the new band, and pedal the streets of your favorite city.

Cordura® uppers keep the elements out, and the built in foot rocker assists walking; the Kursk Pro’s have a stiffer (full length nylon/glass) footbed than you average casual shoe, but by no means is it as stiff as a Shimano race shoe.  Will it take time to break in the shoe?  Yes, but after you do, it’s heavenly.

The skid resistent rubber sole is SPD cleat compatible and when you’re walking around won’t sound like a horse trotting about.  What if I don’t have pedals and clips?  Worry not, you can keep the detatchable cleat pad on or you can check out the Chrome Kursk bike shoes.  The Kursk Pro is packed with bike oriented features; the steel lace aglets won’t fray, the lace garage keeps loose ends from swaying about, and the reflective heel strip will brighten you up.

There has been talk of heel slip in the Kursk Pro; if you wear a light athletic/hiking sock instead of an uber thin cycling sock your heel will fit in snug.  The Chrome Kursk Pro is a sight for sore eyes (or feet), and you won’t break the bank coping a pair.

Fabric: 1,000 denier Cordura

Product Source: Guangzhou, China


  • 1,000 denier Cordura® with back-padding
  • 100% vulcanized construction
  • Low profile design
  • Compatibility with most clipless pedal systems
  • Full-length nylon shank plate for added riding rigidity
  • Built-in foot rocker for added walking ease and comfort
  • Board lasted sole with Polyurethane slam pad to eliminate pedal hot spot
  • Skid resistant contact rubber on the sole
  • Durable rubber heel cup with reflective safety hit
  • Lace garage so laces don’t get caught in your chainring
  • Steel aglets to keep laces from fraying


Gravis Fulton Shoes – Product of the Week


Gravis Fulton



Every once and a while you’ll find a hidden gem like the Gravis Fulton on The House Boardshop’s website.  It’s a 50% skate 50% casual winter stomper with a cushioned lycra sock cuff and great tread.  The Gravis Fulton’s price point is unbeatable and there are multiple colorways to choose from.

The Gravis Fulton ties together a great outfit by giving you an edgy skate look without looking like a kid.  From the cubicle to the park the Gravis Fulton’s premium quality leather, lycra sock lining, cushioned footbed, phylon midsole, and textured outsole will keep you well styled like the man you want to be.

Gravis Fulton Colorway Options:

Black Coffee

Bracken Jellybean

Black Leather

Black Liberty

Bracken Cream


Gore-Tex Care: Maintenance, Washing & Restoring Gore-Tex

Taking good care of your waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex jackets or pants is very important when you consider the cost of wearing Gore-Tex.

Care of Gore-Tex

You love your Gore-Tex®. Admit it. Whether it’s your shoes, your jacket, or your gloves, you rely on Gore-Tex to keep you dry and comfortable for hours, days, months and years on end. Fortunately, Gore-Tex is easy to take care of as long as you keep the following in mind:

How to Wash Gore-Tex

Before you throw your Gore-Tex gear in the wash, be sure to read the cleaning instructions carefully. The first thing to note is that Gore-Tex should not be dry-cleaned if it uses both Gore-Tex fabric and down insulation. However, some outerwear garments that use Gore-Tex fabric also use silk or wool and these garments should be dry cleaned only. Be sure to request clear, distilled solvent rinse and a spray-repellent when dropping your Gore-Text off at the cleaners.  If you decide to wash your Gore-Tex at home skip the fabric softener (including dryer sheets) since they contain, among other things, fragrances, waxes and oils that will adhere to your Gore-Tex and lessen it’s ability to breathe and repel water. Never use chlorine bleach on your garment.  Machine-wash your outerwear in warm water using liquid detergent, preferably in a front loading washing machine. If you have a stain, you can use a stain remover such as Spray n Wash™ or Shout™.

*Always check the individual care label and follow those instructions first. This advice is not intended to override any specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Drying Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex Volcom Snowboard Jacket

Gore-Tex Volcom Snowboard Jacket

When drying your garment in the dryer, tumble-dry warm is the recommended setting. The heat from the dryer helps to reactivate the durable water repellent (DWR) treatment on your garment’s outer fabric. DWR is a repellent for outdoor fabrics and is recommended for use with Gore-Tex products. However, it is not recommended to use the wash-in treatments as this may affect the garment’s breathability. DWR is available at your local outdoor retailer. If you need to restore the water repellency after being caught out in a rainstorm, simply machine wash the garment, rinse, and put it in the dryer. Washing will remove dirt and other contaminants and the heat from the dryer will redistribute the DWR treatment on the fabric surface. If the DWR treatment is no longer effective after washing, it can be restored by applying a topical DWR treatment.

Ironing Gore-Tex

If your jacket or pants are wrinkled after coming out of the dryer, it is acceptable to pass the iron over the garment. Only use a warm steam-iron. Be sure to place a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. You do not have to iron the garment until it is completely dry. Be very careful not to melt the outer fabric.

In summary, Gore-Tex products such as Gore-Tex JacketsGore-Tex pants and Gore-Tex Shoes are built to last and are easy to take care of. Taking care of your Gore-Tex will ensure that you get your money’s worth from the product. Routine care and maintenance on your part will ensure the highest performance from them and extend their useful lifespan. So, follow the instructions carefully on the label to help your Gore-Tex product looking fresh and new for a very long time.

Pretreating Gore-Tex

If you are taking on the responsibility of cleaning it yourself be mindful of a few thing before jumping in. It is safe to use a pre-wash treatment such as Shout or Spray ‘n Wash as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. And always be mindful to rinse well. Bleach is something that you should never allow to come in contact with your Gore-Tex jacket or pants, as this will likely damage your garment.

Repairing Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex is guaranteed for a lifetime against manufacturer’s defects. Gore isn’t afraid of anyone putting it to the most extreme tests! Accidents do happen, however. Gore makes a repair kit that comes with two patches that press on if you in the field and happen to tear your jacket or pant. It’s not a bad idea to stash one of these in your pocket. Once you get home, ironing the patch increases its performance. Patches should last just over five washings. A more permanent repair is recommended, so take your damaged Gore-Tex gear to an authorized repair center or contact Gore directly at 1-800-431-GORE.

Gore-Tex Footwear

You can clean the outside of your Gore-Tex footwear using a brush or a cloth and tepid water. When drying your shoes, remove the laces, loosen the tongue, avoid direct heat and allow them to dry naturally. Gore recommends applying a topical water repellency restorative (DWR treatment) for outdoor fabrics. They do not recommend wash-in treatments as they can affect breathability.

Gore-Tex Gloves

First off, Gore-Tex gloves rule! Say good bye to swampy, cold hands. Your Gore-Tex gloves should be hand or machine washed in warm water with powdered detergent. Follow the same rules (no bleach, no fabric softener) as you would with your outerwear. Gently squeeze the water out of your gloves, but do not wring or twist them. Allow them to drip-dry with the fingers pointing upward.

Restoring DWR

Gore-Tex is treated with DWR, or durable water repellent. It is an extremely thin polymer that causes water to beadupon the surface of your gear and roll off. DWR is not permanent, however. Dirt, exposure to insect repellents, detergents, and normal wear and tear will eventually cause the DWR to stop working. Normal washing and tumble-drying outerwear will redistribute DWR over the surface, thereby reactivating it. Over time, however, a topical DWR treatment for outdoor fabrics will be needed and can be applied to the garment. Never use wash-in treatments, as they will affect the garment’s ability to breathe. If your footwear needs its waterproofing refreshed, a DWR treatment for shoes will do the trick. Unless it has been specifically approved for use on Gore-Tex, never use any waterproofing waxes, greases, or polishes on your Gore-Tex shoes.

Merrell Refuge Review

Today we’re going to talk about the Refuge. My name is Aaron Brown and I’m a sales representative for Merrell Footwear. What I like most about the Refuge is its versatility. This is a multi-sports shoe meaning it can basically be used for anything; hiking, walking, biking, running. This shoe has waterproof leathers so it’s going to keep you dry when there’s a lot of rain, ice, or snow. We use Split Heel technology and what that means is that there’s a dual density EVA pods that are running through the shoe. On the outside they are color coded red, and on the inside they’re color coded gray. On the inside it’s a denser EVA which helps to stop you from pronating, and what that is [when] your foot rolls to the inside. If you stop yourself from pronating your hips and knees will feel great at the end of the day. Here you can see the different densities we’re using in the heel and a lot of these features in the shoe are hidden so you would never see them unless we had this cutout here. We’ve got an air cushion combined with the different densities of EVA and an arch shank, which really helps your foot from bottoming out especially when you’re going uphill on tougher terrain where you need it most.  It has bellows at the tongue to keep debris out of the shoe.We’re using vibram on the bottom of these shoes which is like having a tire on the bottom of your foot. This shoe’s going to wear very well and gives you enough stickiness if you are scrambling or you are getting on a trail where there’s some loose debris. You’re going to have very good footing. It’s lugged appropriately and there’s really not a better outsole on the market than vibram. That’s all for today and I hope you learned a little something. This is Merrell, and let’s get outside.

Merrell Moab GTX Review

Today, I’m here to talk to you a little bit about the Moab Gore-Tex. You know, the Moab Gore-Tex is an awesome, multi-sports shoe that we offer. You know it’s made of Gore-Tex construction, so it’s gonna be breathable, waterproof, and lightweight. It’s got a nice, wide, sturdy platform built on this Vibram outsole. With the Waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper, you know it’s the perfect all-around shoe. It’s perfect for warm weather, but it’s gonna keep you nice and warm in those wintery months, as you can see here, because of the waterproof construction. We do offer what’s called Merrell air cushion technology and it’s throughout our whole line. And it’s basically a cutout in the midsole that’s gonna offer absorbance up to four times the body weight right upon heel strike. This is the shoe that’s gonna do everything for ya, and it’s a great all-around shoe. That’s why I wear it every day. Because I can wear it to work and I can go out on the trails and do a quick hike, and it’s perfect for that. I hope today was helpful and as we like to say at Merrell, let’s get outside.