The official beanie of the 17/18 NBA season

New in at Kates Skates this week – the official beanie of the 2017/18 NBA season from our fave headwear company, New Era.


We’ve got 10 different teams represented in a classic bobble beanie with lightweight fleece lining.




We have you covered if you are a fan of the Steph Curry-led returning champions Golden State Warriors…or maybe Lebron’s Cavaliers are who you shout for. After a few miserable years can Lonzo Ball kick-start the Lakers or will Russell Westbrook take the Thunder to the next level? All the action tips off in October so get your head game ready!


Pop over to our site to check out all the beanies and grab your fave HERE.

Supra Fall ’17

More shoes from the Supra Fall 2017 collection have arrived at our warehouse here in Barrow-in-Furness, including the Skytop in Olive/Multi Sage.


The Skytop was the original hightop that launched Supra’s iconic franchise. This lovely specimen has a ton of great features to make it the perfect shoe to snap up now ready for when the days turn colder and you’re forced to sling those flip flops to the back of the cupboard.


The Skytop features:

  • Cord and nubuck upper
  • Vulcanized rubber outsole
  • Extra heel protection molded into comfortable high memory polyurethane insole
  • Suprafoam midsole
  • Internal neoprene toe cap and vamp for toe protection
  • Elastic tongue straps and thin padding with ankle support

It’s also in this perfect autumnal olive/sage colourway with a corduroy finish to make it extra cosy.

You can shop this shoe HERE or check out the whole range over at Kates Skates now. Click HERE.



How to grip a skateboard deck

It’s one of the things we get asked l o a d s so here it is – our guide to gripping your deck. It’s by no means a definitive guide, everyone has their slightly different methods, but this is how we do it.

You will need:


Step1: Peel back a few inches of the backing paper then centre the sheet on your deck leaving a bit of excess all the way around.



Step 2: Start to stick down the griptape, peeling off the backing as you go and pressing down to make sure there are no air bubbles.


Step 3: When you’ve pulled off the whole backing sheet, place it on top of the griptape (to protect your hands) and push out any stray air bubbles.

Step 4: You should have a nice overhang of griptape around the edges of your deck.


Step 5: Using the edge of a file or the metal part of a screwdriver, go round the edges of the deck at an angle. This not only gives you a white line that you can use as your guide when you’re cutting the grip, but it also makes the griptape weaker along that line so it should cut really easily.


Step 6: Now cut along the line you just made using a very sharp Stanley knife/box cutter or a razor blade. Try to make long, smooth cuts so your edges don’t end up looking choppy.


Step 7: When you’ve cut off all your excess griptape, grab a bit and use it like sandpaper to soften off those freshly cut edges.

Step 8: Use a screwdriver to poke holes through the grip from the side of the deck with the graphics. This is for your truck mounting hardware. Then flip over and poke the holes through from the grip side, getting rid of any excess grip.

Step 9: Attach your trucks and get your skate on!


We hope this helps!

Vansbuck Old Skool

Introducing this gem from the Vans Fall ’17 collection which has started to arrive at our warehouse – the Vans Old Skool Vansbuck in light gum/mono.


A classic Vans skate shoe, the Old Skool was the first to bare the iconic sidestripe when it debuted back in 1977. It features leather and synthetic uppers, re-enforced toecaps to withstand repeated wear, padded collars for support and Vans signature rubber waffle outsoles.

The light gum/mono colourway and tonal laces gives off that trendy work boot vibe.


Head over HERE to shop it on the Kates Skates site…


We’re chuffed to be now stocking Mi-Pac backpacks and accessories! The brand state that they ‘make brilliant accessories, accessible to everyone’ and we like that. Born in the late summer of 2012, Mi-Pac are already one of the UK’s leading accessory brands.


We love the backpacks because they are so trendy yet also super practical. Take the Mi-Pac classic backpack for example…


…you get a tough and durable backpack with adjustable, super-strong padded shoulder straps and a top carry handle. You get a zipped front pocket and a large main compartment with an internal padded laptop sleeve – and to top it all off, it’s water resistant… But along with all these practical elements, you also get a proper trendy, cool-looking fashion accessory that you’d be happy to be seen wearing to school, college, in town or on holiday. Winner!

We have some great styles now in stock including these amazing transparent backpacks in pink and blue – how awesome!


Here’s a little selection of the other backpacks we’re stocking – you can see the whole collection over at the Kates website HERE.


As well as backpacks and day packs we also have makeup bags, wash bags, travel kits and coin purses – including this magical little mermaid number!


Anyway, we love them and we reckon you will too – head on over to Kates to shop the full collection HERE.

Rio Roller Milkshake

Look at these amazingly cute new Milkshake quad roller skates from our pals over at Rio Roller!Rio Milkshake Group

The latest addition to Rio’s quad skate collection, these little gems take their inspiration from pretty pastel colours and sweet treats – you can choose from either Mint Berry or Cotton Candy.

RIO130 Rio Roller Milkshake Purple Teal Main

RIO130 Rio Roller Milkshake Blue Pink Main

The Milkshake takes the figure quad style and combines it with the popular shape of Rio’s retro trainer skates. Add in a power strap and you’ve got that extra bit of support and comfort.

Rio Roller’s Milkshake quads are also vegan friendly because they’re made with PVC leather – they also have comfort insoles and 82A Rio Coaster wheels with Rio’s exclusive design to prevent axles protruding and damaging flooring.

We think they’re the perfect skates for Saturday afternoon roller discos and also for cruising along beach promenades or through the park. You can shop all sizes in both colours by heading over to the Kates Skates website HERE. Or to see all the lovely Rio Roller products we sell, shop the whole range HERE.