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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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We hope this helps!