Verdict from 92 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  •  The Globe Octave is budget-friendly.
  • Its clean, slightly bulky '90s-inspired silhouette has caught the eyes of many shoppers.
  • Many skaters praise its solid construction, saying its suede upper hasn't ripped after weeks of use and its sole feels indestructible.
  • It lasts longer than most skate shoes, according to some users.
  • Most testers are impressed with the Katana cupsole and Nitrolite footbed, which deliver superb comfort and impact protection.
  • A few users express that their feet feel safe when skating in a pair of Octaves.
  • Quite a couple of skaters are surprised of its awesome board feel once broken in.
  • Some wearers like its wide toe box as it feels cozy.
  • A few reviewers say that the Octave has an incredible grip.
  • The Globe Octave runs true to size and fits well, based on most reviews.
  • A handful of satisfied customers consider getting more pairs of Globe sneakers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers observe that the Octave feels stiff at first and needs a while to break in.

Bottom line

Taking design cues from the '90s, Globe releases the slightly hefty, vintage-looking Octave. It has the simple, functional looks of an everyday cupsole skate shoe. Its upper comprises of shaved suede and synthetic nubuck. Its vamp is clean, detailed with a few perforations and single stitching around the toe box area.

All this sits atop the hard-wearing Katana cupsole, which drops doses of stability and support. A Nitrolite footbed fills in the Octave, providing cushioning and shock protection. Priced at only $70, the Globe Octave becomes more and more a practical choice.

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The Globe Octave has a low profile, with a medium padded collar and tongue. All of which provides the ankles full mobility as well as the needed support. A traditional lace-up closure fastens the upper and locks down the foot with a customizable fit. There's also a loop in the middle of the tongue to keep it in place. Moreover, these Octave shoes come exclusively in men's sizing, which ranges from 7 to 14.

The Octave's silhouette has a heavy, nostalgic '90s vibe, which reminds one of the good, ol' days wherein life was simpler and slower. Its effortless design matches daily staple clothing, which is essentially laid-back and casual—clothing that reminds one not to overthink and just be. But make no mistake about it: the Octave is one tough sneaker and can still pull off the daring, rebellious look.

That said, a pair of denims or khakis is a perfect match to the Octave. Be it regular, baggy, skinny, washed, ripped, tattered, or torn. The Octave looks easily at home with shorts and chinos as well for that walk around the neighborhood. A great finisher to the look can be just a plain tee-shirt, plaid flannel shirt, sweater, or a hoodie. Moreover, these Octaves are available in a variety of chill colorways: rawhide/curry, black/white, walnut/white, and more.

The Octave takes pride in its promise of longevity. Many skaters have said it can withstand long and harsh skating sessions without breaking down or bagging out. As for comfort and impact protection, the Octave has got that covered with its Nitrolite footbed and classic-styled Katana cupsole. Lastly, a signature Globe S-Trac with a broken herringbone pattern provides an excellent grip that lasts.

Globe began in the mid-'80s with the launching of the Australian-based Hardcore Enterprises, a company which specializes in skateboarding products and apparel (soon branching out to snowboarding and surfing). It was run by the three Hills brothers, two of which were Australian skateboarding champions.

In 1995, Globe established operations in the US, and there grew bigger. Globe since then produced many high-quality sneakers, such as the Globe Octave, a solid cupsole sneaker known for its durability and performance.

  •  In celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, Globe launched a book, titled "Unemployable: 30 Years of Hardcore, Skate and Street."


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.