Summary

We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The HUF Cromer has mostly racked up five-star ratings from reviewers who have praised its sterling quality.
  • Getting a pair is so budget-friendly that some shoppers say they couldn’t pass up on such a good deal.
  • Its simple, classy, nautical-inspired silhouette has appealed to most customers.
  • The majority of testers like how comfortable and chill the Cromers are when skating and hanging out afterward.
  • Many skaters are impressed with how well the Cromer holds up with daily shredding.
  • A lot of reviewers say that it breaks in completely and gets so flexible after just one session.
  • This pair looks so versatile that one can go from the skate park to a dinner date later on them, according to a couple of user reviews.
  • At least one skater has pointed out that the eyelets are set more to the top to prevent lace breakage.
  • Quite a handful of shoppers share that the Cromers have become their favorite pair, adding that they’ve bested their Vans shoes.
  • The Cromer delivers much boardfeel and long-lasting grip, according to some skaters.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Cromer is not suitable for high-impact skating as it doesn’t have sufficient cushioning and padding, according to some reviewers.
  • Several users remark that it lacks arch support and recommend replacing the insoles with thicker ones.
  • Quite a handful of skaters observe that the shoe sits quite low on feet, which makes the ankles feel exposed and vulnerable.
  • A few wearers say that the end part of the shoe digs at their Achilles heel.
  • Some colors don’t appear the same in person as they do online, according to some shoppers.

Bottom line

HUF proudly brings in Brad Cromer’s debut pro model, the eponymous Cromer. A flat-out minimalist skate silhouette, the Cromer is precisely and stylishly pared down to only what’s necessary for skating. It also exhibits nautical styling (echoing Sperry designs), which is accentuated by the rubberized sturdy toe cap.

Perhaps the Cromer’s biggest feature, the rubber toe piece runs around the suede upper, extending the foxing tape. This improves durability a lot and helps the shoe retain its shape longer. Priced at $75 apiece, the Cromer proves to be a good deal to pass up.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Brad Cromer
Collection: HUF Skate Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Suede, Vulc Sole
Price: $75
Colorways: Beige, Black, Blue, Brown, White, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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The Cromer is exclusively available in men’s sizing. This footwear features a classic low profile that lets the ankles retain their full mobility. A lace-up closure, equipped with reinforced eyelets, fastens the upper and secures the feet in with secure fitting. Lastly, it has a built-in heel counter in the form of a canvas binding precisely designed to lock the heel in place.  

Simplicity is the best style there is. At least when it comes to skate silhouettes. The Cromer, with its clean, polished look, matches perfectly with casual, staple wear, such as denims, khakis, shorts, and chinos, topped with a plain or print tee, flannel, and the like.

One can also try the Cromer out with semi-formal wear. The sneaker looks classy and sophisticated enough for a dinner date. Moreover, the Cromer comes in over a dozen colorways to suit one’s taste and style. To name a few: navy/gum, black/white, tanny olive (more of yellow), black/baseball, acorn, red, camel, arrow wood, and wool drab.     

While the Cromer looks like basic vulc skate shoe, it does have quite a little of tech inside it despite its spare looks, such as the rubberized toe cap, the extended foxing tape, and the heel lockdown mechanism. All this adds up to give a leisurely shredding.

HUF teams up with pro-skater Brad Cromer in coming up with a “straight-to-the-point” genuine skate model. Cromer takes up inspiration from clean nautical designs, which HUF caps off with a rubber toe piece.  Lastly, Cromer infuses the HUf Cromer with his love for the ’90s noise bands as well as shoegaze cover art.

  • The Soft Foam insole can be removed to accommodate orthotics.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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