Summary

We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The HUF Soto holds up well with daily harsh shredding, according to many skaters who are struck with its “serious durability.”
  • It’s budget-friendly and regarded as a “steal” or “bargain” by some shoppers because of its superb quality.
  • A handful of testers remark that it’s comfortable to wear, be it for skating or walking around.
  • Most users like the Soto’s understated styling and subtle accents, which look great on casual outfits.
  • A few skaters who ripped through the upper say that it’s thickly layered and deeply stitched underneath.
  • Based on several reviews, it delivers a nice flick and board control.
  • The Soto quickly breaks in and fits the feet like a glove, according to many skaters.
  • Quite a couple of wearers like how the shoe cups their heels in place while firmly cradling their ankles.
  • Its herringbone tread delivers a sticky grip, most users have mentioned.
  • The Soto is easy to clean, which is a plus to some customers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole balds out and loses grip faster than usual, at least one skate shoe reviewer has pointed out.
  • A handful of wearers observe that it’s slightly tight at the toe.
  • Several customers dislike how thin the insole is.
  • Quite a few skaters note that the laces aren’t protected from breakage.

Bottom line

With the Soto, HUF bridges the gap between cupsole and vulc skate shoes. It’s a meticulously engineered low-top cupsole, equipped with the brand’s Infinity Rubber, specially formulated for delivering optimal levels of grip, durability, and flexibility. That makes this cupsole feels like a vulc.

The Soto also looks like a vulc. It features a clean one-piece suede-canvas vamp, with textured mock bumpers reinforcing high-abrasion areas at the toe and heel. The prominent “H” branding on the quarter panel makes it more solid. Sitting at only $75, the Soto further proves to be a wise pick.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: HUF Skate Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: Cup Sole, EVA, Suede
Features: Orthotic friendly
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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The HUF Soto is available in men’s sizes. It has a low profile, which allows the ankles to have a full range of motion in each stride. That helps the wearer keep up with rapid, random foot transitions. Moreover, it uses a traditional lace-up closure—with seven reinforced eyelets—to lock the feet in with full adjustability.

Looking clean and basic, the Soto has the makings of becoming classic staple sneaker. So it goes without saying that the Soto pairs perfectly with casual staple outfits such as jeans, pants, shorts, chino—the clothes a person wears when he or she goes around town to run some errand or leisurely roam around the place.

Talking about variety, the Soto comes in a wide range of colorways to suit anyone’s style. Here’s a couple of them: wheat, arrow wood, taupe, pine/navy, welded red, welded black, black/gum, white, and white/black.

Forward-thinking, the Soto masterfully covers the great qualities of the cupsole and the vulc. Though at a glance, it may strike one as a vulc because of its silhouette. However, it remains mainly a cupsole as its defining quality is its unbelievable durability, which is only particular among cupsole models.

Founded by pro-skater Keith Hufnagel, HUF began as a small boutique offering skateboarding goods in San Francisco. Due to its rapid growth, Hufnagel decided to make a label of its own, thus launching HUF, an independent maker of skating footwear, apparel, and premium goods

With the slogan "made by skateboarders, for skateboarders," HUF is focused on bringing out genuine, high-performance skate shoes. The Soto, a simple-looking yet technical sneaker, is among the brand’s fresh drops.

  • Some colorways have perforated uppers, which are designed to be breathable.
  • The insoles are removable so the wearer can put on their orthotics of choice.

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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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