Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Plenty of the Emerica Americana reviewers are at awe with the outstanding durability of its upper and sole in particular.
  • According to many users, this skate shoe has a superb board feel and grip, which allows them to perform stunts without worrying.
  • Some buyers praise the shoe's clean, classic look.
  • The kick's wax laces wear longer in comparison to the regular laces, several have commented.
  • A lot of purchasers enjoy the kick's tongue strap feature, which keeps their feet secure even when executing flips and tricks.
  • The Emerica Romero Americana has a great set of colorways.
  • Few have stated that despite minimal padding, the Romero Americana provides comfort and security even when jumping around.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to a couple, breaking in is necessary before the Americana fits nicely.
  • One reviewer wishes that a vulcanized version becomes available as well despite the cup sole's recognition.

Bottom line

Bringing back the original in a new way, the Emerica Americana keeps its clean, classic look while upgrading the shoe's totality. Designed according to the performance standard of a modern skate shoe, this pair is made to last and pull off even the most strenuous skateboarding trick due to its durability, grip, and impact absorption.

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Good to know

With the Americana's tongue strap and heel anchor system, one's feet will feel cozy and secure from walking around to skating from corner to corner. The tongue strap keeps the shoe snug while the heel anchor system keeps your heel from popping out. 

However, this skate shoe is only available in men's size. Women, who wish to grab a pair of this shoe, are advised to get 1.5 to 2 sizes down their standard size for an equivalent fit. Also, it comes in regular width, so for those who have a wide foot, breaking in is necessary before it fits to size.

Paying tribute to skater Leo Romero's first pro model shoes, the Leo back in 2006, is the Emerica Romero Americana. This low-top skate shoe has a simple pattern, just like the original. However, compared to the Leo, this silhouette has perforated air holes instead of the two stripes on the side of the shoe. Not much is changed from the classic model since Leo wanted to keep it clean and straightforward. Only improvements to the pair's materials are made.

The Americana can be worn effortlessly as a result of its basic design. One can opt to go with the practical and comfortable skater style by matching a rebellious attitude with a loose and functional clothing that is appropriate for the sport. This shoe can go with a pair of skate shorts or pants, graphic t-shirts, and hoodies.

The Americana features a pig suede upper, which is responsible for the kick's toughness. Going down the shoes, it has a G6 polyurethane insole that provides excellent cushioning to help absorb impact from hard landings. It also has an arc shape foam padding wrapped around the ankle to keep the feet locked into the shoes. Its triangle tread outsole is meant to make the kicks bottom grippier and durable as it is intended to accommodate the modern skaters' performance standard. Despite being a cupsole, it renders exceptional board feels, unlike any other non-vulcanized shoe.

Emerica is a brand under Sole Technology, Inc., which specializes in skate shoe production and distribution. Emerica, launched in 1996, sponsors a team of skateboarders, and among these skateboarders is the Fontana, California native: Leo Romero. Leo Romero started to skate way back in 1997 and eventually became an Emerica team rider. He even won the "Skater of the Year" award in Thrasher Magazine in 2010.

Romero released his first signature shoe in 2006 as the Leo, and it is the silhouette used to make the latest Romero Americana. Leo wanted to bring back his classic skate shoe back to the scene, adjusting it to satisfy the skaters' needs.

  • On the side are perforations positioned in two diagonal lines, replacing what used to be two stripes.
  • The G6 Polyurethane Insole is removable.
  • It has a waxed lace.
  • It has a flex channel for natural movement without sacrificing durability.
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Danny McLoughlin

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.