Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Globe Empire offers excellent value for its budget-friendly price, satisfying most shoppers.
  • Many reviewers praise its understated old-school styling, which appears quite classic and somewhat street-wise in a sense.
  • Its clean look suits any casual clothing and different occasions, according to a good deal of customers.
  • The majority of testers remark that the Globe Empire feels lightweight and incredibly comfortable to wear.
  • More than a handful of reviewers agree that it has good arch support.
  • A few skaters note on how stable and balanced the soles are.
  • The Empire is built to last, according to various wearers.  
  • It runs true to size and width, based on general reviews.
  • Some customers have bought a couple of pairs because they like the colorways.

3 reasons not to buy


  • Some colors look slightly different in person, according to a few online shoppers.      
  • A few skaters mention that the Empire is not suited for heavy action on a skateboard because it has only basic padding.
  • It feels a little stiff to a handful of wearers.

Bottom line

Globe has built the Empire based on the timeless proportions of a cupsole skate shoe. That has given its silhouette a strikingly classic vibe, which dearly pays homage to the ’90s skating era. But behind such simple, old-school looks are modern technologies.

The Empire has a reinforced, one-piece suede/canvas upper, which sits atop a hard-wearing, supportive Pro Am rubber cupsole. Underfoot, its S-Trac and broken-herringbone outsole tread delivers lots of grip. Then a high-performance Nitrolite insole welcomes the foot. That said, this whole Empire package comes in at only $75.

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Good to know

The Globe Empire is available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 7 to 14. Its low-cut design lets the ankles retain their full mobility. That makes them able to adapt to sudden transitions that happen during skating and walking. Moreover, this sneaker uses a traditional lace-up closure, which locks the feet in securely with a custom fit. Wearers can tie the pair as loose or as tight as they prefer.  

Casual and laid-back outfits such as denims, khakis, chinos, and shorts are perfect matches for the Empire. A print tee-shirt or sweater rounds up the whole chill look. Moreover, its understated silhouette gives the Empire a smart, sophisticated vibe, which makes it a clean match to plaid polos or flannel.

Globe Empire shoes come in a wide variety of colorways, making it suitable for a collection. Here’s to name a few, tobacco/gum appleyard, mist/blue, black/gum, navy/white, Ashley blue/peach, slate blue/Dijon, and more.

The Globe Empire pays homage to the past as well as paves the path into the future. Behind its old-school silhouette are innovations that push the boundaries of design. Its Pro Am Cupsole, though classically styled, secretly accommodates the deep drop of the Nitrolite footbed, or Shockbed. The Shockbed system delivers a high level of cushioning and stability.

Globe International Ltd. was founded by three Australian brothers—Peter, Stephen, and Matt Hill. Peter and Matt were two national skateboarding champions, while Matt is the Globe’s current CEO. With Globe, the Hills tirelessly promoted skateboarding by writing books about the sport, releasing skate videos, and producing skate products, apparel, and shoes.

Globe was a major factor in the skateboarding explosion in Australia and New Zealand mid-1980s. Moving forward, Globe established in the US in 1995 and saw huge growth and, years later, became one of the world’s biggest skate products companies. The Empire is one of Globe’s innovative, yet classic-inspired skate series.   

  • It has a lightly padded, athletic-inspired tongue, which features a loop that keeps the tongue in place.
  • A cupsole external stitching around the toe and heel area indicates superb durability.
  • Globe branding is detailed under the top eyelet and on the tongue, vamp, insole, midsole, and outsole tread.


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