Size and fit

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.  

Globe Empire Style

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.

Notable Features

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 Empire History

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.   

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede / Fabric
Colorways: Black / Grey / Blue / Purple / Brown / White

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