Volcom Draw Lo Review

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If you are in the search of a great, new pair of skateboard sneakers but want them to be lightweight and flexible, then the Volcom Draw Lo is a good candidate. Featuring a lightweight and breathable canvas upper, that rests on a vulcanized, double-taped sole unit, this sneaker will keep you securely on your board so you can focus on building your skills and expanding your arsenal of tricks. Not to mention, that they will keep you looking fresh both on and off the skate court.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight and flexible construction
  • Vulcanized, double-taped sole
  • EVA midsole
  • Removable Comfort Foam footbed
  • Premium canvas upper
  • Breathable
  • Superior grip and traction
  • Attractive design
Cons
  • Lacks arch support
  • Narrow fit
Outsole

Outsole

When it comes to skateboard sneakers, there are two basic categories: cupsole shoes and vulcanized shoes. Both have their unique characteristics and both serve different functions when it comes to skateboarding. Vulcanized shoes are the ones, that have their outsole, midsole and insole glued together, as opposed to cupsole shoes, where all the different components that make up the sole unit are stitched together. While a stitched sole is more durable than one, that uses glue to put the sole unit together, it is also heavier and stiffer. The Volcom Draw Lo skate shoe belongs to the vulcanized category and it features a vulcanized double tape construction. The vulcanized sole of the Volcom Draw Lo is lightweight and very flexible, making this skate shoe perfect for ollies, slides, and grinds, while the double tape, that goes around the sidewalls of the sneaker, helps protect it from damage caused by kickflips. Vulcanized skate sneakers are also better when it comes to board feel, which is very important because you want to avoid falling off of your skateboard mid-trick. The Volcom Draw Lo made use of gum rubber for their outsole and put a grippy, multi-directional tread pattern on it, with a flat rubber patch on the heel, which helps the shoe grip the board and deliver better control over it. Vulcanized shoes are also great at absorbing the shock of impact, which is especially important for skateboarding, where a lot of heavy landings happen. On the other hand, the Volcom Draw Lo has quite a thin sole unit, meaning, that there is not a lot of cushioning, which could leave your feet exposed and vulnerable to abuse on the skate court if not careful. However, there is an EVA midsole and a removable recliner Comfort Foam footbed included in the sole unit of the Volcom Draw Lo, for additional shock absorption and cushioning comfort, which is less than a cupsole would have, but is sufficient enough without weighing you down.
Upper

Upper

The Volcom Draw Lo features a low-cut silhouette with a premium canvas upper. Although, not the most durable material when it comes to skateboard sneakers, the canvas upper helps keep the shoe lightweight and well-ventilated at the same time. The panels that make up the upper are stitched together with a double stitch, which is standard for skateboard shoes, as it keeps them safe from ripping at the seams during various tricks. Skateboard shoes, this one included, are also double-layered when it comes to the upper, for further protection against wear and tear, as well as injuries, that can happen on the skate court. The forefoot and heel areas are covered with a durable suede material for further reinforcement. Low-cut skate shoes, although not as protective on the ankles as high or mid-cut sneakers, provide the wearer with a wide range of motions, which is great for doing various skateboard tricks. The tongue and collar of the Volcom Draw Lo are thinly padded, which still deliver a comfortable and moderately supportive fit around the ankles but are more adapted to forward bending, something that occurs a lot while skateboarding. To achieve a custom fit, this skateboard sneaker comes with a standard lace-up closure with metal eyelets for added durability, while the heel features a molded heel counter for additional support, as well as shock absorption. The inside of the shoe is lined with a soft and breathable fabric lining and the insole is a removable Comfort Foam insole, which delivers instant comfort from the first step. However, since the Volcom Draw Lo is orthotic-friendly, you can easily switch the provided insole for your preferred one.
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is key when it comes to any kind of footwear, especially sports shoes, as the feet tend to sweat more during intense activities. While a sweaty foot chamber can be quite a nuisance to deal with, there are more dangerous consequences from moisture build-up, that can harm your health in the long run, such as bacterial infections, that can cause unpleasant odors and worse. That is why Volcom made their Draw Lo skate shoes from a premium canvas material in a low-cut silhouette. Canvas is a naturally breathable fabric and the low-cut design lets air inside the foot chamber simply through the movement of the feet. Additionally, the lining is made of soft fabric, which is likewise very breathable and the footbed is also textile-lined for additional moisture-wicking. On top of that, the entire shoe is washable, including the footbed, so once the sneaker gets dirty or smelly, simply throw it in the washing machine and let it air-dry, and you are good to go.
Comfort

Comfort

The Volcom Draw Lo has a relatively thin vulcanized sole and a canvas upper with minimal padding, making these sneakers not the most cushioned out there. However, Volcom included some elements to enhance the comfort levels of this sneaker, since nobody likes to feel like they are walking, let alone skateboarding on cardboard. Namely, the sole unit, although quite thin, is comprised of flexible, vulcanized rubber, an EVA midsole and a removable Comfort Foam footbed, which provide instant comfort and shock absorption to the wearer, delivering cushioned footfalls and protecting their muscles, joints, and tendons from injuries. Although the upper does not feature a lot of padding, with its lightly padded tongue and collar, it provides a comfortable and supportive fit for the ankles, allowing for a maximum range of movement. According to reviewers, these sneakers do not require any breaking in and can be worn straight from the box. They are also great as everyday shoes, bringing a touch of style to your outfits.
Durability

Durability

While a stitched sole, like a cupsole, is more durable than a glued vulcanized sole, that does not mean, that vulcanized sneakers will fall apart after a few uses. The Volcom Draw Lo is made for a specific skating style, that includes a lot of ollies, grinds, and slides, so this sneaker needed to be durable enough to withstand some extensive use on the court. That is why Volcom included a double-taped vulcanized sole into the design of the Draw Lo, which covers the sidewalls of the sneakers, making them durable enough to endure quite a few kickflips unfazed. The outsole’s grippy tread pattern is very abrasion resistant and will grip the board just as well as city pavement and sidewalks. The upper is made of durable premium canvas, that breathes exceptionally well, and thanks to the double stitching on the panels that make up the upper, as well as the suede toe box and heel counter, it lasts a long time too. That said, the durability of any shoe depends on the wearer and the abuse they put their shoes through. In some cases, these skateboarding shoes last for years, while in others, they barely make past the two-month mark. However, if you do not practice your skateboard tricks every day or are planning to wear these sneakers as casual footwear, they will last you a considerably longer time.
Fit

Fit

Unfortunately, these sneakers are only available in medium widths, which is bad news for people who have wide feet. However, since the construction of the shoe is on the narrow side, people with normal to narrow size feet should be able to wear these. On a positive note, according to reviews, the Volcom Draw Lo does fit true to size when it comes to length, which made customers happy. However, if you have your sight set on these sneakers, but have wider feet, you could try sizing up. That said, it is always best to try on the desired shoes in a retail store, rather than trying to figure out your size online, as sizing can vary.
Style

Style

The style of these skateboard sneakers is quite simple and minimalist, as it consists of a thin vulcanized sole unit and a canvas upper with minimalistic logos on it. The logos can be found on the heel of the sole, the tongue and on the side, as well as an engraved diamond-shaped logo on the outsole. Suede panels covering the toe box and heel counter help break up the design and bring some interest to this classic canvas shoe silhouette. The Volcom Draw Lo is available in several attractive, but muted and neutral colors, that go well with any kind of outfit, making these sneakers perfect for both skateboarding and casual wear. They can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion, and can even be worn business casually, adding to their versatility.
Support

Support

When it comes to support, a sneaker with a cupsole will perform better than one with a vulcanized sole. However, that is because they both serve a different function and the Volcom Draw Lo is designed for a specific style of skateboarding. That is not to say there is no support in this sneaker. Besides having a superior board grip, the vulcanized sole is also great at absorbing the shock of impact and cushioning the heel, keeping the wearer stable on their feet. Additionally, an EVA midsole and a Comfort Foam insole provide underfoot cushioning and support to the wearer. While this shoe only has moderate arch support to offer, the insole is removable, making room for custom orthotics if needed. The upper is made of premium canvas and comes with a standard lacing system, which helps with proper foot lockdown and which the wearer can adjust to fit as snug or as loose as they want. While the tongue and collar feature minimal padding, allowing for a wide range of motion, the heel is reinforced with a molded heel counter, that delivers additional support and shock absorption to the wearer.
Traction

Traction

What is so great about skateboard sneakers, is that they have a better grip than regular sneakers. Namely, skate shoes have been designed to be able to grip firmly to the skateboard, keeping the wearer on their board securely, while still providing good traction off the skate court as well. The Volcom Draw Lo features a grippy gum-rubber outsole with a multi-directional tread pattern and a flat rubber patch on the heel. This delivers superior board grip to the wearer so that they can feel confident while doing various tricks, while also doubling as great everyday, casual sneakers to walk around town in.
Weight

Weight

This low-cut skate shoe from Volcom is on the lightweight side of the spectrum, thanks to its vulcanized sole and canvas upper, both of which are very lightweight. Vulcanized soles are used, when the focus is on flexibility and lightness, as it enables the wearer to quickly change pace or switch between various tricks without the shoes weighing them down. Additionally, the Volcom Draw Lo features minimal padding, which might not provide the most cushioned or protected ride, but keeps the shoe light and fast, making it perfect for ollies, slides, and even kickflips, thanks to the double-taped vulcanized construction.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This lightweight and flexible skate sneaker from Volcom will keep you stable on your board and looking stylish no matter where you go. Equipped with a lightweight vulcanized sole featuring double-taping for added durability, and a premium canvas upper, this shoe will let your feet breathe and move freely so you can have the best skateboarding experience. The Comfort Foam footbed is removable, to make room for custom orthotics if needed, while the tongue and collar come with light padding to allow for a maximum range of movement. One thing to note is, that these sneakers run on the narrow side, so if you have wide feet, this might not work for you. Other than that, the Volcom Draw Lo is a great pair of sneakers, whether you intend to use them for skateboarding or as casual footwear.