Much to the extreme embarrassment of my son, I bought these yesterday:
I love them. I've always wanted a pair of skateboarding shoes and finally splurged. I grew up when the skater kids where considered losers and my mom wasn't about to buy me a skateboard. I made due with the Tony Hawk video games (I have one on my iPad) and a snowboarding video game over the years.
I've tried a skateboard a couple of times but I don't have the balance for it. I nearly fell over this morning scraping my arm playing with my son's. The shoes making gripping the board so much easier, but the balance issue will always be there.