These are a great pair of sneakers, for skating, biking, and just routine walking around in school or whatever. They have a great look and are quite comfortable. They have good style for walking from the car to the lodge, and are overall a quality shoe.
They work great for walking around in, skateboarding and biking. The tread design is simple and functional, and a good density, which makes for durablity and good grip.They are pretty light, and the G2 shock absorbing system in the heel really is nice for hard landings on your feet. I had one fly off once somehow when I crashed on my bike off the quarterpipe, but that was because I didn't tie them tight enough. The tongue is very beefy, so you don't have to worry too much about things landing on teh top of your feet, and there is good padding in the ankle area.
This is a pretty comfy shoe out of the box. they have a really neat graphic, where Arto's name is incorporated into a lion's face, and there are also nice little details, like a logo on the heel and other little things. There is triple stitching on the toes, so they aren't going to rip apart any time soon. The venting in the toes works well, keeping your feet pretty cool when you are moving.
the Artos retail at I think $62.99 US, which seems to be about on par for a skate shoe.
I have them in size US 12, which is my regular shoe size and they fit great.
I've been skateboarding alittle and biking alot on them for about 1.5 months so far, and they haven't yet shown any signs of wear, except the graphics on the inside of the foot are a little worn from rubbing the cranks, and the outsoles are worn a little bit.