I tried to review the FP Justice DGS 1.2 in FP’s store, but FP did not publish it. I’m not entirely surprised, but I hope you weren’t expecting unbiased reviews in the FP store. Anyway, I think it’s worth putting this review out there so I’m publishing it here, instead.

I did not like these shoes. I think they could be a solid shoe for a very specific type of skater with a very specific foot shape, but that skater is not me and I don’t have those feet. Here’s what I think you might want to know about these shoes before you buy them.

They run small. I’m a 9.5 in everything, but my feet felt a bit snug in these.

Despite the “wider” toe box, they are also narrow, especially (still) in the toe box. The toe box also curves inward more than most shoes I’ve worn. The result was that the outside of my foot was smushed uncomfortably (sometimes painfully) against the side of the toe box while skating. I do not have wide feet. In fact, I usually look for narrower shoes. But these were still either too narrow or shaped oddly. No amount of adjusting the laces made any difference.

The board feel takes a little getting used to. This shoe feels cushy like a padded winter slipper. (The feeling was even more cushy with FP’s thick armored socks.) The result is pretty vague board feel until the midsole breaks down a bit, which took me about a month of skating 2 or 3 times a week.

Speaking of the sole, I do think these shoes absorb impact very well. My feet didn’t hurt after long skate sessions.

On the other hand, the soles really don’t grip. When doing basic rotational tricks like a backside 180, it felt like my feet wouldn’t stay on the board. (I used Mob grip on my regular deck while I was skating in these shoes.) I put fresh Jessup grip tape on my cruiser (a Lance Mountain reissue deck, so there isn’t any real concave) and tried to power slide. My feet slid right off the board the first couple of times. That’s a first.

The suede upper is pretty durable. I did end up with an ollie hole after only a few long sessions, but that almost always happens to my shoes so I won’t hold it against these. A little Shoe Goo and they held up fine for another month. The laces held up surprisingly well, although I still could have used a spare set.

Finally, these shoes are hot. They really don’t breathe well at all.

So as I said up front, I do not like these shoes. The impact protection is great and the durability is decent, but everything else is disappointing.

Published by Sam Glover

Sam Glover is a lawyer and the founder and Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com. He also works with lawyers on motion practice and appeals, and is President of the board of directors of HOME Line, a nonprofit Minnesota tenant advocacy organization.

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  1. Thank you for the honest review.

    I was hoping the ‘improved’ outsole would actually grip, alas they still don’t. I was one of the people who bought their prototype shoes and hated it. I was thinking of giving the Justice a try, but seems that’s a bad idea, so thank you for saving me 70 bucks.

    1. Happy to help!

      I’ve been through a couple more pairs of shoes since this review, and right now I’m 5 or 6 sessions in on a pair of Etnies Maranas. So far, I’m very happy with them. I’m also looking forward to trying the Joslin pro model, which looks like it’s basically a tweaked Marana. If those aren’t already on your radar, they feel like the logical alternative to the FP Justice.

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