Etnies is one of the more famous brands, and they have a great line of girl’s shoes for skateboarding. These shoes are sometimes criticized for their laces, but each brand has their own quirks to work around. Etnies are relatively long lasting shoes, and this may very well be their strongest point. Both Etnies and Etnies Girl are part of the Sole Technology group, who are quite active in biomechanical skate shoe research.
However, all people eventually destroy their skate shoes. DC Shoe Company is sometimes criticized as having become too much of a mainstream brand, but they still produce high quality shoes for skateboarding. Osiris is pretty well known for their private reserve line of shoes. Private reserve shoes feature better construction and materials than the models that they are derived from. Interestingly enough, Osiris was founded to fulfill a void of pro designed shoes in the industry.