The first reply in that thread is spot on. I don't know if things have changed in the last couple years, but I always heard of durability issues with the liquid force, hyperlite, etc skates. However, those probably will be your cheapest options, the small companies that are usually referred to are expensive, but their boards usually feel and last much longer. I think your cheapest option for a solid skate if you went that route would be newwakeskates, I think you can still get a blank wood skate for $175 shipped or so.
Edit: As far as shoes go I bought some DVS wake skate shoes couple years ago from an online sale, but whenever I do ride my skate now I just throw on my braatas.
Last edited by rlwagens; 03-16-2013 at 9:03 PM.