Return Of The Rubber Toe: NB#’s Pro Court 212

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An “on foot” angle of the latest inductee to the #ReturnOfTheRubberToe trend that’s going off. The Pro Court 212 from NB#, lightly skated. Due Jan 2016, no pricing info as of yet.

The continued visibility of rubber toe caps from pretty much every footwear brand under the sun is about as consistent as the recent array of “white girls with big booty” syndrome that’s been going around lately.

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First Glance: Vans Rowley Solos

Vans Rowley Solos in Dress Blue - $65

Vans Rowley Solos in Dress Blue – $65

One of skateboarding’s favorites, Geoff Rowley, continues his lengthy series of pro models on the only shoe company he can call home. The latest addition to his timeline of iconic pro models are the Rowley Solos. Based off of the trusty Era that we’ve all enjoyed, the Rowley Solo’s serve as a rendition of one of the most pristine models in skateboarding’s catalog. It’s been upgraded to coexist with the skate footwear standards of today, without straying away from its true DNA. Read More

News Update: Converse Showing No Signs Of Falling Off

A close-up of the J.Jesse's canvas backed suede after 8 hours of shredding.

A close-up of the J.Jesse’s canvas backed suede after 8 hours of shredding. Image by Steve Davenport at Yeah Boardshop.

Earlier this year, if you thought of Converse, nothing more really came to mind but their beloved CTS. That and nothing else was really going for them, especially with how quick the Weapon 2.0 came and went :/. But it’s hard to find success in other models when you have the quintessential skate shoe doing everything for your consumers. It’s admittingly hard not to find yourself in the CTS. It’s simplicity is one of the many reasons we find ourselves skating them during the summer time but more than that, their functionality is a constant that keeps us coming back for more. A narrow vulcanized shoe, one piece rubber toe and the optimal cushioning since implementing their lunarlon insole proves that the CTS is pretty much everything you could ask for in a skate shoe. Read More

Skateboarding’s Beloved Soundtracks: Sonic Youth

One of skateboarding's better soundtracks. RL <3's SY

One of skateboarding’s better soundtracks. RL <3’s SY

There was probably an instant in my past before I knew about Sonic Youth where I overheard someone say something like, “I can’t handle Sonic Youth, it’s just noise” which immediately made them sound really cool. ‘Goo’ came out in 1990 and was their most accessible album to date. I don’t exactly remember where my entry point was, but it was probably via Goo, and at that point I was hanging out with my friend Christian Kline, a photographer for Poweredge magazine, and I remember talking with him about Sonic Youth and he said Goo was lame and that Daydream Nation was their best album. I listened to both and loved them, and became a quick fan. I remember thinking why don’t other bands have interesting sounds, epic soundscapes, and strange song structures? Why not tweak it? It made other bands with the typical 3 minute song with the buildup to the chorus and repeat seem so simple. I always loved the response from people about Sonic Youth, it really separated the people I was around, most falling in the “I don’t like it” camp.

Over the next 5 years I was immersing myself in a world of art as well as being part of the skateboarding world, I had started painting and exhibiting art, taking photos, and looking at art like Rita Ackermann‘s paintings, and it was the beginning of the so-called Beautiful Losers era, so I was being introduced to Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and all the other artists. Sonic Youth was the constant soundtrack for me then, along with lots of Fugazi, and all the other stuff surrounding those bands. I have literally been painting while an epic part of a Sonic Youth song has came on and it has driven me to make a mark I wouldn’t have made otherwise, like the music and the spirit of making it weird has pushed me to make it weird. And that spirit is why I wanted to skate to Sonic Youth in my video parts. I wanted an eclectic song that both rocked and had a good beat which is needed for a skate video, but was also weird. I would hope that the music was representative of who I was as a person and as a skater and that it fit with my persona. In my head I wanted to think that my skateboarding was as weird and eclectic as the music, but my talent on a skateboard I fear never lived up to the coolness of the music. I think that music really stands the test of time as well, I still listen to those albums today, and I still get inspired by them when I’m painting.”
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News Update: Can’t Call Supra Skater-Owned Anymore

Introducing Robert Capener, Supra's new president.

Introducing Robert Capener, Supra’s new president.

As of the first of this month, you can unfortunately no longer call Supra Footwear skater-owned. The blow doesn’t hit as hard, if this were to happen to a more timely brand, but it should serve as an indication of the times to come. Read More