His time with DVS was short-lived but it didn’t stop him from quickly designing a pro model. For the time (2009), the Brophy was a simple but well received pro model. Its colorways were on point and its cupsole design allowed it to stick out while in the process of transitioning out of our vulc-craze phase. We haven’t seen much of Brophy since then but last we heard, he was confirmed to be on Converse. Although upon further searching, it’s only limited to their Australian division (which kinda means nothing). How do you 360 flip a table from flat and not have a proper shoe sponsor?
Honorable other flop: Munition CT
Remember that epic commercial of Westgate kickflipping that perfect kicker ramp in the middle of nowhere? It’s honestly etched into our minds. The Flick was no overnight success. It was immediately accepted among consumers everywhere and just as quickly rejected once they saw how the narrow paneled sides blew out after a couple of sessions. It was hit or miss depending on who you were talking to but there’s some saving grace with his latest pro model. The high rubber side walls couldn’t even save the panels from coming up, damn. Even worse if you had a fat foot too.
Honorable other flop: The reissued Heritic
Technically, the 1984 left but it didn’t in the same instance. The ’84 hardly hit the mark in terms of success but it also wasn’t too far off. The durability of a paneled toe cap was just too much for some people to handle but as we know now, it just returned (with a facelift) as the new Arena that we’ve been seeing everywhere lately. Strange to see the success of a T-toe considering skateboarding’s current success with rubber toe caps but in hindsight, it actually makes sense. The footwear industry as a whole is currently working off of early-2000 designs but with a slimmer take. Can’t say we blame them.
Honorable other flop: HUF 1