The idea of skating a shoe that’s been in a closet for close to 20 years sounds absolutely ridiculous but sure enough, it’s more of a common occurrence with every passing day. As we’re still investigating, we can’t tell if this is a publicity stunt of some small degree, a sensation due to a growing mid-life crisis or most plausible, a lack of footwear that’s currently speaking to consumers.
You’d think that this new trend of skating old skate shoes is only applicable for those 30+ years and over but there’s no age limit for those looking to participate. More recently, we’ve witnessed a group of skaters (between 16-18yrs) that’re going back into the past to find their skate shoes of today. Everything from Old DC Lynx’s to relatively younger vintage models like DC’s PJ Ladd pro model seem to be the most popular for those looking to skate shoes from back when.
One of these participants happens to be Michal Knara and he’s been skating the PJ Ladd’s consistently. We never thought there’d still be a surplus of DC PJ Ladd pro models sitting around, waiting to be purchased 5 years later, but clearly we’re wrong. This may be a direct result of what happens when you ask for $130 for a skate shoe many didn’t approve of in the first place. Also, back in 2009, we were still in #TheAgeOfVulc.
When you think about it from a strictly financial point of view, it might be in your best interest to skate older skate shoes if you’re looking to penny pinch. As an example, the DC PJ’s are going for $64.99 or less online. They’re essentially the same price you’d spend on a pair of Vans, except these will probably last a lot longer- regardless of the yellow sole syndrome that’s common with vintage skate shoes.
As of right now, this idea of skating older skate shoes is as contagious as the ebola virus. Only a select few will be able to grasp the idea and fully run with it. Like with any skate shoe purchase, everything will be hit or miss so be sure to practice as much logic in your purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, not everyone will be as psyched as Brian Panebianco once those OG DC Lynx’s land at their door step. He might’ve started all of this… #PatientZero
Whether the price of skate shoes is “too Damn high“ or if you’re just plain old sick of today’s selection and don’t subscribe to “skating whatever the fuck you want”, this route of skating older skate shoes might be where its at. Definitely easier said than done. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself referencing this list for your next pair of kicks.
Worst case scenario: if you get a pair of OG shoes and hate em, just customize them to your needs.