News Update: Dust Em Off & Skate Em While You Can

Retro Reviews? With the Circa the process of being "reviewed".

Retro Reviews? With the Circa CM802…in the process of being “reviewed”.

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.

Michal skating his old Ladd's

Michal skating his old Ladd’s

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.


  1. payton

    October 28, 2014 5:11pm

    i guess SB really blew it when they said “respect the past”… #hindsightis2020

  2. Andrew

    October 28, 2014 6:04pm

    Finally, someone has acknowledge what has seemingly been a groundswell of skaters being dissatisfied with the current shoe market. I, like many others, have spent a portion of each day, searching Ebay, Instagram (#sk8shoewars), and Craigslist looking for the skate shoes that I grew up with, shoes that not only served their purpose, but also had style. These companies are blind to the fact that people are dropping anywhere from the normal $50-60 bucks to north of $600 (red toe capped Circa Muska503s) on these older models. For the past 7-8 years, skate shoes have all looked virtually the same. Though it seems things are slowly starting to turn around, I still feel that you could strip the labels off of nearly all of the shoes, on any given shop’s wall, and one would have a difficult time deciphering a Lakai from a Vans. Up until the release of Emerica’s Brandon Westgate pro model, I can’t recall being stoked to walk into my shop and pick out a shoe. I really hope that skate shoe companies follow suit and catch on to what you guys have already realized, we are downright pissed that they seem to care more about appealing to the hipsters rather than the skateboarder.

  3. achillez

    October 29, 2014 11:06am

    Great article!
    Totally agree with the fact, that the actual “trends” of Footwear really stresses our nerves
    For example, here in Germany every damn kid wears Nike…

  4. hick

    October 29, 2014 4:22pm

    I’ve loved cupsoles forever. I’m into skating shoes that aren’t actual skate shoes, but I don’t stray too far from the course. I usually wear tennis shoes because of its cup sole contruction and the fact that the lateral movements of tennis are similar to that of skating. I’m glad that kids today see the importance of good shoes to wear, especially the older models. Hopefully companies continue to retro more of these #bulkyskateshoes but, who knows.

  5. TH

    October 29, 2014 5:21pm

    Today’s shoes are so dull and like for like. Everything looks like a pair of Vans. Lakai started off making such interesting kicks (I had the first Rick Howards) but now must be making some of the most boring shoes in the game. 1997-the mid 2000s was where it was at – like RL said, every model looked different then. Now it’s all super plain suede (to appeal to the broadest (non-skater?) market) on a white vulc.


  6. Justin

    October 29, 2014 6:02pm

    I totally agree with everyone’s comment regarding the direction of the skateboarding shoes of today compared to past. But!! I’ve got to give accolades to Lakai Footwear for their recent “style vs comfort/handling” I’ve got to say, they’ve nailed it with the Griffin model. I’m the person who said, Supra forever, until they jumped ship josh and focused elsewhere spectre just got ridiculous! In retrospect, if you’re looking to support footwear that’s supporting skateboarders johnson howard carroll. Eat well and Skate till you can’t..

  7. tom ratt

    October 31, 2014 8:23am

    I loved skating the savier raleigh shoe, eS sal 23 and slb 98, etnies vallely and Cyprus were dope, dc Rudy johnson 2 and any dc before 2000 was so sick. Kastel Olson’s, dvs Keenan and stealth, osiris damaja And gershon Mosley and the ods…Fucking globe og Chet Thomas were sick too. But there are sick New models too…dc Chris Cole lite s, kalis centrics, adidas silas 2 and Lucas pros, converse pappalardos and chuck mids, Nike blazers and dunks, vans av native American and old skool pros…these may one day be classics for the kiddos one day. And all these shoes skate super well! Stock up old men!!!

  8. Anderson

    November 6, 2014 7:40pm

    I’m partial towards cupsole models, especially the ones that cater to providing impact protection so it’s great that more skate shoe companies are starting to make them again, albeit at higher prices. I just hope that with the higher prices of skate shoes come improved quality and durability and not shortcuts in shoe manufacturing via poorly utilized “tech”.

    That being said, it has been annoying seeing $70 vulc shoes with small pieces of rubber at the heel area that hold together the ends of single-layer foxing tapes.

  9. Veliko

    November 7, 2014 5:52pm

    Omg man I love them man !!! this brings some memories from back in the day n_n

  10. Neil

    November 20, 2014 11:07pm

    Skateshoes from the 80s. Airwalk Prototypes different models

  11. Neil

    November 20, 2014 11:08pm

    Skateshoes from the 80s. Airwalk Prototypes different models

  12. allaner

    December 4, 2014 3:00pm

    Nike should bring back Savier’s. i had a lot of those when Nike decided to drop the brand and go with Nike SB.


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