In an age of triple stitched toe boxes, and exposed seems a-plenty, a company emerged to stake their claim as the antithesis of such designs, and Savier was their name. Savier set out to get rid of most vulnerabilities other shoes of the early 2000’s were flawed with, and do it with a very unique, sometimes futuristic style. They liked to utilize the one piece toe design with no exposed stitches during a time when we still had layers of patches of panels everywhere. Two years into their creation Nike threw some money at them, and helped them open the door to the technology that would allow them to pull off some of their wild design aesthetics. That partnership also laid the foundation for future relationships with the likes of Brad Staba, Brian Anderson and Stefan Janoski, who would soon be swoosh-bound.
A pair of Saviers stuck out on the shoe wall, and left an impression on the early 2000’s crowd as it was the beginning of higher quality materials and construction in the skate shoe world. It was also another early rumbling of what was to come from the major corporations that are currently running today’s show. Savier ran an interesting ad campaign, and once had an ad that didn’t have any shoes in it at all, but instead featured the Terwilliger-esque barefoot of our beloved Street Pirate pushing a tiny board down a smooth path. They also ran a tour in the early days where they GAVE out free shoes to anyone who surrendered their old, busted, shoes to them. They’d come strapped with 100 or so assorted models to give out to kids suffering from a severe case of the blown-panel, a very powerful marketing tool that no one has ever tried to attempt since. They even had a line of sometimes wild looking backpacks that included a tasteful take on the G-Bag.
A team favorite that BA and SJ wore heavily in some of their most influential parts, this shoe was missing all the technical flare that Savier was known for, and that was the beauty of it. An early example of a mostly one-piece construction, years before it would become the norm. Under that toe piece was a plastic shell so the entire toe box kept it’s shape, you’d lose the outer rubber and toe before you encountered any blowout in the toe area. If you’re looking to get a pair these days, be careful of Japanese bootlegs!
The Fulton was one of the few “traditional” designs towards the end of Savier’s life. Plenty of panels, plenty of stitching, and they didn’t have the same NASA-like qualities other models had. During a time where Dunk Hi SB’s and sneakerhead syndrome was in full swing, Savier had one of their last hits on their hands. The Fulton could easily be mistaken as a Supra model or even a pair of Cons to today’s standards. They also marked the first (and not the last) time that there was a Habitat logo on a pair of shoes.
Tim O’Connor’s second pro model looks like it was designed to foreshadow Tim’s future sponsor moves, as it seems to draw direct influence from something that could have three stripes on it. Today’s generation would be psyched to see the rubber toe cap, while the older gods would feel satisfied with the tried and true black/white/gum colorway that miraculously looks good on almost any shoe that sports it. This shoe had the unique characteristic of having a written story imprinted on the soles of both shoes, a story about what we could do to improve the human body put only in the words of Tim. But the most daring fact about this model was the font decision to write the story on the bottom of the shoe in Sand Bereau… aka CKY2K font.