While giving ams colorways isn’t the newest movement in skateboarding, it’s certainly starting to gain momentum in skate footwear more than ever. There’s no doubt that ams are just as deserving of their own colorways, so as a way to dissuade you from saying “Where’s ______’s pro model? He’s ripping better than the pros!”, you can simply get their custom colorway shoe instead. On top of that, this is the best way to support ams that you’re genuinely psyched on, and that counts for more than you think. If they also happen to have a great looking colorway, even better.
DC Trase T-Funk Colorway – $60
We normally don’t condone skateboarding nicknames, as they tend to have some sort of stigma or bad luck to those who host them (think about it), but T-Funk is pretty good. Along with a good name, apparently one of skateboarding’s younger prodigies has a good eye when it comes to picking out colors for their signature colorway model. The Trase is a pretty blank canvas, with little to no room for adding layers or any additional lines or colors- making it all that harder to paint. T-Funk came correct with this white/green combo. The gold eyelets set it off instead of tying the green accents in and potentially overwhelming the shoe’s aesthetic. To add to this great colorway, it’s $60 and has DC’s durable super suede all throughout the upper. Purple Kush sockliner on the inside too. We see where this is going… 😉
NB# Quincy 254 Jordan Taylor Colorway – $80
With our reasoning in the intro in mind, the idea of supporting your favorite am isn’t that farfetched, especially if that favorite am of yours is Jordan Taylor. As one of skateboarding’s favorites, this release of the Quincy 254 in his selected colorway is the best way to support him. The $80 price tag may seem a bit steep, but that’s until you take into consideration the heavy duty pig suede that completely takes over this grey/pink upper combo. As with other ams mentioned in this article, it would appear that the younger guys have a much more tasteful/risky approach when it comes to selecting colorways. It’s been a while since we’ve seen pink on a skate shoe and no lie, we’re immediately excited by it.
Other honorable mentions: Supra Chino, with an Oscar Candon colorway; Adidas have given Na-Kel a Matchcourt Mid colorway, and more developments continue to happen with each passing day.
Will this ongoing trend continue to excite you on your favorite am or does it turn you off to the day where these ams actually have pro models? Does it dilute the pristine gesture of having your own pro model or does it just increase the am’s want for one even more?