SUPRA, while occasionally following standard ideas and concepts within skate footwear design, has always shined brightest when deviating from the path most trodden.
The Ellington models have all been homages to before their time, yet highly memorable in both design and colorway choices. The Cuban remains the only chain-laden, entirely perforated skateable slip-on. Lizard’s fold-down high-to-mid echoed I-Path’s Cats version (but designed to skate functionally) and, like it or not, the Skytop has consistently challenged the very idea of what a skate shoe is, both material and aesthetic-wise.
SUPRA’s always been on their own level, and may be the first brand in 20 years to successfully pull from early ’90s Airwalk and Etnies style elements without ripping them off or creating a blatant throwback. The side paneling, the egregious amount of stitching, the murdered out colorway… all signs point to a winner for old and young alike with the Crown Coalition Melrose. This vulc homage has a longer toe area and notably lower profile harkening back to Vans as much as early Lakai vulcs, combining multiple eras into one modernized shoe built to skate.
Completing the homage-like attributes are a deconstructed tongue and a latex insole for full ventilation without sacrificing durability.
Coming at you in multiple materials and textures and repped by the one and only Dee Ostrander, the CC Melrose is currently available in “wood grain” for $65, and all-black very soon. For those of you who are looking for a new aesthetic after the rubber toe & t-toe trends, keep your eyes on SUPRA in 2017.