One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen is this All City Showdown done by Uprise & Converse. Labeled “A Real Street Contest” the idea was 84 skateboarders were invited to skate the streets of Chicago for 8 hours with a chance to win a portion of $11,000. Now we all know money talks so you can imagine the things that go down in this video. The judges highlight their favorite riders and or tricks so make sure you pay close attention. Chicago is defiantly on the bucket list of places to visit and skate. Chi Town Stand Up!
I’m really not 100% sure why this is getting as much hype as it is, but, as most people are already well aware, Mike Mo Capaldi will be leaving Lakai once his contract expires at year’s end.
There’s a whole lot of speculation out there as to where Mike Mo will land, but the conventional wisdom is that he will be heading to DC for a full footwear and apparel deal (which…leads to the assumption that he will be leaving Matix as well).
A really interesting article on the subject was posted on N-SB.org yesterday. This article discusses the post-Fully Flared departures of Anthony Pappalardo (Converse), Cairo Foster (etnies), Alex Olson (Vans), Eric Koston (Nike SB), and Lucas Puig (adidas)…while describing Lakai as a sort of “development team”…where young talent gets on early, builds names for themselves, and later get lured away by lucrative contracts offered by the big brands. This article suggests that this phenomenon will become a ongoing pattern for Lakai…especially given the “instant cool factor” that an association with Girl or Chocolate brings.
I guess…the real issue isn’t who rides for who and why, the real issue is the push and pull between the “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos and big, public brands that have broken into the skate market.
Personally, I’m not going to fight this fight. Naturally, I would prefer that skateboarding stay true to it’s so-called “core” roots, but, as they say, “core is poor”…and why shouldn’t guys like Mike Mo take the money that’s put in front of them? Similarly, why shouldn’t these big companies try to build their brands and expand out into skateboarding…particularly if they’re offering a product that skaters want?
Our guy, JT, lined up a sweet deal with Converse for one of this month’s “Gift With Purchase” promotions. Buy any pair of Converse or CONS skate shoes, and we will include a sheet of Converse grip-tape with your order, FREE! Get it while supplies last!
If you have trouble making the decision, I will tell you the Cons Trapasso Pro Ox (to the left) are classic for both skating and chillin’. These things on point…whether you’re skating in the park or simply walking to the bus stop. Super durable and the price is right. What ever your shoe plans, take a look at our Converse Skate styles or find our CONS here. If your not a skate guy and don’t need a free sheet of cool ass Converse griptape, give it to your friend, nephew, or the rider pushing in-front of your local shop. As always, BuySkateShoes.com is Skater Owned and Operated! Have questions, give us a call @(866) 355-7463.
This is history. Kenny Anderson is back on the Converse team. You know the deal, but just in case you got lost along the way, Kenny laced up his Chucks back in 1997, turning pro officially a year later. It almost seems like yesterday. Ha, yeah, 14 years ago yesterday. After his introduction with Converse, Kenny rode for Planet Earth, Chocolate, and Adio. Five years ago, Kenny, then skating for Adio, showcased his journey from his hometown of Las Vegas to L.A.
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