Fashion and skating have enjoyed a long and illustrious relationship, with brands and designers borrowing from the sport and subculture to inform collections, brand identity and overarching ethos’ for years. One area where this is heavily pronounced is in the footwear department: with the skate shoe becoming an integral part of luxury and fashion collections alike.
In part, fashion’s fascination with skate culture is thanks to the community’s laidback attitude towards, well, everything. Whether it be the sneakers we wear or the jeans we opt for day-to-day, skate culture’s influence on fashion cannot be understated. Take Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton, which produces skate-ready sneakers, linking up with London skater Lucien Clarke for a collaborative model. There’s also Lanvin’s famous ‘The Curb’ silhouette, as well as classic Nike dunks being unofficially taken from the Basketball courts to the skate ramps.
It’s also down to skating’s disruptive culture: at its core, the subculture champions an alternative attitude, which plays out in the skate shoes we’ve compiled for you here. Scroll to take a look at our selection.
SEBAGO CLASSIC DAN – £170 / US$260
GUCCI PRINCETOWN LOAFERS – £610 / US$850
LEGRES BROWN LEATHER – £550 / US$615
LOW TOP SNEAKERS
MAISON MARGIELA – £332 / US$540
NIKE DUNK LOW RETRO PANDA – £65 / $US73
MONCLER RIDGED LACE – £540 / US$750
HIGH TOP SNEAKERS
CONVERSE X ACW CHUCK HIGH – £110 / US$110
AXEL ARIGATO DICE HI – £210 / US$305
RICK OWENS DRKSHDW GRAPHIC PRINT HIGH Print – £450 / US$745
ACNE STUDIOS PLATFORM SNOW BOOTS – £330 / US$373
ANCUTA SARCA X NIKE POINTED-TOE FAUX LEATHER KNEE-HIGH BOOTS – £725 / $US819
UNDERCOVER RAIN BOOTS – £610 / US$630
KIKO KOSTADINOV VALAKAS SANDALS – £455 / US$605
BIRKENSTOCK BOSTON – £140 / US$160
SUICOKE ZAVO-MAB – £180 / US$260