Complex hat ein Interview mit (Achtung!) Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero und einigen Erfindern beziehungsweise den Kindern von Erfindern heute legendärer Skate-Sneaker über die Geschichte von Turnschuhen in der Skate-Szene. Das beste Zitat daraus fällt wohl gegen Ende und stammt von Stacy Peralta: „It's unfortunate to see companies like Nike who have bought their way into skateboarding instead of paying their dues. They suck the value out of sports by throwing around money the way they do.“
Tony Hawk, skate legend: The biggest issue with Chuck Taylors is that you would burn through the side doing ollies right away, and through the toes doing kneeslides.
Van Doren: My dad started Vans in 1966—by the mid-’70s Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta were wearing our shoes.
Stacy Peralta, skate legend: Not only were they the first on the scene, but they supported skateboarding when no other shoe companies wanted to be involved.
Van Doren: The first skate shoe was born on March 18, 1976. We put an Off the Wall heel label on, a term the guys used when they were skating pools. It was basically a canvas upper with a vulcanized sole. We called it the Style 95.
Hawk: I thought I became a better skater when I finally got a pair of Vans. I was happy to just stare at the box when I brought them home.
Van Doren: The next shoe was the Style 36 in ’77. It had leather on the front and the back and had a side stripe—now it’s called the Old Skool.
Steve Caballero, skate legend: When I first went to the skate park in 1978, I saw people wearing Vans. I got some of the low-tops—the Old Skools—first. The grooves hit really nice on the grip tape.