What Do Actual Skateboarders Think About the Alexander Wang x adidas Originals Skate Shoe?

“We need to define ‘skate shoe’ and ‘skate style.’”

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From Riccardo Tisci‘s love affair with basketball to Raf Simons and Fred Perry applying tennis-related sensibilities into their collaborative collection, high-end luxury fashion and sportswear styling continue to converge with one another creating a dynamic flare all its own. Not new by any stretch of the imagination, the relationship, though complex, looks only to strengthen with time. As both realms continue to evolve, new frontiers emerge with other arenas looking to unify.

While the world still reels from the collaborative juggernaut that is Supreme x Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang is but the latest design maverick to try his hand at skate culture appropriation. Having tinkered with this specific parallel before, the NYC-based designer applied skate-related motifs such as exaggerated silhouettes, wallet chains, half-cab-styled runners and beanies all throughout his 2017 spring/summer collection.

Notoriously picky, some superstitious even, skateboarders carry a reputation of standing pat with what they choose to use. From selecting hi-tops or low-tops to cupsole vs. vulcanized and board sticker placement to brand preference, it all comes down to individual rider preference. So, when news first broke of the newly dropped Alexander Wang x adidas Originals Skate Shoe Collection, we wanted the industry inside to what actual skateboarders thought of the lineup. With that said, we turned to Vans Hong Kong and 8FIVE2 rider, also co-owner of Victoria Skateboards Piet Guilfoyle, established skater Jimmy “Sweatpants” Gorecki (owner of Jamestown Skate Products and formerly of Zoo York and Pharrell’s Ice Cream skate team), Mark Nardelli (founder of longstanding NYC imprint 5Boro), and last but not least skate bible Jenkem Magazine editor Alexis Castro.

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