A History of Skate Shoes

by Henrik Buzzi

Simple Footwear’s History of Skate Shoes gives a whistle-stop tour of the history of skateboarding’s footwear, and through it, the history of the sport itself.

The development of the skating shoe runs alongside the growth of skateboarding. As skateboarding began to be taken more seriously, the sport’s forerunners, Californian surfers who needed to hone their skills whilst the sea was still, realized that they couldn’t continue to skate barefoot. Cue the dawning of one of the most commercially and culturally successful industries in the world. The interactive list, by Simple, features over 40 shows that best show how the industry has changed and evolved.