After the premiere of Mind Field, the internet, and fashionable message boards set ablaze with inquiries into where exactly Dylan Reider’s (Hi Dylan!) ballerina shoes could be obtained. Thankfully, after a painful four months of looking unfashionable,
Opening Ceremony Gravis is releasing THE DYLAN LO to the world.
The brilliance of the shoe is highlighted by its effortless blend of two lifestyles. It is now officially possible to kill it on the board for the day, and then kill it on the scene at night, without having to go home and change (provided that you wear your dingy deep-v and cardigan sweater full of holes out to skate during the day.) Prior to the release of this masterwork of footwear, the Vans Era was the closest thing skateboarding had to a scene-approved shoe, but those days are officially over, as these inevitably guarantee your entrance into Sway, or Beatrice (if only it was still here! Rumors are circulating that it will be opening back up and the city is providing a fine amnesty in honor of this shoe’s release.) Skateboard companies have neglected the nighttime lifestyle of their most promising athletes for much too long, and thank goodness that we have such progressive athletes providing such great synergy between the scene, and the board.
As a minor sidenote, it is troubling that these are being described as “skateable dress shoes,” when they in fact are nothing of the sort. These are clear decedents of the ballerina shoe, and not the Diamond District wingtip that has become synonymous with conceptions of dress shoes.