‘Swoosh’ — The Latest One From Supreme & Strobeck

July 14th, 2015 | 10:59 am | Daily News | 20 Comments

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Before the concept of a “skateboarding shoe” really began maturing and booming in the nineties, a lot of “skate shoes” came from discount stores. Nike’s GTS was a canvas tennis shoe that covered sales racks at Marshalls two decades ago. It has largely been forgotten, beyond the fact it made its way into a bunch of skate photos and video parts, mostly on the feet of dudes who paid attention to their gear as much as the tricks they were doing. Today, with about 1/5th of the kids at a peak-hour L.E.S. session trying to look like they stepped out a Marshalls in 1995, it makes sense to revisit a cult-classic — which in many ways, was a proto-Janoski.

Supreme is releasing a run of GTS Nikes later this week. In the lead-up for it, they got Brian Anderson, Kevin Bradley and Alex Olson to skate both the most iconic plaza spot that still exists, and the most photogenic new plaza spot to be built in the past ~three years. With so many new skate videos (at least the ones filmed in cities) taking a spots-that-aren’t-really-spots approach, there’s now something refreshing about seeing B.A. do his first-ever Love line in a twenty-year-spanning skate career, or Challex doing improvisational turn-around lines at Republique that aren’t far off from Stevie’s wandering Love lines in The Reason. And shit, when’s the last time a pro simply did a crook fakie on a ledge to start off a line? Like 1999? That was nice to see.

We got the shoes, now how do we bring the plazas back? :(

Previously: the red devil, Joyride

20 Comments

Comment by hick
  • I want 45 mm wheels and 8.75 trucks if you want to go full 90’s…if we ain’t doing that shit, let’s not talk about revisiting 1996

    July 14, 2015 @ 11:47 am
  • Comment by chris
  • Alex’s 360 kickflip was real nice

    July 14, 2015 @ 12:52 pm
  • Comment by ms lippy
  • really loved the newest angle of kevin bradley blowing smoke into bill’s camera

    July 14, 2015 @ 1:09 pm
  • Comment by Pooch
  • @ms lippy you wrote that on the SLAP forum to – go CTRL CV your arse hole closed!

    July 14, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
  • Comment by Mathew
  • Kevin is only $ 1400 away from his surgery co pay.. C’mon everyone let’s pull this off.

    July 14, 2015 @ 3:11 pm
  • Comment by Lorenzo Insigne
  • “dude brian anderson makes my dreams come true with every tre he lands” -ElfantasmaDeZT, 2011, Comment on Youtube

    July 14, 2015 @ 4:16 pm
  • Comment by Clayton
  • Yes I definitely was caught up in the non-skate shoe craze in ’95. All I needed to see was Pepe wearing it and I was with it. I remember showing up at Love/City Hall one weekend and it seemed like everyone was rocking GTS’s – or the similar ones that were nubuck and had a cupsole. And of course everyone was trying shit like those odd, vertical frontside flips.

    July 14, 2015 @ 5:20 pm
  • Comment by Roctakon
  • The talk about this shoe is not BS. Was a huge Pulaski shoe, everyone had them, you can see Reese rocking them in his classic Eastern Exposure shit.

    July 14, 2015 @ 5:55 pm
  • Comment by ABC DROP OFFS
  • vertical frontside flip is mad east coast, referred to as the “gangsta flip”

    July 14, 2015 @ 7:37 pm
  • Comment by Kid who skates LES at peek hour
  • I cant wait for suprem to drop em!! Canvas rips quick, but gonna cop to just chill in then skate the fuck outa em at les

    July 14, 2015 @ 10:03 pm
  • Comment by Fleece
  • love dis an all strobeck’s commercials
    the “running start” is the most underrated trick in skateboarding

    July 15, 2015 @ 12:12 am
  • Comment by dominic
  • strobeck has some homoerotic shit going on in his videos

    July 15, 2015 @ 6:23 am
  • Comment by Solid Snake
  • @roctakon Relax With Pep (R.I.P.)

    July 15, 2015 @ 11:23 am
  • Comment by Clayton
  • haha – yes, honestly the first thing I think of when I think of Nike GTS, is Pepe skating Pulaski. Switch frontside flip up the steps and such.

    July 15, 2015 @ 1:12 pm
  • Comment by ~
  • those shoes look like they were at the discount outlet for a reason.

    July 15, 2015 @ 5:32 pm
  • Comment by Jules
  • Was the peter hewitt weed thing made up on slap or is nike chill now?

    July 15, 2015 @ 8:32 pm
  • Comment by Smells Like Pup
  • Bring back the Brooklyn Banks! Too much history to not let it be skated again! I’d say that was one of the best “plazas” ever.

    July 15, 2015 @ 8:58 pm
  • Comment by RockWell
  • GTS? More like GTFOH.

    Cheapo discount outlet shoes for real.

    They selling – I ain’t buying.

    July 16, 2015 @ 10:20 am
  • Comment by mike
  • Hatwreaaaa

    July 16, 2015 @ 2:17 pm
  • Comment by Roctakon
  • The Banks don’t count as a plaza.

    July 16, 2015 @ 5:15 pm
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