A Brief History of Skateboarding Footwear
Skateboarding first emerged as a surfer’s dry-land alternative in the early 1960s, and like wave surfing, most participants rode their boards barefoot! Before long the Randy 720º, the first dedicated skateboarding shoe, was manufactured in 1965. Not long after that, the Vans shoe company started making custom shoes in California. But it wasn’t until 1976 that Vans marketed their shoes specifically to skaters, creating styles that are still being made today. Other early brands that made skate shoes in the 70s and 80s include Makaha, Hobie, Dunlop, Clark’s, and even Adidas. It is worth noting that many skaters of this era opted for non-skateboarding shoes like Converse All Stars and Nike Blazers.