Skate shoes have always found new ways to be different, and look pretty cool in doing so. From the original plimsoll designs to the moon boot sensations of the noughties, this is the total guide to the evolution and history of skate shoes. Click on a shoe to find out more about its origins.

1921
original Converse Chuck Taylor All Star The original Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a timeless fa Read more >
1965
Randy 720 Introducing the Randy 720, the first official skate shoe des Read more >
1976
Vans Era Vans (by the Van Doren Brothers) had been producing sneakers Read more >
1977
#36 Old Skool Vans When Old Skool Vans hit the shelves in 1977, they were remin Read more >
1982
Vans Classic slip-ons The classic Vans slip-on was inspired by an old slip-on snea Read more >
1985
Nike Air Jordan 1 The Nike Air Jordan 1 was a success for skateboarding cultur Read more >
1987
Etnies Natas The first ever pro-skate shoe was a marriage between the Fre Read more >
1987
Airwalk Vic At a time when hi-tops were the craze, the Airwalk Vic was a Read more >
1988
Vans Steve Caballero Vans took a break from the sneaker scene in 1984, due to fil Read more >
1989
Adidas Superskate The Adidas Superskate was the first official Adidas skateboa Read more >
1990
Etnies Rap high top Once considered the most technically advanced skate shoe bra Read more >
1992
Caballero Vans Half Cab Responding to what skaters wanted, Vans released the Caballe Read more >
1992
Etnies Lo-cut Rap After years of rocking a hi-top, Etnies made a bold move to Read more >
1994
DC Danny Way DC Shoes, founded by Damon Way and Ken Block in 1993, produc Read more >
1995
éS SLB Mid-top World Champion freestyle skateboarder Pierre André Senizerg Read more >
1997
Axion Mariano Designed by the pro skater Guy Mariano, his signature shoe w Read more >
1997
éS Koston K1 The éS Koston personified the look of the ‘90s, featuring Read more >
1997
es Muska Fitted with a "secret stash" pocket, the 1997 éS Muska brou Read more >
1998
DC Lynx When the DC Lynx was released in 1998, it quickly became a h Read more >
1998
éS Koston K2 One year after the release of the éS Koston 1, a second pro Read more >
1999
Adio Wray V1 Pro skateboarder Jeremy Wray teamed up with Adio Footwear af Read more >
1999
Etnies Girl Etnies was one of the first skateboard shoe brands to market Read more >
1999
éS Burnquist Bob Burnquist, the first skateboarder to land a “fakie 900 Read more >
2000
Lakai Fade One of Lakai’s first ever team models, the Fade, resembled Read more >
2000
DC Kalis (Josh Kalis) Josh Kalis, a professional American skater, released his fir Read more >
2001
Osiris D3 Known as one of the best selling pro skate shoes ever, but a Read more >
2002
Nike SP Dunk Low Pro (Zoo York collaboration) American skateboard manufacturer Zoo York and pro skater Dan Read more >
2002
Etnies Plus The Etnies Plus offered a unique design, a limited edition r Read more >
2003
Emerica Ellington Emerica was recognised as a raw and simple skate shoe brand. Read more >
2004
éS Workout 100 In 2004 éS released a skate shoe that doubled as a workout Read more >
2005
Nike SB Diamond Supply Co. Collaboration (Nike SB Tiffany Dunk Low) In the ‘80s and ‘90s the Dunk was already a popular skat Read more >
2005
Nike SB Paul Rodriguez Nike wanted to be taken seriously as a skatewear brand, so t Read more >
2006
éS Theory Justin Eldridge's first-ever éS shoe, the Theory, was a gre Read more >
2007
Lakai Manchester Referred to as “The People’s Choice”, the Lakai Manche Read more >
2008
Emerica Hsu Emerica, a skateboarding shoe brand once a part of Etnies, w Read more >
2009
Huf x Vans The skateboarding streetwear brand HUF (founded by pro skate Read more >
2010
éS Duran The epitome of minimalism, éS executed a skate shoe that co Read more >
2011
DC Flawless (Rob Dyrdek signature model) Rob Dyrdek was one of the original riders for DC, and the DC Read more >
2011
éS La Brea Mark Ward, a skateboarder and artist based in London, teamed Read more >
2012
Vans Stage 4 waffle cup Here we have skateboarding's first vulcanised cupsole, and a Read more >
2013
Etnies Marana (Ryan Sheckler) Skate shoes from 2010 onwards steered away from thick tongue Read more >
2015
Huf x Thrasher With similar aesthetics to Vans and Converse, the Huf x Thra Read more >
2016
DC Heathrow The DC Heathrow is an athletic inspired lifestyle shoe, desi Read more >
2017
Nike SB Koston 3 Hyperfeel In recent years, Nike SB has become a frontrunner in terms o Read more >