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Highsnobiety Examines the Bulky Shoe Craze’s Roots in Skate Footwear

There’s no denying that bulky shoes are back in 2018. From appropriated fashion designs to rereleases of classic models, what was up until very recently deemed archaic is becoming a new staple in footwear. And, as is the case with many things, the roots of the style can be traced directly back to skateboarding. Highsnobiety delves into the topic in an in-depth piece written by Anthony Pappalardo that includes key insights from éS’ Don Brown, Osiris co-founder Brian Reid, and others.

Rather than being cynical about it, [Don] Brown is enjoying his brands’ growing influence. “High-fashion brands have been really pushing the bulkier styles, with strong inspiration from technical skate pioneers éS and etnies,” he says. “I’m loving the creativity I’m seeing with Balenciaga, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior; éS specifically gets tagged when someone posts their shoes, as they see similarities to what we created 20-plus years ago — pretty amazing that people associate our design with such prestigious brands.”

Head over to Highsnobiety to read the entire piece.

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Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam Registration Now Open

This year’s Skating Across Borders charity event will be held on May 21st from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Presented by the Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa, the fundraiser features a mini ramp jam as well as live band performances.

Register at skateparkoftampa.com to join the mini ramp jam.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

Board for Bros will also have a tent during the event where they will be accepting old boards and skateboard parts that will be refurbished and given to kids who can’t afford their own.

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Monster Energy Crew to Kick Off Euro Tour

Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Aurelien Giraud, and the rest of the Monster Energy Crew will shred the best skate spots in Europe this summer in the upcoming Monster Euro Tour.

The tour is in partnership with local skate shops.

The first stop will kick off in Bristol on the 8th of May.

The rest of the tour schedule follows.

  • Hamburg – May 14
  • Berlin – May 17
  • Munich – May 21
  • Athens – June 5
  • Warsaw – June 10
  • Helsinki – July 1
  • Vienna – July 9
  • Tel-Aviv – September 3
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Watch the X Games Chiba 2022 live on YouTube and ESPN App

Hey X Games fans. You can catch X Games Chiba 2022 live from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and the X Games YouTube Channel.

You can find the schedule and the links to the live streaming for each game here and the full list of participating athletes here.

Two hours of event recap coverage will also air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

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