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My Grail: Air Jordan 1 “Black/Red”

My Grail: Air Jordan I “Black/Red” In 1985 Nike debuted the first signature sneaker for Chicago Bulls rookie Michael Jordan, a red and black high top which was nothing like anything seen before. In that same year NBA Commissioner David Stern banned the shoe for not properly matching the Bulls’ uniforms. Thanks to the attention […]

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Eduskation

Eduskation As it is somewhat difficult to come up with “This Week in Skateboarding” weekly, I have decided to rename the section “Eduskation.” Inspired by professional skateboarder Nate Sheerwood’s use of terms like generskation, and Eduskate (which also happens to be the name of his skateshop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), I feel this section is […]

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Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Plaid” Sample

Since its inception the Janoski by Nike SB has been offered in many colors, patterns, and materials from suede to leather to canvas. Much of this variety has to do with the simple fact that Nike SB pro Stefan Janoski has had a hand in the design of every edition of the signature sneaker, with […]

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Nike SB Koston 2 “Deep Royal Blue”

Nike SB has released official images of the newest edition of the Koston 2, this time in Deep Royal Blue. This golf inspired skate shoe comes covered in a blue sued that really catches the eye. A while swoosh and midsole complete the color scheme that is sure to turn heads at the skatepark or […]

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Nike SB P. Rod 7 High Preview

As one of Nike SB’s premiere pros Paul Rodriguez has accumulated seven numbered pro models over the past decade. Recently images have leaked of a high top version of the P. Rod 7. Inspired by basketball sneakers, the P. Rod 7 broke away from the one piece toe cap design of the previous two models. […]

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Nike SB Project BA

Last week Nike SB officially released the 3D skateboard’s pro Brian Anderson’s first signature sneaker, the Project BA. This runner inspired skate shoe certainly takes the idea of a cross-over shoe to the next level. Released in both regular and a slightly pricier premium options, this low top cupsole utilizes Nike’s patented Lunarlon technology that […]

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DC x Baker Skateboards Council S

Today DC Skateboarding proudly announced the addition of Baker amateur Cyril Jackson to their already impressive roster. The announcement was paired with the release of a special edition of the DC Council S in collaboration with Cyril’s board sponsor, Baker Skateboards. The Council S is a low top vulcanized sneaker with a one piece toe […]

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This Week (Month) in Skateboarding

After a brief hiatus it is my pleasure to present the return of This Week in Skateboarding. A lot has happened in the last few weeks, but I will do my best to cover all of the important stuff which has taken place in the first few weeks of August. This past week Huf Quality […]

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Nike SB Project BA “Green/Gold”

Project BA from Nike SB has to be one of the more exciting shoes to be released in recent years. Not only is it a runner inspired skate shoe and skate legend Brian Anderson’s first pro model on Nike, each and every colorway is hand-picked and designed by BA himself. The hits just keep on […]

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Lakai “Vincent”

Lakai footwear is proud to announce the first signature sneaker for Lakai and Chocolate pro Vincent Alvarez. With a steady amount of coverage and an impressive opening part in Girl and Chocolate’s 2012 film “#PrettySweet”, a signature shoe seems long overdue. Following the common trend in skate shoes, the Alvarez is outfitted with a one […]

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Nike Koston 2 x Air Max Spring 2014

Nike has had a habit of coming up with a great idea and running with it until it gets tired, and then jamming an adrenaline shot into it and seeing where it will run next. Poor running analogies aside, some examples in recent memory are the Nike Foamposite just getting absolutely ridiculous, the Roshe being […]

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This Week in Skateboarding

This Week in Skateboarding Ending in 7-27-13 Skateboarding’s favorite toothless son Manny Santiago has been floating around without a shoe sponsor since Axion’s demise a few months ago. With recent coverage being scarce (the last time I saw him was X Games Munich) it seemed as if despite Axion’s demise, Manny still somehow had a […]

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Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Black/Anthracite”

Since there never seem to be enough Janoski colorways, Nike SB hits us with another edition in black, this time with Anthracite accents. The black shoe comes in canvas, giving the sneaker more of a laid back feel, which is complimented by a gum outsole. Although this is not the first (and certainly not the […]

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Nike SB Project BA

As one of Nike SB’s initial team members, Brian Anderson has remained loyal to the Swoosh for over a decade. With a few Dunk collaborations under his belt and an extensive art and design portfolio under his belt, it only seems fitting that he should finally get a crack at his own pro shoe. At […]

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This Week in Skateboarding 7-15-13

Hey everybody, B. Gates here, Midwest Sole’s resident skater and skate shoe enthusiast. My passion for sneakers started around the time I was 12 or 13; this is also when I started skateboarding. Every month or so I would get my handy CCS catalog in the mail I would pour over the upcoming decks and, […]

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CONS KA-2 Preview

Long time CONS rider and arguably one of the most stylish skaters of all time Kenny Anderson has been blessed with his second signature sneaker, appropriately named the KA-2. Following the one piece construction which has taken the skateboarding industry by storm over the past few years, the seamless toe cap is perfect for preventing […]

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Emerica “Westgate” Preview

Emerica footwear has already had an impressive year, releasing the Reynolds Low and Provost in a matter of just a few months. It appears the skateboarding brand isn’t letting up any time soon with plans to announce the third pro model shoe for Zoo York pro Brandon Westgate. Set to be announced at the Agenda […]

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Emerica “Reynolds Low”

Back in April Emerica footwear unveiled the latest in a long line of signature shoes for pro and living legend Andrew Reynolds. The technology and style of the Reynolds was everything a skater could ask for, with one exception: it was a mid-top. Unlike basketball shoes where the higher profile shoes are dominant, skaters predominantly […]

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Nike Zoom Janoski AC RS

Nike SB is at it again; since the introduction of the Stefan Janoski pro model in 2009 the boat shoe inspired sneaker has become a smash hit for Nike’s skateboarding line. As with every other Nike release to become popular (Lunarlon anyone?), the Janoski has since taken many forms. One of the more interesting being […]

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Nike SB Blazer Hi “SB Chronicles Vol.2”

In celebration of their forthcoming film about skateboarding entitled The SB Chronicles Vol 2, Nike SB has teamed up with artist (and team member?) Neckface to bring us a special edition of the Blazer Premium. Draped in an eye catching Tour Yellow, the Blazer is covered in what could easily be mistaken for messy black […]

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Emerica Presents “The Provost”

Over the past twenty years Emerica footwear has a reputation for both producing some of the highest quality skateboarding shoes as well as one of the most impressive teams in skateboarding. After many years and a few gnarly video parts Emerica has blessed Toy Machine pro Colin Provost with his very own signature shoe, The […]

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Vans “Chima Pro”

As one of the oldest skate shoe companies in the game Vans doesn’t hand out pro models lightly. With only a handful of pros on their extensive roster being blessed with a signature shoe, Vans has chosen to bestow this honor on long time team rider Chima Ferguson. Inspired by Chima’s favorite Vans style “The Authentic”, […]

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Nike SB Koston 2 “Anthracite/White”

Nike SB recently gave us a sneak peak of a new colorway for the Koston 2. This edition of the Koston 2 comes with an sport sued Anthracite upper with contrasting white accents, adding a little extra flare to the already stylish shoe. Outfitted with the drop in Lunarlon insole which has helped make the Koston […]

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Con KA-One Vul: Lunarlon

Hitting skate shop shelves this spring is an updated version of the vulcanized edition of Kenny Anderson’s first Converse Pro model. Seeing as Converse is owned by Nike, it was only a matter of time before they began to integrate their popular Lunarlon technology into their Cons skateboarding division. With its one piece construction and […]

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Lil Wayne and One Distribution Present Spectre Footwear

Since his release from jail in 2010 rapper Lil Wayne picked up a new hobby: skateboarding. Weezy’s new found hobby has led to him commentating at the X Games,  starting the streetwear brand “Truck Fit” which has a skateboarding influence, to his latest endeavor:  Spectre Footwear. Housed under One Distribution  the same company which distributes Supra Footwear, Spectre Footwear is a […]

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Nike SB Janoski “White Velcro”

In 2012 Nike SB released a special edition of their popular silhouette, the Janoski, offered with velcro straps. The velcro Janoski is making a comeback this summer, this time in white. The white Janoski comes with a leather upper, making it more of a lifestlye sneaker than a skate ready shoe. With the incredible popularity of […]

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Nike SB Koston 2 “Anthracite/White”

Nike SB is gracing skaters and sneakerheads alike with another new colorway of the Koston 2; this time the low profile sneaker comes in Anthracite with a white outsole and Nike swoosh for contrast. The white outsole has a grey speckled effect which really sets this edition apart from run of the mill grey and […]

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Emerica “The Reynolds”

Emerica is proud to release the newest signature shoe for legendary pro Andrew Reynolds appropriately named “The Reynolds.” When designing this shoe Reynolds and Emerica set out to create a good shoe that would last long and skate well. The result is what Reynolds himself calls “the best skate shoe ever to be made…ever.” This is saying […]

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Nike SB Janoski “Royal/White”

Nike SB has given us a sneak peek of another new colorway of the popular pro model by Stefan Janoski. This edition gets the canvas treatment in Royal blue. The striking royal blue is offset by a white midsole, matching a white swoosh and laces. The royal Janoski comes just in time for summer and […]

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DC Skateboarding “Wes Kremer S”

DC Skateboarding is proud to announce the release of their newest pro model, the Wes Kremer S. The newest pro model from DC and Skatemafia pro Wes Kremer, the Kremer S combines DC skateboarding technology with a simple silhouette to create this vulcanized shoe. From the sole to the tongue, this shoe is designed with […]

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Nike SB Janoski “Digital Floral”

Nike SB has been turning out classics from day one, and the pro model for Stefan Janoski still has yet to disappoint. This summer Nike SB is hitting skaters and sneakerheads alike with an instant classic: the Zoom Janoski Digital Floral print edition. The colorway is built on a camouflage base reminiscent of the Camo […]

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Supra “Strike”

Earlier this week Supra footwear announced a new low top cup sole design, the Strike. Calling this shoe simple would only be doing it an injustice; with a one piece toe cap and simplistic construction, the real detail is in the design. Supra has designed three different colorways for the new silhouette, each with their […]

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Nike SB Koston 2 Update

A few months back we gave you a preview of Nike SBs upcoming release, the Koston 2. Yesterday Nike officially announced Eric Koston’s newest pro model along with a hilariously awesome commercial to back it. The Koston 2 is the perfect blend of functionality and fashion; drawing inspiration golf and saddle style shoes, the Koston […]

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Supra x Spring Breakers “Donavyn”

Earlier this week Supra announced the release of a limited edition of their shoe “The Donavyn” commemorating the upcoming film Spring Breakers starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco. While at first glance the shoe might seem over the top with its hit pink leather upper and turquoise outsole, there is actually more to […]

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Nike SB Zoom Janoski “Wolf Grey/Gum”

On Monday Nike SB gave us a screen shot of a new April colorway for the incredibly popular Stefan Janoski pro model, this time in Wolf Grey. This version of the  Janoski comes to us in canvas, adding not only to the shoe’s overall style, but its comfort as well. The swoosh on the side is […]

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SPoT x Lance Mountain 20 Year Dunk Low

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Skate Park of Tampa, arguably the best known skate park in all of Skateboarding. SPoT is home to the Tampa Am and Pro, respectively two of skateboarding’s  most respected contests. This year Nike Sb is the main sponsor for the Tampa Pro, so it is only fitting […]

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Supra “The Pistol” x Deathwish edition

Last Monday Supra footwear unveiled their newest team model “The Pistol”. The Pistol is a low top vulcanized shoe, perfect for long days at the skate park or on the streets. The Pistol is a low profile vulc with a one piece toe cap construction that has become popular with Supra as well as the […]

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Axion Footwear Folds

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Axion Footwear is no more. After folding in the late ’90’s Axion Footwear made a surprising comeback in the skateboarding world. Over the past few years Axion reestablished itself as a legitimate brand by both releasing high quality shoes, as well as recruiting a […]

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Nike SB Dunk Mid Pro “Hyper Red”

True to form, Nike SB has hit us with another sneak peak at the upcoming edition of the Dunk Mid, this time coming in the Hyper Red colorway. The sneaker comes to us covered in sued, with a mesh side panel. A white leather swoosh accompanies  the all red upper,with  matching the white mid sole, […]

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Nike SB Janoski Khaki/Hyper Red

Nike SB has released a sneak peak of an upcoming March colorway of the Janoski. This version of the Janoski is offered in all khaki with “hyper red” laces, which match the tongue detail. This shoe offers subtle class with the pop from the red, combining a class and style all in one. Complete with […]

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Vans “Rowley Pro”

Last month Van released the Rowley Pro to skate shops and other finer retailers. While the Rowley may seem like just another skate shoe, it also signified something that resembles a move from brands like Jordan or Nike: its a retro. Well, basically. In a video interview to introduce the shoe Vans pro Geoff Rowley talks about […]

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Supra presents “The Hammer”

Today Supra Footwear proudly presents the latest pro shoe from team rider Jim Greco. This newest offering from Supra Footwear seamlessly blends the simplicity of a casual shoe with skate technology with safety and comfort in mind. Following one of skateboarding’s latest trends, the shoe seamlessly blends the protection offered by a cup sole style […]

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P. Rod 6 February Preview

Over the weekend Nike SB gave us a preview of the upcoming February colorway for the P. Rod 6. The Nike SB twitter describes it as Black, White, Gum Medium Brown, and Medium Grey. From the picture supplied by Nike I don’t really see where the Medium Gum Brown comes in, but overall the shoe […]

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Nike SB Museum

Have you ever found yourself surfing your favorite sneaker sites and looking at a pair of shoes and wondering: Is this price for real? How can I be sure this is the right shoe? Is this release date accurate? Luckily, if you are looking for Nike SB’s, you are in luck. In celebration of Nike […]

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DC Presents The Mike Mo

DC skateboarding has proudly announced their newest shoe “The Mike Mo”, the first pro model for skateboarder Mike Mo Capaldi. This shoe is the perfect combination of style and skate performance. The Mike Mo is part of the Rediscover campaign which DC has been promoting for the better part of last year. The significance of […]

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Nike Dunk Mid Pro “Sport Grey”

Over the weekend Nike SB unveiled a sneak peak of their February colorway for the Mid Dunk Pro. This edition of the timeless sneaker comes drenched in “Sport Grey”, giving the shoe a clean, low key look. This edition if the Dunk Mid is covered in sued, with perforated leather side panels. This edition offers […]

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New Balance Enters Skateboarding

Early in December New Balance announced their entrance into the arena of skateboarding after announcing their partnership with Blackbox Distribution, makers of Zero and Mystery skateboard brands as well as Fallen footwear. The brand will release a skate shoe line entitled “New Balance Numeric”, or NB#, and will feature new shoe and clothing lines designed […]

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Eric Koston 2

Hot on the heels of the Koston 1 and the Heritage, Nike is coming at skaters and sneakerheads alike with the Koston 2. With a one piece construction similar to that of the Koston 1, the Koston 2 is updated with stitching details, resembling a golf shoe. Just like its predecessor, the Koston 2 comes […]

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