Adidas Adi-Trek History
Back in the day, skate shoes were bulky and ultra-padded, made of leather, and had a very thick tongue with stiff, heavy sole. In the late 1990s, skate shoe brands earned legions of followers as skaters relied more on the direction created by the skating goods labels.
Needless to say, the early versions were in reality inappropriate for skateboarding, since the emphasis during that time was towards a different direction. The focus was made on the cushioned support around the foot instead of dwelling on the boardfeel, a vital aspect in skateboarding.
Those awkwardly heavy skating silhouettes were gradually developed over the years as narrower designs for skate shoes started to come out. Other shoe bands took cues from their archives of trainers, designer sneakers, and soccer cleats in creating skate shoes with functional features.
Adidas benefitted from its global popularity when this shoe label, widely known for its rich heritage in performance soccer cleats, leaped into the world of skateboarding to get a grip of this street sport. The DNA of its early soccer cleats somehow responded to the needs of skaters, since those field shoes relied on the “feel” or the awareness of the surface underneath the shoe. Translating such concept into skateboarding, it’s having that good boardfeel and grip of the skateboard while flipping, turning, and sliding.
Skateboarding, however, isn’t only a sport to enjoy during summer. Skateboarders have found other ways to exhibit their tricks even in enclosed areas during rainy and winter seasons, such as basement parking areas, indoor parks, old buildings with wide spaces.
From chunky skate silhouettes of the olden days, better-looking ones with adequate foot support, boardfeel, and grip features take center stage today. Under the Adidas Skateboarding collection, the mid-top Adidas Adi-Trek fits the category as its vulcanized outsole provides the needed grip while its faux lining and gusseted tongue give that comfort even when gliding on chilly days.