The first skateboards have roots in the surf scene and were made from a thick wood deck and steel wheels. At first, the idea was to reproduce the experience of surfing on concrete and slalom moves and turns were the most common manoeuvres.
Today skateboarding is a global phenomenon that is practised in a variety of styles, like street skating (skateboarding through courses that replicate the urban landscape or directly in the street), half-pipe, bowl, downhill, cruising, dancing and many more. Skateboarding has even become an Olympic sport and debuted at the 2021 games in Tokyo!
For some skaters, slalom skateboarding is more than just weaving between cones. It's about racing down mountain roads at speeds over 70 km/h or even jumping down a set of 20 stairs! That's why the evolution of skateboarding has necessarily led to an evolution in the sport's gear to meet the changing needs of skateboarders. Skate shoes in particular have evolved greatly over the last few years to make the sport easier, more comfortable and safer.