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Interview with Briana King

Interview with Briana King

September 04, 2020

Briana King is a talented American skateboarder, model, and actress. She runs popular skate meetups in different cities around the world. We find out more about who inspires her, her favourite place to skate in New York, and more.
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New release: Nike SB Blazer Mid ISO

September 04, 2020

A smart monochromatic number has arrived, the Nike SB Blazer Mid ISO. These blazers are made from premium black leather, and feature a Swooch in dark charcoal grey.
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Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Laser Orange QS

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro 'Laser Orange'

September 03, 2020 3 Comments

We wanted to do something a little different for the release of the Nike SB “Laser” Dunk Pro Skate Shoes. Dunk’s have been near impossible to buy due to unreal demand and we wanted to keep it legit and give skateboarders a fair chance of copping a pair. Read on to find out what we’ve got planned. 🔥
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Amber Cylde's skateboarding school/crew giving girls the confidence to get into skateboarding

July 29, 2020

Amber Clyde, founder of Girls Skate NZ chats to Empire Skate how she got into skateboarding; the growing female skate scene; and her Auckland skateboarding classes/crew for girls and women.
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Nike SB Nyjah Free 2

Nike SB Nyjah Free 2

July 08, 2020

One of our most popular shoes of 2019 was the Nike SB Nyjah. Nike and the legendary pro skater Nyjah Houston have re-visited the popular shoe, make clever modifications for the new model, Nyjah II. They have kept the innovative zero break-in auxetic outsole and modifying the 360 grip with mesh panels for increased breathability.
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Nike SB Dunk Low 'Blue Fury'

Nike SB Dunk Low 'Blue Fury'

July 07, 2020

Nike SB has a new Dunk Low named 'Blue Fury' (also known as "Blues Clues" after the Nickelodeon cartoon character). It's an eye-catching, bright colourway with a vivid 'Fury Blue' featured on the upper, in a layered combination of nubuck, suede, and mesh.
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tyshawn Jones x FA

Adidas Tyshawn Jones X Fucking Awesome

June 22, 2020

Tyshawn Jones has released a new collaboration of his signature Adidas shoes and cult skate and streetwear label Fucking Awesome.
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Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Muslin

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Muslin

June 22, 2020

Nike SB's Dunk Low silhouette has had a surge of popularity recently. It's latest release has a warm rust and neutrals 'Muslin' colourway.
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Powell-Peralta: The highs and lows of the legendary skateboard brand

April 09, 2020

Skate culture is a dominant part of pop culture today, with big brands such as Adidas, Nike, Supreme and others constantly elevating and marketing skateboarding. It's a far different scene to modern skateboarding in the 1970s.

The legendary American skateboarding brand Powell Peralta formed in 1978, in the early days of modern skateboarding, and is still producing innovative skateboards, wheels, clothing, and accessories today. It was formed between engineer George Powell and professionally skateboarder Stacy Peralta.

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Stüssy: The independent streetwear label's popularity and success

April 07, 2020

Shawn Stüssy began creating surfboards in California, 1980, that combined gestural shapes in a playful graphic style. He referenced and drew inspiration from reggae, punk and new wave music. Each board marked with his now-iconic signature with a broad-tipped black marker. The graffiti-style on the signature Stüssy brand logo was a homage to his creative uncle, the abstract painter Jan Frederick Stüssy.
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Vans: Success from sticking to the key classic styles

April 06, 2020

Vans has become a staple of American footwear, a brand on the same level as much older brands such as Converse (which is twice as old) and larger brands such as Nike (which is almost ten times as large). It's a brand that has had its ups and downs, including filing for bankruptcy protection, but found it's brand strength in authenticity.
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Louie Lopez's signature pro Converse CONS shoe

April 03, 2020

Professional American skater Louie Lopez developed his signature shoe with Converse last year and has proved to be a popular choice amongst skateboarders worldwide.
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