Long before a professional skateboarder endorsed a signature shoe, Vans released the first skateboard-specific shoe designed with input from two of the day’s leading pros.

Which two riders put their touches on the Vans #95, now known as the Era model, in 1975?
Stacy Peralta and Jay Adams
Stacy Peralta and Alan Gelfand
Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta
Tony Alva and Jay Adams

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Shortly before the first signature skate shoe released in late 1989, one famous Airwalk team rider turned down the opportunity to endorse the model shown here as his signature shoe. Who was the skater ?
Claus Grabke
Mike Vallely
Mike McGill
Tony Hawk

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Natas Kaupas endorsed what is believed to be the first signature skateboarding shoe, the Natas Pro for Etnies in 1989. He was also involved in numerous skateboarding, apparel and footwear brands. But which of these four does NOT bear Natas’ creative fingerprint?
101 Skateboards
Limpies
Fuct
Vita Shoes

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Two time’s the charm. Who endorsed the Senix model, the second signature skate shoe released by etnies?
Don Brown
Rodney Mullen
Pierre-André Senizergues
YoYo Schulz

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, the oldest signature shoes in sports, proved a popular choice among vert skaters in the 1980s. But who is the only one among these vert pros to be officially sponsored by the brand at that time?
Tony Hawk
Jeff Grosso
Jason Jessee
Christian Hosoi

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What was the deal with this pro shoe created for Dog Town legend Tony Alva?
It’s a prototype for T.A.’s company, Alva Skates, that never went into production.
It’s a special Made For Skate shoe released with Vans for the book’s 10th anniversary.
It’s a Converse shoe released in partnership with Alva Skates.
It’s a bootleg shoe made by a Brazilian brand operating under the Alva name in the late Eighties.

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Steve Caballero is at the helm of the longest-running signature shoe franchise in skateboarding with his Vans Caballero Pro line started in 1989. Outside of skateboarding, ‘Cab’ channels his creative energy into a broad array of pursuits. But which of the following is not true about Steve Caballero?
Endorses his own signature toys for Hot Wheels.
Plays bass in punk band The Faction.
Used to publish his own skate zines covering the NorCal vert scene.
Channeled his fandom for Bruce Lee into a mixed martial arts fighting career on San Diego’s bareknuckle circuit.

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Which skateboard shoe designer created hit shoes like the Vans Salman Agah, Airwalk NTS and Vans Mike Carroll (pictured here)?
James Arizumi
Tinker Hatfield
Walter Telford
Brian Reid

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Let's see if you're a skater: The Vans Half Cab became a hit among street skaters in the early 1990s – and remains one of the most popular shoes on the market.

In terms of riding technique, what is the correct nomenclature to describe a Half Cab maneuver?
Switch Nollie 180
Fakie 180 ollie
Opposite footed 180
Nollie 180

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Which 1990s street skater took the number 23 and made it his calling card on a signature shoe?
Jason Dill
Sean Sheffey
Sal Barbier
Kareem Campbell

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Who among these four pro skaters did NOT endorse a signature shoe on 1990s brand DuFFS?
Kris Markovich
Kareem Campbell
Matt Hensley
Ed Templeton

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Game changer: The Eric Koston 1 by éS Footwear broke new ground in skateboard shoe design and every new iteration in the series upped the ante. How many pro models did Eric Koston release during his tenure at éS Footwear?
5
6
7
8

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The DC Shoe Company established pro model skate shoes as a major trend in mid-1990s skateboarding. Who were the four pros on the original DC Shoes team?
Danny Way, Colin McKay, Keith Hufnagel and Carl Shipman
Danny Way, Colin McKay, Rudy Johnson and Rob Dyrdek
Danny Way, Colin McKay, Rudy Johnson and Keith Hufnagel
Danny Way, Colin McKay, Rob Dyrdek and Scott Johnson

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The Chad Muska Pro shoe by éS Footwear introduced which design feature into skateboard shoe designs?
Air pocket
Lace saver
Secret Stash Pocket
Gel Midsole

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Let’s lay the controversy to rest once and for all: Who designed the best-selling late 1990s tech shoe known as the OSIRIS D3?
Dave Mayhew
A$AP Rocky
Brian Reid
Chad Muska

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Mark Gonzales has been a member of the adidas pro skate team since the mid-1990s. When he submitted creative input for his first-ever pro model shoe with the Three Stripes, he requested an ingredient that was too crazy for adidas management. What was it?
Crocodile leather
Wood inserts
Titanium heel protector
Helium air pockets

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Which female pro skateboarder endorsed the first women’s signature skateboarding shoe?
Elissa Steamer
Lori Rigsby
Cara-Beth Burnside
Jamie Reyes

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Who are the only two pro skateboarders to have been sponsored by all three Sole Technology brands – etnies, Emerica, and éS Footwear?
Ronnie Craeger and Arto Saari
Kerry Getz and Arto Saari
Arto Saari and Andrew Reynolds
Kerry Getz and Heath Kirchart

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Geoff Rowley from Liverpool ushered in the renaissance of vulcanized shoes in skate footwear with his influential 1999 pro model for Vans. Previous to Vans, Rowley endorsed a pro shoe for which brand?
Friends and family only: The limited edition Vans Rowley pro in a yellow colorway released for the 10th anniversary of Made For Skate in a run of only 30 pairs.
Genetic
Airwalk
Simple Shoes
Hook-Ups Shoes

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Founded in 1999, what was the name of the influential skate footwear brand that barged onto the scene with pro model shoes for Jamie Thomas and Chad Muska?
Adio Footwear
Vita Shoes
SUPRA
C1RCA

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In 2001, DC Shoes released The Solution model. The futuristic shoe was special for what reason?
It featured entirely lace-less enclosure
It was a collab pro model endorsed by Danny Way and Colin McKay
It was Danny Way’s 10th pro model shoe on DC
Trick question! All of the above!

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Good things come to those who wait. Sir Tom Penny is one of the most influential street skateboarders of all time, but in what year did he finally receive a well-deserved pro model shoe from éS Footwear?
1999
2000
2002
2003

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According to legend, pro skateboarder Mike Carroll named Lakai, the shoe company he co-founded with Rick Howard. What was the inspiration for the name?
A skate spot on the Hawaiian Islands
The character Malachi from the novel 'Children of the Corn'
German dark wave band Deine Lakaien
The name of an unpublished concept album by Lady Gaga

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This is a prototype for a Made for Skate x Element Skateboards collab shoe that was never released. Do you know which pro endorsed the original Element shoe?
Mark Appleyard
Mike Vallely
Chad Muska
Bam Margera

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The DC Shoe Co’s Stevie Williams model is regarded as an all-time classic. Which pro skateboarder-turned shoe designer was responsible for designing the shoe?
Chad Muska
Alphonzo Rawls
Josh Kalis
Brian Reid

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In 2009, Dylan Rieder changed pro skateboard footwear forever with a skateable slip-on shoe – backed by a historic video part – for Gravis Skate IV. The shoe was re-released recently in memory of Dylan by which brand?
Vans
SUPREME
HUF
Gravis Japan

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A pro shoe for Nike is a rare honor. Who made history as the first pro skateboarder to endorse a shoe with the Swoosh?
Eric Koston
Gino Iannucci
Paul Rodriguez
Brian Anderson

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Started in 2013, the New Balance Numeric brand develops advanced skate shoes according to the philosophy 'Fearlessly technical'. The naming scheme of NB Numeric follows its mother brand and consists of numbers. Which skateboarder endorses the New Balance 913 model?
Jamie Foy
Franky Villani
Brandon Westgate
PJ Ladd

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In 2018, Nyjah Huston released his first pro model shoe on Nike SB. But the winningest street skater in history had previously already endorsed a signature shoe for which brand?
éS Footwear
I-Path
DC Shoe Co
Element Shoes

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Co-founded by pro skateboarder Chad Muska, SUPRA remains one of the most treasured skate footwear brands of the 2000s. Which pro did NOT endorse a signature pro model in the brand’s current 2019/2020 collection?
Taking it higher: The SUPRA Skytop model designed by pro skateboarder Chad Muska, customized by its creator.
Lizard King
Tom Penny
Chad Muska
Andrew Reynolds

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All images copyright by Made For Skate and Cap10 Photography, except: Image #12 & #18 by éS Footwear. Image #2 by Walter Telford. Image #28 by NB Numeric. And images #3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 30 by Dirk Vogel.

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