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Exhibitions Althoughtheyformthemostcrucialinterfacebetweenskatersandtheirboards,skateboardshoeshaveuntilnowreceivedlittletonofocus. MADE FOR SKATE changes that. It tells the story of the shoes developed and worn throughout the many peaks and valleys of skateboarding’s colorful fifty-year history. With over 1,000 photographs of shoes and shoe graphics, a behind-the-scenes story emerges wonderfully illus- trating the evolution of skateboard culture. Much has been written about riding technique, improvements in skateboard hardware and their graphics and art. MADE FOR SKATE puts the spotlight on all aspects of the shoe. It is a story about design, about engineering, and above all about fashion and the cultural influence of the street. From the first skateboard-specific shoe, the Randy 720°s, released in 1965, MADE FOR SKATE - The Illustrated History of Skateboard Footwear traces the evolution of skateboard footwear all the way to the modern-day, state-of-the-art shoe design propelling skateboarding into the future.Thebookbringsclassicshoesbacktolifeinfull-pagelargeformatstudioimagestakenbyprofessionalphotographers,andfeatures the historic ads and brand merchandising that accompanied their launch. This is the story of skateboard footwear seen through the eyes of those who lived it, with first-hand accounts and commentaries by leading skateboarderspastandpresent.StacyPeralta,LanceMountain,TonyHawk,RodneyMullen,SteveCaballero,NatasKaupas,PierreAndréSenizergues, Don Brown, Claus Grabke, Paul Rodriguez, Chad Muska, Mike Vallely, Adrian Lopez, Mark Gonzales, Tim Gavin, Ed Templeton, ARTO SAARI and many others contribute their thoughts, along with leading shoe designers and artists, including James Arizumi, Jeremy Fish, Andy Howell and Todd Bratrud. MADE FOR SKATE is published and produced by FauxAmi and the Skateboard Museum of Stuttgart, Germany. The museum’s extensive collection of skateboard memorabilia forms the backbone of this book, supplemented by hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind shoes from almost five decades of skateboard history, donated by collectors and professional skateboarders from around the globe.