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MADE FOR SKATE

In search of new shoe design ideas, most skateboard footwear companies either turn towards their riders or emulate what the rest of the industry is doing at the moment. Thinking outside the box, early skateboard company Makaha found inspiration in oceanic marine life. For the Mako model, Makaha drew on their surfing roots and built the shoe’s dark blue and white colorways on the Shortfin Mako shark, a warm-water shark native to the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to as far north as the Gulf of Maine. The Mako shoe was a direct follow-up to Makaha’s almost identical Radial model, but with a key difference: While the Radial’s upper section had been constructed from nylon – which was nearly un- breakable but cumbersome – the Mako was one of the first shoes to introduce an entirely suede ’upper’ to satisfy the demand for more board control among the new generation of skaters in the late 1970s. With their metallic blue-gray backs and white-colored bellies, Mako sharks are known for putting up an acrobatic battle when hooked, which makes them the perfect model for a skate shoe. Makaha Mako - A Gray Suede Shark In search of new shoe design ideas, most skateboard footwear companies either turn towards their riders or emulate what the rest of the industry is doing at the moment. Thinking outside the box, early skateboard company Makaha found inspiration in oceanic marine life. For the Mako model, Makaha drew on their surfing roots and built the shoe’s dark blue and white colorways on the Shortfin Mako shark, a warm-water shark native to the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to as far north as the Gulf of Maine. The Mako shoe was a direct follow-up to Makaha’s almost identical Radial model, but with a key difference: While the Radial’s upper section had been constructed from nylon – which was nearly un- breakable but cumbersome – the Mako was one of the first shoes to introduce an entirely suede ’upper’ to satisfy the demand for more board control among the new generation of skaters in the late 1970s. With their metallic blue-gray backs and white-colored bellies, Mako sharks are known for putting up an acrobatic battle when hooked, which makes them the perfect model for a skate shoe.

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