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MADE FOR SKATE

Skate shoes became more readily available in the 1980s, but the exchange rate for US-dollars remained rather steep in those days. “I would always see people wear Vans in magazines”, Pierre André Senizergues said. “But they were $100 a pair for us, which was a lot of money, so we really had to make them last with a lot of trial and error, super glue and duct tape.” To support the scene, French shoe makers Phoenix Palladium provided a low budget skate shoe with their “Trial America” model that looked like – guess what?! – a red-white-and- blue colored Chuck Taylor with fancy laces. Things changed when the big skate boom of the 80s hit Europe and stores and distributors made skate shoes available to the masses. But all the early skaters still remember a time in Europe when getting your kicks meant search- ing high and low for shoes you could skate. 87

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