But though the skate industry has exploded over the last 10 years and skateboarding has become cool, and skate labels are good money, the skater ideals still stand. Most skaters are still looking to be counter culture and unique, so they want to visit the small shops and buy something that they can only get there.
And thats Nikes secret. They did it smart this time. You dont find Nike skate shoes in mall chain shops. You dont find them at huge sporting goods stores. Nike only sells their skate shoe line at small skate shops, with the hopes that this will encourage independently minded skaters to buy them. And, so far its working. Shops that carry them report that the demand for the shoes is high. Kyle Reynolds from Cals Pharmacy in Portland, Oregon says the shoes are selling "rediculously well" and that they are being bought by "true skaters" as much as anyone. Mr. Reynolds did say however that Nike might have some way to go yet with the style of thier shoes.
And style is important, but it's also important to get a high quality shoe, and that's just what Nike promises. One way that Nike is attempting to make a better skate shoe is their attention to the way skating can hurt the knees. A lot of young skaters might not think this is too important, but most likely they will think so later. Skating is a harsh sport for the knees, and anything that will keep you skating when youre 30 and keep you walking when youre 50 is a good thing.
But all this aside, the question still remains, are these shoes accepted by skaters now? We would be stupid to assume that everyone who buys Nike skate shoes are hard core skaters. Skate style has become popular, too. Its also been only a year since the Dunk made its re-appearance, so a lot still remains to be seen. It all depends on the same old things price, quality, and the total unpredictability of people.