Releasing in spring 2013 is Dennis Busenitz second signature shoe on Adidas, the ADV (advantage). The first model was a massive success, skated a few pairs myself and found them to be a good solid skate shoe. The extra long tongue modelled on vintage football boots was a nice touch, but did detract from the look of the shoe.
This new ADV model is, in my opinion, a far nicer shape than the original, with a touch of the OG Forest Hill on the toe cap. Nice to see the first colourway in black/red/gold mirroring the original Busenitz 1, a great colourway I never picked up first time and regret.
This nollie inward heel from Bryan Herman on his latest Emerica ad is crazy, pops super high and caught clean, not a fan of the shoes though.
As with previous Adidas skateboarding models (think the Busenitz especially) taking design inspiration from the extensive Adidas back catalogue, the new Lucas Puig pro model looks to have drawn heavily from their 80’s tennis shoes, with a few skate friendly alterations.
For the most part, it’s a thin cupsole shoe that’s going to give you a vulcanized feel, with any unnecessary padding removed for more control and board feel. They feel really comfy and ready to skate straight out the box, probably due to the EVA (foam) midsole and sockline insole.
I haven’t had a chance to skate these yet due to the shitty monsoon weather lately, will post up more info once I do. Below colourways due to drop soon, the grey is a definite cop.
I also picked up the board (boards, couldn’t just take 1) released by Cliche to promote Lucas’s first pro shoe on Adidas. Black version I’ll set up, blue can reside on my wall for now.
Of all the recent Vans Syndicate releases, these are my favourites. The Zero Lo has been around since 2010 when I bought the tan colourway pictured, and I’ve always loved the burgandy colourway too and lucked out when the last pair available at flatspot in my size went on sale. I thought they were long gone too as they were pretty limited then..
The Zero Lo is designed by Luke Meier of Supreme and Vans Syndicate, with design cues taken from classic footwear combining dress shoes and boot details on a white vulc sole. Premium suede covers the whole upper section apart from the side reinforcement (ollie patch) and heel tab made from smooth leather. Great packaging too, crisp white box and shoe bags, and come with 3 lace options.
New model from Vans, the ‘Modena’ appears to be the name but nothing confirmed as yet. Nothing ground breaking, very reminiscent of the Emerica Wino or Leo Romero shoe, but I like the brown suede and can see me picking up a pair if they get released.
Great new colourways of one of my favourite (contemporary) skate shoes, the Adidas Dennis Busenitz.