Shoe Box

So Cal legends Vans shoes and Social Distortion are working together on limited-edition Old Skools and Sk8-Hi’s exclusively available on vans.com. This is the latest addition to the Vans Web Exclusive Series. Vans worked closely with Social D on designing Old Skools and Sk8-Hi’s to the band members’ specifications. Both shoes feature the Skelly logo along with a Social Distortion tongue label.

Just in time for the NBA playoffs, what better way to collect gambling money than in a pair of Etnies’ limited-edition MC Raps. Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Dallas are all represented in exclusive colorways. Get ’em while they’re in shops, or get stuck paying top dollar on eBay.

Zoo Shoes

The Big Apple’s most prominent skate brand, Zoo York, will make its venture into the footwear market when it releases its shoe line for the Fall 2003 season. Company Cofounder and Designer Eli Morgan Gesner says, “When we first considered doing footwear, we were all like, ‘Man, what are we gonna do, another skateboard sneaker?’ I mean, as far as that goes what really hasn’t been done?” he says. “So we just ended up making sneakers that we liked, ’cause you know, we’re just gonna skate in them anyways.”

Cofounder Adam Schatz adds, “Zoo York sneakers have a casual rather than technical approach and will have a distinct lifestyle appeal across action-sport genres.”

Other Shoe News

Ali Boulala is carefully working on his new pro-model shoe with Osiris. It will be available to the public sometime next season.

Alphanumeric will soon be making the global debut of Alphanumeric footwear. Stay tuned.

Over at DC Shoes, Betsy Romero has been promoted to national sales director of U.S. business. Todd Millspaugh has been promoted to eastern regional sales manager, and Phil Kennedy has been promoted to western regional sales manager.

Dan Rogers has joined Vans as the new skate-team manager. Jeff Davis has also joined Vans as the new ‘core sales director. Jeff comes to Vans from Sole Technology.