Product Of The Month & Editors’ Picks

From our November 2011 issue:
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
KA-ONE
BY CONVERSE
$60
converseskateboarding.com
Words by Ben Kelly

You ever get a chance to finally meet your favorite pro, and he turns out to be a total dick? Yeah, we know, it sucks. It's like getting food poisoning at your favorite food spot. Or buying a new car and having it break down on the drive home. Or more like hooking up with the hottest girl you've ever seen, only to be scratching uncontrollably at a red bumpy rash-you know where-a few days later. Pro dickdom is not something we condone. But on the flip side, there are those pros out there that can be so cool, so appreciative, and so-not-a-dick, that when you meet them they somehow instantly become your favorite (and if they were already your favorite, then that's a straight catapult into legend status).

skb1111_pom01So, what does this to-be-or-not-be-a-dick lesson have to do with the Converse KA-One? We're happy to inform you that Kenny Anderson has always been a pro of the so-not-a-dick sort. Honestly, he's one of the raddest pros you'll ever encounter. And we love it when our favorite pros aren't dicks-for starters-but also put their signature on great product. And Kenny's first pro model shoe, since being reunited with the brand, is-like "the perfect man," himself-nothing less than legendary.

Soccer Inspired

Soccer inspired, but made for skating, the KA-One comes equipped with Kenny's vision of the perfect toe: "I've always liked that soccer-style shoe and that kinda cup sole. It's probably the only cup I can really skate in."

Keep It Classic

"Converse has always made classic shoes and you don't want to steer away from that," Kenny said. That explains the simple but classic design.

WHAT WE LIKE

EDITORS' PICKS

This is called What We Like, so an editors' pick edition might seem a little redundant. But this is the stuff you'll see us repping on the daily. Just like you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, you can tell about by his board, trucks, socks, shades, and jacket, too.

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1. RFI Reese Forbes

By Quiksilver

Picked by Blair Alley

"Timeless style just like Reese. Red leather!"

quiksilver.com

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2. Era Pro Classics

By Vans

Picked by Ben Kelly

"Possible my favorite classic of all time."

vans.com

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3. Lance Mountain Jacket

By Nike SB

Picked by Skin Phillips

"Plaid Harrington jacket with a sweet turquoise paisley. Classic."

nikeskateboarding.com

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4. Reserve

By Stance Socks

Picked by Joey Shigeo

"I love this shit."

stance.com

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5. Jon Allie Robot

By $lave

Picked by Joey Shigeo

"Seu Trinh's new favorite board company."

worldwideslave.com

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6. Kenny Hoyle State Of Mind

By Expedition One

Picked by Ben Kelly

"The best wood, and an amazing illustrated series."

expedition-one.com

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7. Ben Gore

By Stereo

Picked by Kevin Duffel

"Awesome graphic. Awesome skater. Well deserved."

stereosoundagency.com

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8. Cairo Foster Pregnant

By enjoi

Picked by Kevin Duffel

"Too true. You'll understand when you're older."

enjoico.com

WHAT ELSE WE LIKE

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BART SIMPSON'S SETUP

Have you seen this Santa Cruz x Simpson's collabo series? All legal, all genius. Time for a Bart My Ride on the site.

santacruzskateboards.com

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SHWEET SHWOOD

These classic Wayfarer styling with the luxuriousness of real hardwoods make these shades light, comfy, and good looking.

shwoodshop.com

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MALTO 2

"I wanted to do a cupsole, but with the still clean and classic look of a vulcanized," says Malto about his new etnies pro model. We're backing.

etnies.com