Shoe Company News October 1999

New Vanspro Alan Petersen has designed his first Vans pro-signature shoe, which will be available for Spring 2000.

In October, Vans will participate in a charity event for the Special Olympics. Visitors to Pier Del Sol, a one-day carnival-style festival, will witness a full-blown Vans demo on the company’s 40-foot-wide vert ramp, complete with team pros and the Vans Pee Weeskate team. Pier Del Sol will take place Sunday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California.

DC Shoe Co.has introduced a line of kids’ shoes to complement its Fall 1999 line of full-scale footwear. The Kids Boxer and Kids Royal resemble the grown-up models, but were designed with features like heel and tongue pull straps and lace loops compatible with kids’ lacing skills. DC’s kids shoes are available in sizes from 10K¿4K. For more information, call DC at: (760) 599-2999.

The Sole Technology/Team BK Put Up Or Shut Upbasketball tournament went down in August with the squad from X-Zibitz taking first place, followed by Split, Active, Sector 9, Slash, and the Sole Technology office team. The tournament was held at Sole’s So Cal headquarters, and featured food, fun, and laughs from the folks who bring you Etnies, éS, and Emerica footwear.

DuFFShas been busy working with pros Matt Mumford, Matt Hensley, and Brian Howard on their new signature shoes, which are set to debut at the February ASR Trade Expo. Filmer Ricki Bedenbaugh, the Matts, Brian, and the rest of the DuFFS team have also been busy finishing Surveillance, the company’s new video, for its release early next year.

DuFFS Performanceteam riders Danny Montoya and Chris Lamberthave been working with Alfonzo Rawlson their shoe designs and on the new Performance video, which are all scheduled for release early next year.

Adidasopened its Summer Skate Serieswith a contest and demo at the Alameda Point Skateparkin August. Hundreds of Bay Area skaters showed up to see a demo by Adidas pros Mark Gonzales, Lance Mountain, Paulo Diaz, Quim Cardona, Jahmal Williams, and Matt Beach, and various best-trick contests featuring local ams. This free extravaganza also included live music, DJs, and other special events, and was designed to support local skaters and the development and refurbishment of community skateparks. Adidas says it’s planning more events like this in different communities. For more information, call Adidas at: (503) 230-2920.

Converse arrived at ASR with some tricks to show. The curious looking Chany He, worn and endorsed by Chany Jeanguenin, was features the “lighter than air” Converse Helium Capsule heel-cushioning system. The El Duque, worn and endorsed by Felix Arguelles, features REACT cushioning technology in both heel and forefoot sections. The Abacus, worn and endorsed by Kenny Anderson, will continue in the line, as will the Chany Pro-1 and the CS Pro-1.