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JOHN SHANAHAN Q&A
I took most of my inspiration directly from DC Shoes. My goal was to create a shoe that fits the late 90s/early 2000s DC aesthetic but was also entirely new. I studied some of my favorite DC models, such as the Howard 2, the LYNX, the Legacy, and a few others. I wanted to try to incorporate some of my favorite features from those models while adding my own flair to them. The main focus was style and performance. I really wanted to make something that would stand the test of time and still be wearable/skateable in 20+ years.
One of the most important things I kept in mind was the padding. I wanted to create the perfect in-between of “puffiness” in a skate shoe, not too bulky but not too slim. They are well-padded and very comfortable while still being able to feel your board. Another specific feature would be the Gillie Lacing System. The laces are pretty much untouchable from your grip tape, so ripping them should never be a problem. There is mesh throughout the shoe and an inside vent to keep them cool and breathable. We added a removable strap for extra support if needed, or just keep them open for style points.
This shoe feels different because of its unique “in-between” state. It’s a bit puffy without being too bulky. It has technical features but also has a simple design. It looks like a vintage skate shoe but is a brand-new design. It’s kind of an ATV of a skate shoe.
It also has a lot of subtle yet personal touches, such as the JS logo on the tongue pull and heel pull, the signature footbed, the strap clip is an “S” shape, and the transparent jewel DC logo is italicized.
One of my favorite details on the shoe is the removable strap. The strap can really change the way the shoe feels and looks. You can make it tight for extra support or have it loose for a more relaxed feel. It is also nice that it is optional and you can remove it completely. The piece that the strap clips into is molded into an “S” shape. It’s an interesting detail that is very subtle. It’s the little things like that which make the shoe feel more personal to me.
The materials will vary from colorway to colorway but every pair I’ve skated so far have been extremely durable. I usually don’t skate shoes for very long but these last forever and feel great broken in. We made sure the stitching around the toe cap was far back enough so that it wouldn’t rip where you flick off from the toe. I think that is a vital part of building a skate shoe. If the stitching hits where you flick/Ollie the shoe will fall apart way faster.