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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press (30 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584233974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584233978
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. swaby on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great book, ideal gift for anyone who has ever skated or worn a pair of Vans .
I saw this book at twice the price in a museum and nearly bought it before thinking I must check on line first.
Highly recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam James Weir on 29 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Really well put together look at the world of skate shoes. Great images and usefully arranged in chronological order. I recommend for fans of skate and or sneaker freaks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An absolute must-have for every skater! 12 Mar. 2009
By Alexander Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book Made 4 Skate is an absolute must-have for every skater. It systematically breaks down the history of skateboard shoes and takes the reader to a ride from the roots of skateboarding in the early 1950s when it was still just "the little brother of surfing" up to the eighties, nineties and the "new century" when skating became a popular kind of sports. Furthermore, it takes a very fascinating look into the future and shows how new technologies are tested to optimize the grip and "skatability" of sneakers.

Who can't remember his or her first skating shoes? They are a very important aspect of our sport because they "form the most crucial interface between skaters and their boards", as author Dirk Vogel writes. On 400 pages, "Made 4 Skate" offers a detailed and impressive view on the development of skateboard sneakers - on how companies such as Nike, Vans, Etnies or Converse got into producing special shoes "for skateboard use only", and how they created new designs to match the needs of cracks like Tony Hawk or Paul Rodriguez. Just like many others, these two skaters also lend their stories and commentaries throughout the book.

The design of the pages is made with love for the detail. Pics of frazzled, patched and all-over "used" Chuck's remind every skater of his or her first own skating experiences. These pics are supplemented by very interesting, short and informative paragraphs about the technical design, the art or materials of skateboard shoes. Moreover, the book offers many details about the history of skating, about the experiences of skaters, about the different eras and many more. It deals with short stories about pro surfers like Joey Cabell, who used the little skateboards to fine-tune his balance or a 15-year-old teenager from Florida, named "Ollie" Gelfand, whose popular move in the late 1970s coined a whole era.

This book "Made 4 Skate" is definitely a good read because it underlines the incomparable and unique character of our sport. It is like a printed museum of the history of skating with a special focus on the things that come next to our boards - the shoes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Skate Coffee Table Book 18 April 2011
By Miles Shepard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For skaters who've reached an older age where their coffee table might actually be used for coffee, this book is a great addition. My skate friends love to look through it and remember the shoes and times surrounding the evolution of skate shoes and skateboarding in general.
Not comprehensive, but a good selection of shoes that are either representative of an era or time, or stand out for their crazy design- every one is worth a look.
Great binding, great cover material, and a lot of fun. Worth the price for those who shred.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Naked feet are a crime 25 Mar. 2009
By Massimiliano Mameli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I almost cried. More than 15 years of my life were there without me knowing it. Airwalk era was there. Etnics turned into Etnies at that time. I worked in a skateshop at the time and I was selling those shoes.
That's the ultimate resource for skate kicks.
Definitive book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
made for real skateboarders 2 Jun. 2013
By matt mesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you grew up skateboarding and love the history of skate shoes this book is a must buy for a real wood pusher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great as a gift for your skateboarder. 8 July 2014
By Kdaanggg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Boyfriend loved this! He was so excited to see all of the shoes he used to wear. Definitely a great buy for someone who love skateboarding and the footwear. Great photos and great history.
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