Let’s face it – some styles never fade, and that definitely seems to be the case with minimalist skate shoes. First made famous in the early ‘70s for their sticky sole and simple look, vintage skate shoes like the Vans Authentic are now hotter than ever before.

While these slim, vulcanized styles gave skaters of the ’70s and ’80s more grip and board feel at that time, they also gave way to breaks and bruises. This eventually resulted in the trend toward more technical skate shoes with puffy tongues, padded sidewalls and midsole cushioning, giving skaters more protection.

So why the trend back toward minimalist skate shoes? By going back to the beginning – a time when breaks and bruises served as a skater’s war wounds – are skaters seeking more authenticity or are today’s skaters just gluttons for punishment? What’s your take?

Vans Classic Slip-On

Vans Authentic