On a latest morning at his retailer in Manhattan’s Chinatown, 18 East designer and newbie skateboarding scholar Antonio Ciongoli sat earlier than a pair of DC Rick Howard 1s, his favourite skate sneakers of all time.
Some weekends, Ciongoli spends hours scouring eBay for previous DC professional fashions like Howards, Rudy Johnsons, and Rob Dyrdeks, buying solely to put on them in entrance of a really small viewers, skating round his house in Asbury Park, NJ. The Howards, particularly, are his grails for a couple of causes. They exemplify peak late-’90s DC aesthetics—DC Shoe Co. being the principle model that signaled a break from skateboarding’s old style and ushered in a brand new, technical, athletics-inspired period of recent skate-shoe design. The truth that they have been well-liked with the sickest skaters (Fred Gall, Spencer Fujimoto, Howard himself) does not harm. Ciongoli owned a number of pairs once they got here