Last week we spent a few days in Paris with the Supra team as they passed through on their European tour. On the Monday we made our way to the Supra offices to meet up with Jim Greco. I was a little nervous, and somewhat underprepared after stupidly leaving my laptop at the hotel, however Jim was more than accommodating. Hopefully the interview came out ok…
How’s the tour going for you?
The tour is very nice, I’m having a lot of fun. Belgium is a beautiful place, we arrived in Paris last night. We’re staying in a nice hotel, the city is amazing and really fun to skate, you can skate around the city like a spot. We got to skate this fountain with all these ledges yesterday which was great.
When was the last time you were on a trip in Europe?
You’ve got a new shoe coming out, are you designing that from scratch?
We’re working on a couple of different ones, some improvements to my old one and then we’re working on a brand new one. The new one will be like a shoe from my dress shoe collection that we are turning into a skateboard shoe. It’s hard to get it right, a lot of back and forth, mostly with the last and how it fits your foot. With dress shoes it’s all in the last and the shape of the shoe.
“No drugs, and skateboarding about 80% of the week. That does it for me!”
What’s does that mean, the ‘last’?
The last is how it fits on your foot (Jim gestures to a steeze pair of dress shoes he’s rocking) you see this shoe ? It’s very slim in the mid section of the shoe and the toe gets pointier, and also the way it wraps around the bottom, here it has the definite look of a dress shoe.
The Janoski for example is a Sperry Top Sider that they converted into a skateable shoe. They really left the athletic aesthetic of the shoe intact, it’s more like a straight up vulcanized shoe. The same thing with a slip on, in essence it’s a dress loafer, but it’s lasted like an athletic shoe. What I’m doing with my shoe is lasting it more like a dress shoe, but just enough like an athletic shoe so that it can be functional for skateboarding. It won’t have as high a sole as an athletic shoe, but it won’t be as low as a dress shoe either. It just kinda falls in the middle, but in a good way, there’s been a lot of starting over again to make sure we get it correct.
The first time I attempted this was on my third shoe with Vans, about 13 years ago, it didn’t go very well because it was lasted more athletically. I just have to take the risk and say I’m going to last it more as a dress shoe. We’ll see how it goes, I’m waiting for some in my size, so we’ll see.