With a professional career spanning 30 years, Paul “Skin” Phillips stands as one of skateboarding’s most iconic and preeminent photographers—capturing some of the most important people, places and events in skateboarding history through his lens. You may not (but should) instantly recognise the name, however I can guarantee every skateboarder, or fan of skating, will be familiar with his work.
Celebrating 3 decades of brilliant work, enthusiasm and commitment, adidas Skateboarding have worked closely with Skin Phillips to create a special commemorative shoe, as part of the Respect Your Roots tribute series. The series pays homage to seminal skate icons for contributions renowned for progressing the culture. Releasing a skate shoe is an accolade very few non-skaters achieve and it’s pleasing to see adidas Skateboarding select Skin Phillips; not only a huge talent but also someone who has played a big influence in my life.
The shoe in question is The Skate, originally released in 1978; a year after the first adidas Skate shoe was released and also when Gonz first signed to the team. The re-imagined shoe has a full grain leather upper and premium sueded accents with a Skin Phillips woven label. See the shoes in the images below and for detailed product shots click here. The shoes were released in conjunction with a very special exhibition of Skin’s photographs from over the years.
Make sure you watch the great video above to see Skin’s story of how photography took him from Swansea to California where he worked his way to becoming head honcho at Transworld and is currently team manager of adidas Skateboarding. A true legend with no signs of stopping soon.