The only ‘model’ I can imagine here is that he’s planning on buying bulk unsold previous-season shoes for cheap and selling them for more. If this isn’t it, I’d love to know what it is.
I think 18 months is incredibly optimistic. I can’t think of one sort of person who would find value in this, unless you can narrow the shoes right down to brands/colours.
They don’t know what they’re talking about, some skate shops have trouble getting Thrasher in every month, yet they are going to be giving out a £5 magazine with every order, from their profits, dream land.
They’re probably going to have to tread carefully there, in case it looks like Thrasher are in any way even remotely involved. It’s quite a valuable trademark in skateboarding, that.
Having someone send me a new pair of shoes every month that I haven’t chosen myself and haven’t tried on, that I have to send back if I don’t like, and that I have to pay for on subscription, sounds like a living hell.
Not unless you want to lose a fuck-ton of money you’re not.
Don’t mean to sound harsh but do you skate? If so you’d know skaters are incredibly picky about - and loyal to - every element of the gear they use in terms of brands and specs.
This applies to decks, shoes, trucks etc. Nobody’s looking for an uninitiated introduction to a shoe brand or model they wouldn’t have actively chosen for themselves.
From a skater-owned shop that already exists.
That they can order from when they need to.
As opposed to on an arbitrary pre-scheduled basis.
I guess this could work if it wasn’t a random pair of shoes. Say you could chose you get a pair of your favourite shoes once a month for 6 or 12 months, and by signing up it worked out cheaper than if you bought a pair each month individually. 6 for the price of 5 sort of thing.
I could maybe see that working for people who skate a lot. Sort of like that scheme primitive did where you got a board and some clothing each month.
Fuck deciding what you’re wearing in six or twelve months though. There’s good new shit all the time nowadays.
Literally everything is wrong with this whole idea.
Yer if you buy a lot of shoes this seems like one of the worst ideas Iv ever heard
It is. And I imagine if you only buy shoes when you need them(?!) this is also unappealing.
Someone at work today told me they wear one pair of shoes a year. (Outside specialist shoes like walking boots). Blew my fucking mind.
I know what I’m gunna pick up, Adi, Nike, Last Resort, maybe NB / Cons, and I guarantee I won’t be getting any of those in my subscription box.
Lock this shit up boys. Haha.
You’ll get a nice load of Fallen and Osiris, though
Don’t dismiss Osiris 2 page ad in The Skateboarders Companion. Making power moves!
Not being funny but last year I did this. No one gives a fuck what you wear at work, fashion isn’t really relevant here, so wore same shoes every day all year. And that’s from someone that at times was buying 3-4 pairs a month
Don’t you get sick of seeing them? I’ve got about a dozen pairs I rotate as slippers; I don’t want to see the same shit down there every day and there’s clothes you can and can’t wear with certain shoes too. Although if you have to dress smart for work I guess that maybe doesn’t matter.
I don’t want to talk badly of anyone, but after I did the Osiris Big Push in 2012 I was fortunate enough to get shoes from them for a while after with no strings attached.
I only ever asked for Caswell and Duffel’s pro shoes, and once went through either 8 or 10 pairs in the space of a few weeks. I felt awful sharing pictures of the soles falling apart, but the quality was seriously shit.
Actually as it was snowing and icy all the time I was basically limited to one pair of boots that had decent soles and were warm enough to task. After a while it’s whatever. No decisions in the morning what to wear. Even if you don’t match up or colour coordinate. Didn’t give a fuck. Felt like what normal people experience that don’t have 100+ pairs of shoes to choose from. Liberating, you might say.
But am now back to ‘but the accents on these huaraches don’t match the colours on my hat’