What brands do skaters wear?
Skateboarders mostly wear clothing produced by skateboarding brands, due to the fit and style of the clothes making them more suitable for skateboarding. Often opting for a more baggy fit for ease of movement and higher quality, or thicker materials for durability, skateboarding clothing tends to differ from the norm slightly.
When it comes to footwear, skaters also almost exclusively wear shoes specifically designed for skateboarding, due to their boardfeel, durability and impact absorbing qualities, hence why brands such as Vans and Nike SB are such key figures within the world of skateboarding.
Here’s a rundown of some of skateboarding's notable brands, including Nike SB, Thrasher, Santa Cruz & more!
One of the oldest skateboard brands still around, Santa Cruz are a staple of the industry. Their range of t-shirts, hoodies and accessories are currently more popular than ever, thanks to their iconic screaming hand and dot logos which are both recognized the world over.
A popular favourite with skateboarders and surfers alike, they also produce a wide range of skateboard decks and cruisers, cementing their place as an authentic brand, true to skateboardings core!
Although Thrasher Magazine is a relatively old publication, their entrance to the fashion world has come about only in the last few years. Breaking onto the scene with their iconic chest print logo design, the brand has moved from strength to strength, collaborating with other iconic skate brands in the process to create some sick collections.
As skateboarding's biggest and favourite magazine, they’re sure to retain their place as one of the most popular skate brands for years to come!
Universally recognized and loved, Vans are at the very forefront of skateboarding fashion. Born in California around the same time as skateboarding and adopted by the early pioneers of the sport thanks to their grippy waffle sole, Vans have been influential in shaping skateboarding into what it is today.
Nowadays, Vans Old Skool, Slip-Ons, Authentics & Era ranges are extremely popular with people from all walks of life due to their easy, casual style and unrivalled comfort. Their clothing range is also top quality and is one of our bestselling brands, year-after-year!
Founded in 1992, Element are another massive contender in the skateboarding world. Their team has been home to some of skateboarding’s biggest names over the years, including Jackass’s Bam Margera and more recently Nyjah Huston.
Element are originally a board company, however make a range of skateboarding hardware, clothing & accessories. Their clothing lines are popular with all ages of skater and they are well known for their t-shirts, jackets & coats, often sporting their Water, Wind, Fire, Earth logo!
Founded by the late professional skateboarder Keith Hufnagel, HUF is a brand that oozes original skateboarding style. “Made by skateboarders, for skateboarders” is their ethos, however HUF identify themselves as a brand that resonate with any individual who deems themselves to be part of a counter-culture.
Often associated with their Plantlife sock range which brought them widespread success in recent years, HUF clothing is known for its impressive craftsmanship, unique designs and frequent collaborations. As HUF is a brand that is right at the core of skateboarding, it is most often worn by serious skaters!
As one of the biggest brand names in the world, Nike has the resources to innovate skateboarding footwear & fashion and that is exactly what they’re doing. Constantly incorporating new technology into their designs and bringing in fashion tech from other sports wear, Nike are bringing a modern edge to skate wear.
Nike SB’s Stefan Janoski, P-Rod, Koston and the iconic Dunk footwear models are all examples of both their history and innovation within skateboarding. Their clothing range focuses on a range of t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, chinos and caps, incorporating classic skate styling that keeps up with the rugged nature of skateboarding.
Predominantly a hardware company, Independents clothing range has gained traction thanks to the company values and quality components it has consistently put out. Something of a skate purist brand, Independent make hard-wearing, no-nonsense trucks that are guaranteed for life. With that amount of faith in their hardware, it’s easy to see why their clothing is equally as popular.
Often keeping it true to their core, Independent clothing mostly features either their cross or bar logo as a chest or back print, with a different kind of spin on it each season. Having collaborated with other legend-status skate brands over the years such as Baker or Supreme, you know that Independent are a real die-hard skateboard brand!
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