From the ground up

Crooked Tongues presents the latest shoes by Adidas Skateboarding for two of their skaters – Dennis Busenitz and Mark Gonzales. Adidas managed to create some really nice sneakers while still keeping them rather simple and just the right accents.
“Repping two team superstars (no smug pun intended), in the shape of speedy Dennis Busenitz and the deeply eccentric Mark Gonzales, Dennis’ signature spin on the Gazelle returns to follow its triumphant red suede debut with another simple variation, this time in black, with a nigh-on translucent gum midsole.

In line with the man behind the makeup, its no surprise that this Gonz Superstar is a little bit more off-the-wall in blue (looking particularly good on the shell), yellow and white with a spot of red contrast stitching, plus a blissful looking shape shifting Shmoo emblazoned on the heel.

Across both shoes, there’s a high score theme, evoking memories of pumping change into Bubble Bobble down the local leisure centre and getting some leaderboard Last Starfighter-esque shine. Until the plug got pulled. From the evocative 4 bit lettering on the upper, to the insole listing and computer generated image of each respective rider beneath the outsole, it’s a fine concept that doesn’t intrude on the appeal of either model. “

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