Los Angeles' Sneaker Rise in Skateboarding Culture | Sole Origins


Professional skateboarders, Eric Koston and Paul Rodriguez breakdown the history of skate and sneaker culture. Plus, find out how iconic street wear brands including Diamonds, Undefeated and Hundreds make their mark in the footwear industry.
Sole Origins is Complex's newest docu-series that will uncover the untold stories of the most elusive sneakers from NYC, Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles. Interviews with Joe La Puma, Clark Kent, Ugly Mely, Hirofumi Kojima and Eric Koston.
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  • The Xardas

    The Xardas

    Il y a mois

    I didn't know diamond dunks named after someone. Colors and details on the shoe are amazing. I might buy high it is priced more or less reasonable especially comparing to original low over 1k price. Probably only color I can see myself wearing as far as Jordan 1 goes.

  • Goyard Graveyard

    Goyard Graveyard

    Il y a mois

    13:47 can somebody ID the shoes the man on the left is wearing? They look like opals

  • Mason F

    Mason F

    Il y a mois

    more of these types of episodes please!!

  • Sam Bishop

    Sam Bishop

    Il y a 2 mois

    This series is fr something different. Love it

  • b. chiu

    b. chiu

    Il y a 2 mois


  • milkbunnies


    Il y a 2 mois

    Fuck off the sneaker culture started with Nike SB....there's a whole generation or two before you mofo's who were rocking fresh shit.

  • Randy Marsh

    Randy Marsh

    Il y a 2 mois

    Obviously paid for by Nike

  • Pe Fu

    Pe Fu

    Il y a 2 mois

    the vids are cool but the music sucks. you should have some cool music from that era playing ;) i feel like im watching interstellar or some shit.

  • Jake Prusher

    Jake Prusher

    Il y a 2 mois

    Brought to you by Nike.



    Il y a 2 mois

    Your dream was to get a board and a shoe? I guess there's those that skate to be seen! An those that skate like no one's watching!

  • MrLuke814


    Il y a 3 mois

    those gold sneakers are hideous

  • Andrew Delorge

    Andrew Delorge

    Il y a 3 mois


  • ScoobyDumm


    Il y a 3 mois

    Dunks on dunks on dunks. The cigar city dunk is what got me started. And ever since that day in 8th grade ive been a dunk head. My end life goal is to own at least of pair of every dunk ever made.

  • B Babbich

    B Babbich

    Il y a 4 mois

    How does skate culture and sneaker culture really overlap in earnest? Nobody would ever skate in shoes they paid $500 for. This all seems a little contrived.

  • K Jeezy

    K Jeezy

    Il y a 4 mois

    I don’t even skateboard but those Tiffany’s are tough



    Il y a 4 mois

    I tweet um a bit



    Il y a 4 mois

    2 pairs of AJ1 for 25. Gawddayum

  • Uthu Santuhan

    Uthu Santuhan

    Il y a 4 mois

    Koston is stil aliveeee :)

  • Thomas Weaverling

    Thomas Weaverling

    Il y a 5 mois

    I want a pair of those Tiffany Dunks.

  • grossdesign


    Il y a 5 mois

    The existence of retros are one of the reasons why I will always be intimately involved with the sneaker culture.

  • meansRSK


    Il y a 5 mois

    corporate skateboarding. 👎🏻 This shit is advertorial.

  • Leyon


    Il y a 5 mois

    Not sure if this has been asked but does anyone know what Nike Trainers were shown in the video at “19:29mins” in? They were black with light red mesh and red air unit....

  • jose puello

    jose puello

    Il y a 6 mois

    Reading thorugh some of the comments, it seems that many people are confusing this video as mostly just a skateboarding shoe culture video. This series is about shoe culture in general and Nike/Jordan have been at the forefront front of it. This video is a quick glimpse as how skateboard culture has affected sneaker culture and vise versa. Some brands that were skating brands, because of Nike and the culture, have transcended skating. Look at Supreme or Babe. How many people buy their products and know their origins? Skate culture has helped change shoes styles which has affected fashion trends. It's awesome seeing how street, skateboarding, hip-hop, fashion, and cultures have all inspired and morphed each other into what they are and will become.

  • matt


    Il y a 6 mois

    Only real ones remember the OG Tiffany Janoski’s

  • Sam 123

    Sam 123

    Il y a 6 mois

    Sponsored by NIKE

  • MrMusical Cow

    MrMusical Cow

    Il y a 6 mois

    Nike SB is amazing but Van's seems kinda better in my opinion

  • Yagi Mugayu

    Yagi Mugayu

    Il y a 6 mois

    That color scheme for those Nikes were inspired by Portuguese taxis.

  • OnPointFirearms


    Il y a 6 mois

    I always wore Vans Caballeros. Nike was a poser trying to enter the market. And look at all the dick riders on Nike SB now. Like it was some OG shit. Weak as fuck. Sneaker Culture is an oxymoron.

  • TheFlexon


    Il y a 6 mois

    I remember being cynical when the SB came out. Seeing Nike get into skate shoes just seemed like a cash grab. So the reverence and heart-tugging music of this is a little weird when we are essentially talking about a huge conglomerate infiltrating a grassroots subculture. That said, I really do enjoy these documentaries, so very well made.

  • arunashamal


    Il y a 6 mois

    Is this sponsored by Nike? because when it comes to skateboarding I can think of half a dozen influential skate shoes than nike off the top of my head!

  • J Regulatori

    J Regulatori

    Il y a 7 mois

    Not one mention of Puma Clyde/suede? That was the quintessential early 90's skate shoe. Fat white laces, purple Blind pants, etc.. I didn't know of anyone skating with Nike...that was like the "jock" shoe.

  • Joss Da Gross

    Joss Da Gross

    Il y a 7 mois

    Sneakers have always been apart of the skateboarding culture.

  • michael jackson

    michael jackson

    Il y a 7 mois

    Keep wasting your money on garbage like this

  • Filip Švácha

    Filip Švácha

    Il y a 7 mois

    It is well made Nike ad. Sorry, but it is stupid to trying to make it look like a history document about skate culture.

  • Diego Castillo

    Diego Castillo

    Il y a 7 mois

    what about like etnies, vans, DC smh bruh

  • Censored Baggah

    Censored Baggah

    Il y a 7 mois

    This video makes it sound like that skaters were using whatever they could for shoes and all wearing Jordans until Nike SB came along... eS, Osiris, Vans etc were all pumping out iconic shoes like the Accels, Half Cabs and D3s. Eric Koston himself even had the eS Koston 3s that was an homage to the old Jordan days that were sold for like $180 in 2000!

  • mk905


    Il y a 8 mois

    Absolutely love this shit!

  • Kilo Fo Shizzle

    Kilo Fo Shizzle

    Il y a 8 mois

    Nike had nothing to do with the rise of skateboarding, only piggy backed off the culture

  • Angel Granados

    Angel Granados

    Il y a 8 mois

    what’s that shoes called and the end with the LA embroiled on it

  • Truth is the new hate speech

    Truth is the new hate speech

    Il y a 8 mois

    Fuck Nike. They are dead to me.

  • Robert Ness

    Robert Ness

    Il y a 8 mois

    F nike

  • Mike A

    Mike A

    Il y a 8 mois

    Fuck Nikes unless you like a company that supports slave labor in China (these people live in the factories) and stands with a virtue signalling extremely privileged halfass has been football player that hates America. Fuck off Nike. You never had nothing to do with skating. Never saw Nikes in a skate shop. 🖕

  • Prasino Fasoulaki

    Prasino Fasoulaki

    Il y a 8 mois

    Real Gees & Bosses Stack Vintage .999 Silver Bars..... Customers, Marks, and Tricks Stack Sneakers....... Stack Money, Not Fashion.

  • Kyle Van Sickle

    Kyle Van Sickle

    Il y a 8 mois

    The nike sb mid top dunks is still one of my favorite shoes.

  • Junior Dominguez

    Junior Dominguez

    Il y a 8 mois

    I used love Nikes but not any more the buttom part is so cheap. the only good shoes are made in Indonesia.

  • The Mob

    The Mob

    Il y a 8 mois


  • SneakerHeadInTheBay


    Il y a 8 mois

    This was maaaad dope!



    Il y a 8 mois

    Thx dawg



    Il y a 8 mois

    Thx dawg

  • Mr Meme

    Mr Meme

    Il y a 8 mois

    10:17 caught mall grabbin

  • StreetBall YeetBall

    StreetBall YeetBall

    Il y a 8 mois

    LA peeps where you at?

  • Christian Flores

    Christian Flores

    Il y a 8 mois

    I searched my name on youtube and this came up on the top ad. . . that is amazing! :)

  • AYO B

    AYO B

    Il y a 8 mois

    if it wasnt for skateboarding......they're called dunks...because of basketball. The sneaker hype started with basketball, then expanded with skateboarding.

  • Florene Ridley

    Florene Ridley

    Il y a 8 mois

    Mary did know

  • SoCal Rocks

    SoCal Rocks

    Il y a 8 mois

    I have some Nike Paul Rodriguez with a poncho color. The swoosh is a poncho color as well as part of the tongue. If anyone has info let me know. I can’t find it on amazon or google. I’m just curious to the value of these bad boys. They look dope.

  • HeatCity Hedonist

    HeatCity Hedonist

    Il y a 8 mois

    How come the Mars yard high is blurred out?

  • GDR


    Il y a 8 mois

    great series

  • guilrito


    Il y a 8 mois

    The Hypebeasts totally eating this up I bet 😝😝At the end of the day is a bunch of billionaire brands getting rich off of teens in the developed nations and basically having slaves making this shit in the developing nations smh

  • Patricia Wallach

    Patricia Wallach

    Il y a 8 mois

    More nike trash. Their products suck.

  • Victor James

    Victor James

    Il y a 8 mois

    Shoes???? Nigga please what about a girlfriend or a guitar??? Fuck the niggas! STUPID fucks

  • WelSpent


    Il y a 8 mois

    sneaker culture started with the sb? lmfao cmon man. i get what they tryna say but naaaaa. nike dunks, air force, maxs were being collected before they ever made an sb

  • Asaf Gabay

    Asaf Gabay

    Il y a 8 mois

    Its a fuc*ing 21 minutes commercial

  • Mark Rita

    Mark Rita

    Il y a 8 mois

    Google the Gonz

  • Al Cam

    Al Cam

    Il y a 8 mois

    Which shoes is P-Rod rocking during the interview? Black with white swoosh! 🔥🔥🔥

  • Oscar Carpinteyro

    Oscar Carpinteyro

    Il y a 8 mois

    I love how these documentaries focused more on well rounded shoes rather than that gay hype beast shit going on now with the dad shoes and all that. Nice to see that those retarded trends don't tend to last.

  • Brayant Bonilla

    Brayant Bonilla

    Il y a 8 mois

    still dont like non skater hypebeasts ass niggas who be fucking wearing polo shit and and with some skate shoes like cmon go ruin yo own brands leave our shit to ourselves

  • Christian Urias

    Christian Urias

    Il y a 8 mois


  • Ryan Gamari

    Ryan Gamari

    Il y a 8 mois

    Nicky diamond is sick. The shoes. Diamond supply co. All dope

  • Sandra Cota

    Sandra Cota

    Il y a 8 mois

    big foot

  • p4petualang


    Il y a 8 mois

    This series should called "Nike - Sole Origins" lol