Do you remember how successful they were back then? They were called Soap Shoes. Everyone on our team had a pair. In fact, our brand owner Matthias Knoll, was one of the first to get a look at the photos and videos of the innovative shoes. He was so hyped up about them that he went on to become an official distributor.
Despite the tremendous success of grindshoes, the movement ended, in part, by a lack of product. We never forgot about it. Parkour and freerunning grabbed the public’s attention and we found ourselves thinking, “How incredible would it be to see a revival of grindshoes and to see them incorporating all these new things?”
“HOW INCREDIBLE WOULD IT BE TO SEE A REVIVAL OF GRINDSHOES AND TO SEE THEM INCORPORATING ALL THESE NEW THINGS?”
Personally, the idea wouldn’t leave me alone. I started hunting through second hand websites for old grindshoes. I imagined an ordinary walk transforming into this epic journey where I could jump on anything and grind as if I were in a videogame.
And then I found myself in Germany having a meeting with Matthias. “Lately all I can think about is how much we should bring back grindshoes,” I told him. Matthias stood up and left the room without a word. Moments later he returned with a pair he had stored away many years before and said, “YES! I’ve been saving these for a while, waiting for the right time to do it myself– so let’s do it!”
“YES! I’VE BEEN SAVING THESE FOR A WHILE, WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT MYSELF– SO LET’S DO IT!”
A dream team was soon on board – no one needed much convincing.
Everyone – from team riders and designers to photographers and videographers – were thrilled. We had all loved grindshoes then and we all still love them today.
We are over the moon to be able to work together to launch Epic Grindshoes this 2022 and to share our passion and excitement with all of you.
Epic Grindshoes is:
Matthias Knoll (Product Team)
Oli Benet (Brand Manager)
Javier Rosa (Head Designer)
David Montes Aldea (Photography)
Stefan Beyer (Studio Photography)
Rafael López Maldonado (Videography)
Nick Lomax (Pro Team)
Eugen Enin (Pro Team)
Montre Livingston (Pro Team)
Our sandwich sole design is the core of our Epic Grindshoes and it is responsible
We believe that accepting compromises is not going far enough, and the Sandwich Sole, the very core of all our shoes, it’s a clear example of that.
We didn’t take a step ahead until we had the perfect sole. Our goal was to have an easy to use grind plate while still having all the feeling, comfort, cushioning and grip as any other regular sports shoe, and this was achieved with the sole design.
The progressive groove design provides an excellent rail lock while being very low. Also the raised corners makes possible grinds on curbs while maintaining a safe plate to ground distance to prevent the plate from touching on regular walking.