December 28th, 2012 by Sneaker News
Legendary skateboarder Steve Caballero received his first signature Vans shoe back in 1989, but it was three years and an unusual set of circumstances later that his best known shoe came to be. The original Cabellero model featured a traditional full high-top cut, but after noticing that many skaters were cutting off the top half of the shoe to make a mid-cut version, Steve decided to try it out for himself and fell in love with the results. Preferred methods of sealing up the homemade surgery were stickers, tape and even sewing, but Steve found that duct tape did the job best and went through a few pairs before it dawned on him – why not just ask Vans to make a mid version?
As a result of his request, the Half Cab was born, and has since gone on to be one of the most enduring and beloved skate models on the market for over two decades. With 2012 marking the milestone 20th anniversary of the original Half Cab, Vans celebrated in style by releasing several OG colorways in addition to an ongoing artist
series featuring some interesting new spins on the iconic shoe. From the Dirty Donnie, to the Taka Hayashi, to the Metallica “Kill Em All” and even Steve’s own special interpretation of the shoe, the Half Cab was truly celebrated in style and saw some of its most interesting looks ever.
While there was plenty for Half Cab fans to sink their teeth into, nothing quite topped the initial birthday kickoff where a special set of twenty pairs were sold exclusively through Supreme, with each one personally cut down and duct taped by Steve Cabellero himself to replicate the shoe’s infamously unorthodox genesis. Not only was it a creative and authentic vehicle to tell the story of the shoe and pay respects to its heritage, but it also provided its twenty fortunate owners with an incredible ownable piece of Vans/skate history presented in a personal way that has seldom if ever been seen made available to the public through retail channels.
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