November 12, 2013 BY Aaron Kr. / 4
“I make shoes for people who like to wear something different and unique. If you skate, that’s just a bonus.” – Chad Muska
That quote pretty eloquently sums up what Supra has been all about since they first launched the brand back in 2006. Chad Muska has been along for the ride since day 1, not just by lending his legendary name and feet as an endorser, but also as one of the visionary minds behind some of Supra’s most memorable and successful designs. When his friend Angel Cabada founded the brand almost a decade ago, it was a natural fit to join forces with Muska, who was not only a widely revered and mega-influential skateboarding maverick, but also an endless source of creativity who was constantly branching out and dabbling in the world’s of art and music as well.
Muska turned out to be a perfect complement to what Supra was bringing to the table; first by lending his respected name as an endorser, but even more so when he got behind the design table to start bringing his own unique footwear visions to life. 2007 saw the introduction of the Supra Skytop, Chad Muska’s super high-cut first signature model with the brand. Influenced by some things that were going on in high fashion at the time, the Skytop in turn went on to spread the trend to the more casual/athletic footwear market in an impactful fashion that can’t be denied.
For all intents and purposes, the Skytop put Supra on the map on a much broader scale. They had already made some noise in the skate world, but the Skytop helped them cross over into the lifestyle market and reach a whole new audience full of customers eager to embrace the bold look offered by Muska’s knee-scraping creation. Before you knew it, Skytops were everywhere you looked, followed by other Supra models that people were finding their way to both the skate crowd and the fashion-forward trendsetters looking to turn heads on the street.
With a tough act to follow, Muska eventually went back to the drawing board and brought us the even higher Skytop II in 2009 before completely flipping the script again with the lower cut and teched-out Skytop III two years later. Now with the introduction of the Skytop IV, it all comes full circle. The height is back, but so is the tech, making for a daring futuristic look with versatile applications that go well beyond just skateboarding. The first two colorways of the Skytop IV will release before the end of the year, complete with a cool removable heel shroud that won’t be available on the later versions, but before they’re upon us, we wanted to get the inside story straight from the source. Continue on for our interview with skateboarding legend and Supra design guru, Chad Muska, as well as a full gallery of images and release info for the first two drops.