Did you know there was a full Cab high top before the Half Cab? I did not know… There are also several other things I don’t know about the Half Cab and Caballero himself. So it’s always interesting to sit back and read another Cab’s interview. This time, Complex Magazine sat down with Stevie Cab to get the full story on the Half Cab and its 20th anniversary.
Originally released as a mid-top version of the classic Vans Caballero high top, the Half Cab was created in direct response to the demands of a new generation of skateboarders changing the game and taking skateboarding back out into the streets after the vert-riding heyday of the 1980s. "In '91, I noticed that a lot of street skaters were cutting my shoe halfway down and wearing them that way," Steve Caballero remembers. "So in '92, I gave Vans the idea to make a lower cut shoe and call it the Half Cab." Vans listened and a new silhouette was introduced, an icon was born and countless other shoe companies would eventually go on to release their version of this original Vans classic that has remained in Vans' line-up to this day.
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Half Cab. In celebration of this occasion and skateboarders' knack for challenging the status quo and making their voices heard, Vans will be dropping one new and exclusive limited edition 20th Anniversary Half Cab colorway every month throughout the course of the year.
The thing about skate shoes is this: they're ephemeral. The shoes themselves go from box-fresh to powerline fodder in less than a month, and models seem to come and go just as quickly. So when a skate model hits its 20th birthday still going strong, that's something.
The Vans Half Cab turns 20 this year, and its namesake, original Bones Brigade member Steve Caballero is still going strong as well. The 47-year-old Cab was on the cover of The Skateboard Mag back in September skating his signature kicks, and he blessed Complex with an interview to discuss the birth of the midcut skate shoe as well as a very special Supreme collabo.
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