“As skateboarding in the ‘90s evolved from vert to street, so did Steve Caballero. He was always all-terrain, but I vividly remember the massive handrails he was doing in the VHS magazines of the time, keeping pace with the best,” O’Dell said. “His signature shoe became the Half Cab, and likewise maintained relevancy in the streets, being worn proudly by all of the iconic skaters at the time.”
The Half Cab ushered in the rise of signature skateboarding shoes, marking a new frontier for the industry, and reinforcing the power of listening to skateboarders and tapping into a community’s creative spirit. In 1989, Vans and Steve Caballero launched the Caballero. Over the next few years, skateboarders saw a chance to reimagine the silhouette by cutting down the high-top padding to better meet their needs, and the Half Cab was born. Three decades later, Vans is proud to uplift the Half Cab’s story and heritage, and the shoe’s continued influence on the future of skateboarding.
Stay tuned to vans.com/HalfCab throughout the year for more information on all upcoming product drops, exciting collaborations, and content releases.
Watch episode two of Cut Down: 30 Years of the Vans Half Cab at vans.com/HalfCab