Before 2020 ends, adidas Skateboarding and Mark Gonzales are dropping yet another story-driven Aloha Super. Whereas previous collaborations commemorated some of “The Gonz’s” most important on-screen performances, the latest pays tribute to Gonzales’ work behind the scenes as famed casting director “Karol Winthrop.”
To diehard skaters, the stage name delivers flashbacks to 1991 with the release of Blind Skateboard’s classic “Video Days” skate film. Encouraged by Adam Spiegel (perhaps better known as “Spike Jonze”) to take on a pseudonym for his directorial debut, Gonzales landed on “Karol Winthrop,” which he reprised in 2006 with the release of Krooked Skateboard’s “Krooked Kronichles.” In the film, the duo wanders the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles, with Spiegel donning a pair of brown dress shoes. The Aloha Super’s premium nubuck upper, leather overlays and inner lining borrow their “Bark” colorway from those same shoes, but are accompanied “The Gonz”-approved detailing. Cyan-colored Shmoofoil logos animate the tongue, sockliners and initials on the heel, while a semi-translucent “Vapour Pink” sole unit proffers style and skate-ready grip.
The Aloha Super “Karol Winthorp” arrives stateside via the adidas CONFIRMED app on December 12th with a $90 USD price tag.