The Sneakers of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
The release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 has hit the gaming world with a welcome dose of early-2000s nostalgia. A contemporary rebirth of the iconic franchise, 1 + 2 builds on the insanely addictive gameplay, soundtrack and aesthetic of the OG titles, and introduces it to a new legion of button-bashers.
1 + 2 rapidly became the quickest selling Pro Skater title of all time and, just like its predecessors, they’ve decked the skater roster out with their sponsors’ latest threads and footwear – and it looks killer in 4K!
Naturally, in between runs, we’ve been taking in the skate shoe smorgasbord, which includes modern picks from Nike SB, adidas Skateboarding, Vans, and more. Here’s a look at what the skaters are rocking in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2.
They weren’t a factor in previous instalments of THPS, but how things have changed. Nike SB flex their muscles in 1 + 2, calling on trailblazing team riders Nyjah Huston and Shane O’Neill to headline the game’s roster. You can catch both of them rocking their respective signatures – the Nyjah Free 2 and the Shane – as they tear up the game with their technical prowess.
Much like the aforementioned SB, adidas Skateboarding reaffirm their relatively newfound prominence in the skate world in 1 + 2. In many ways, team riders Kareem Campbell and Tyshawn Jones represent the sport’s old and new, with the former being an OG character from earliest THPS titles.
2020 Kareem comes through with his signature high-top Superstar, while Tyshawn – the 2018 Thrasher Skater of the Year – rolls in his popular Tyshawn model.
Tony Hawk’s renewed partnership with Vans was just about timed perfectly with the release of 1 + 2. We’ve been treated to months of promos featuring Tony wearing the iconic Sk8-Hi, and the classic board shoe looks just as good in the actual game.
Fellow THPS OG Geoff Rowley also returns, and not much has changed. He’s still skating fast and going big, and he’s even got the same shoe on his feet: his signature Rowley Pro.
Additionally, THPS newcomer Lizzie Armanto keeps with the tried-and-true theme, opting for the Old Skool.
The Best of the Rest
Two legends of skateboarding return to the THPS universe in Rodney Mullen and Chad Muska. It might be 20 years since their first appearances, but neither of them are looking a day older in the game. So, perhaps fittingly, we see them both wearing brands from their heydays. Rodney continues his longstanding partnership with Globe, wearing his Octave Mid model. Meanwhile, Chad is spotted in the Supra Muska 2000.
Finally, Tony’s son Riley also gets the opportunity to flaunt his own signature model: the Lakai Riley 2.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows!
All imagery courtesy of Activision.