Back in the '80s, before every skater and his photographer had a shoe deal, it wasn't that unusual to see a top-name pro in the big-time mags like Thrasher (or on the cover, for that matter) in a tore-up pair of top-of-the-line basketball shoes. And long before the original Nike Air Jordan became any sort of collector grail, pro skaters on the West Coast — from Natas Kaupas to Lance Mountain to Christian Hosoi — were tearing up pairs they found on clearance. In celebration of father of modern street skating's Rodney Mullen's 45th birthday, Nick Santora of Classic Kicks NYC put together the following gallery of skaters shredding your grails. Click and weep.

Tags: skateboarding, christian-hosoi, air-jordans, air-jordan, bones-brigade, jay-adams, rodney-mullen
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