Today is a sad day in the sneaker world as the much beloved and respected Crooked Tongues officially announced its closing up shop.

Last week, it was speculated and later confirmed by an ASOS rep that CT was indeed closing down. So while we've known the news for a little while now, to see an official posting from the Crooked Tongues crew is still disheartening. Birthed in 2000 as a project from Unorthodox Styles, a creative agency based in London,  Crooked Tongues became the UK's answer to Niketalk. Its forums gave UK heads a place to call home and helped spread sneaker culture globally. Its collaborations became some of the most sought after in the game. While most sneaker sites early on were just message boards or basic websites, CT made a splash with its slick graphics, creating some of the best and most informative sneaker features around.

It may seem silly to some to mourn the loss of a website. But like anyone who has been a longtime member of a forum or a frequent visitor to a site, it's like losing a part of your life. That may sound a little dramatic, but no matter how you put it, this is sad. Thank you CT for everything you've done for the culture, and goodbye for now. Much respect and love to the crew and all its members.

Here's the official goodbye message from the Crooked Tongues crew:

Some of what you've probably heard is true. Crooked Tongues is coming to a close as a part of the ASOS family. After 15 years in business and weathering a few cycles in the sneaker...trainer — whatever you want to call them — world, we're closing the store for the time being.

We'd like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to you, every customer who bought shoes from us, everyone that ever posted on the forum or in the TIA section, everyone we met along the way, everyone who attended the events, wore the collaborations we made and drank our free beers. Salutes to the friends we've made and lost along the way, all the brands that helped us, all the sites and magazines who showed love, all the people who liked a post on Facebook or Instagram, and, of course, our entire extended Crooked Tongues family around the world.

[via Crooked Tongues]