The Gourmet Quattro Skate makes an interesting nod to the skateboard lineage of the brand's founders
. Gourmet have been delivering the goods lately, and the Fall line should silence a few critics who've found the more eccentric pieces hard-to-take. The premium feel remains, but we can't get enough of the nods to flossy formal pieces worn at street level. The skate line gets a few mentions in our new feature, talking to Gourmet's Jon about their past, present and future
but this twist on a hi-top piece that's been a lookbook staple for a while now is ultra-flossy. Reinforced at certain points for a slightly more skate-friendly feel, the Quattro in this form is like the great Jordan skate that never was.
The classy branding is a good touch too - shades of adidas at their most low-key too. The notion of luxury and utilitarian that fuels the line's aesthetic is fully intact here -skaters have long garnered props for the destruction of costly garments - Polo and Timbs have been rocked on boards for a minute, but they've also informed skatewear (think Supreme) and the performance sneakers too (any core skate brand you care to think of). The Quattro Skate is a nifty little homage to that. We've been informed that they're intended as a nod to an iconic look rather than a rival to any ultra-padded loaves of bread for the feet, and we shouldn't expect a Gourmet team dropping DVDs any time soon. Still, these are slick and set for a release later in the year. We can imagine these on Mike Carroll's feet to a Beatnuts soundtrack back in the day...