In honor of Black History Month, Nike SB has just released their limited edition “McRad” Dunk high. The black, yellow, green, white and red shoe is designed after monumental Philadelphia skater Chuck Treece’s cover of a 1984 Thrasher Magazine issue- hence the clean ’84 embroidered on the toe of the right shoe. The sole of the shoe sports a shot of Chuck from the legendary magazine spread, which was the first time Thrasher had a African-American appear on their cover story.
Besides being a forefather of Philadelphia vert skating, a culture that would lead to the world-famous DIY park FDR, Treece was also a member of the punk band “McRad.” The band was just as gnarly as his skating, and their 1986 album Absence of Sanity is a skate punk cult classic which is why the left shoe features 86′ stitched on its toe. Bottom line, Chuck Treece paved the way for a generation of African-American skaters like Stevie Williams, Antwan Dixon, Terry Kennedy, Kareem Campbell and others and for that we have much respect. Check out his cover of thrasher below, as well as a clip we dug up featuring “McRad” as the soundtrack and Treece and friends shredding Bam Margera’s park, FDR, and other spots. As for the “McRad” SB’s, start searching for your pair today at the local skate shop.