After all the Decade X releases, we knew Supra was teasing Chad Muska’s fifth signature. Now, the Supra Skytop V has finally been unveiled.
Muska’s signature line has been ever-changing, fluctuating from a midtop to a high, then to more of a low — all while implementing new technologies to skate shoes, often drawn from performance basketball sneakers (more on that here). The Skytop IV was a high top, but the Skytop V has returned to a mid-top height.
Created by Supra’s lead designer Adam Contreras and Chad Muska, the Supra Skytop V utilizes a three-piece TPU cage with multi-pieced elastic bands (a nice detail is the embroidered V that can be spotted on the heel strap). The bands, coupled with an internal neoprene bootie, should offer good lockdown and a custom fit. According to Muska, the upper is constructed of TUF coated Lycra while the entire toe piece is padded and flexible — and strengthened by a fused layer of rubber.
The Skytop V sits atop a full-length EVA midsole with a deep heel cup in the footbed that should offer a secure foundation. Supra has stated that the multi-pieced rubber thread pattern, which utilizes herringbone and blade traction, has “coloring capabilities.”
It’s clear that the Skytop V, with its sandwich mesh upper and elastic bands, is inspired by some classic sneakers and modern fashion trends. In an interview with Sneaker Freaker, Muska reminisced about the Nike Air Presto. “When I put the Prestos on back in the day, I was bummed because I couldn’t really wear them because I had a sponsor. I was like, ‘This is the most comfortable, best slipper-sneaker shoe ever!’”
According to Muska, the initial Skytop V colorways will be tonal, but the shoe’s construction allows for some interesting possibilities. Woven materials are able to be used within the elastic centering strap, and the hot-melt around the stitching in the tongue hole means it can be used to pull the shoe on (a design theme carried over from past Skytop models). Three Skytop V colorways have already been unveiled: Black/Black, White/White, and Dried Herb/Herb.
The Supra Skytop V will become available on February 16 for $125 at retailers like Supra and Zumiez. You can actually pre-order the three initial colorways at your local Zumiez shop (click here for the store locator, you cannot do it over the phone).
This shoe certainly feels like an evolution from the rest of the skater’s signature line — and it should. Supra is now a decade old, and moving to a new office in Los Angeles.
Now that the Supra Skytop V has been unveiled, what do you think of Chad Muska’s latest sig? The price is certainly appealing, and I will have that Dried Herb colorway, that I am sure of.