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Skateboarding star Heitor da Silva unveils new Adidas shoe

Words by Rob Chilton

Meet the Brazilian/Norwegian skateboarder who’s redefining the sport

Heitor da Silva is to skateboarding what Kylian Mbappe is to football. The 22-year-old was born in Brazil, then moved to Norway aged six where he became interested in skateboarding. At 16 he moved to Sweden to attend a skateboarding high school (yes, such places really do exist) and now, at 22, is one of the sport’s superstars.

Born in Brazil, da Silva then moved to Europe

Renowned for his ease and natural grace on the skateboard, da Silva’s talent has been recognised by the likes of Palace streetwear and Adidas Skateboarding who offered him an endorsement deal.

Adidas skateboard Forum 84 shoes

Initially launching a pair of shoes last year, da Silva and Adidas Skateboarding have now released two more iterations of the Forum 84 ADV, a heritage shoe that first appeared way before da Silva was born. Designed by Jacques Chassaing in 1984, the Forum ADV gets its name from the famous Los Angeles basketball arena that saw so many LA Lakers triumphs in the 1980s. Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Showtime Lakers, as they were nicknamed, won five NBA titles in the decade.

Heitor da Silva is known for his fluid skateboarding style

Today’s shoes – one in chalk white and one in black – are made from leather and suede and have a double layered toe cap to withstand a day on the board.

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