With modern modifications in form, the under-the-radar classic affirms its effortless stance. The initial release of the return, a High Top collaboration with Jerry Lorenzo's Fear of God ESSENTIALS, underscores the shoe's historic cool. The story of the Skidgrip begins in 1910, with the debut of the Converse Circular Vamp Oxford (CVO). In its various incarnations, the CVO hit tennis and basketball courts, as well as boat and skate decks. In fact, the name "Skidgrip" came in the early 1960s, as a reference to no-slip soles designed for boating. Two decades later, the shoe became a conduit for the SoCal-flavor of an emergent interlaced BMX, skate and surf scene.