Chima Ferguson is joining a select group. The 24-year-old skateboarder, who's known for his effortless style and raw ability, just received his own Vans signature pro model shoe.
Vans' pros are lifers. Skaters like Steve Caballero and Geoff Rowley have been wearing the company's shoes for most of their storied careers. The brand hasn't announced a new signature pro model in more than six years.
"It's always something I dreamed about, but now that it's a reality it seems very surreal," said Ferguson about getting a signature shoe. "I've grown up watching Dustin [Dollin], Tony [Hawk], Geoff, AVE (Anthony Van Engelen) and all the other legends on Vans. So to have a chance to have a shoe along side all the people I've looked up to is amazing. Feels great to be part of something so big. I'm stoked!"
Ferguson's a laid back, stylish dude on and off his board and he wants his pro model shoe, the Chima Pro, to reflect his aesthetic.
"Pretty much every aspect of my life I like to be simple," said Ferguson. "So when it comes to my shoes I like to keep it that way. Authentics and Eras are the simplest shoes on Vans so that is precisely what I wanted to do with my shoe."
The shoe has the look of a Vans classic. But Ferguson's demanding style of skating requires technical upgrades like a new, thin, responsive inner sole called "Ultra Cush" and a reinforced toecap for durability.
The timing is definitely right as expectations are high for Ferguson to deliver a stand-out part for the upcoming Vans Skate Video. Since the iconic brand has never released a full-length skate video the pressure is mounting for the riders to deliver. Ferguson doesn't let it get to him, though.
"I don't like stress, so I don't let it get to me at all," said Ferguson. "I know what I can do, so it's all about timing and the right mind-set. Stressing just makes things worse, so I just like to take it easy and let things come to me as they do."