David Gonzalez is from Colombia and despite growing up poor he managed to get a board sponsor in the US when he was around 12. His footage caught the eye of Geoff Rowley, who put him on Flip Skateboards. So before his 13th birthday, having only been skating for three years, he was riding for one of the world's best board companies. A decade later in 2012 he suffered an ankle injury that required surgery, and once he became healthy again he began filming “Possessed to Skate,” a video part that can only be described as insane, baffling and mind-blowing. It earned him Thrasher's Skater of the Year award for 2012. The funny thing about Gonzalez is that although he supports his family back in Colombia, and lives comfortably in the US, he'll still skate his shoes with holes in them. This is coming from a guy who is on his second pro shoe for Globe, called the Sabbath. So it's clear he has access to as many pairs as he needs, but he'll still skate his shoes until they disintegrate. David explained to Sneaker Report the reason he doesn't switch to a new pair of shoes more often, what performance elements of the Sabbath are most important, and why he no longer skates in high tops.
Interview by Reggie Altema
How do you go about designing shoes?
The first shoe I designed was my first shoe on Globe, the Heathen. For that one I decided to copy other shoes. I shot photos of all the shoes that I liked and I said, “I want a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” and it all came together. For my new shoe the Sabbath, I wanted it to be really simple because the last one had too much going on. This one is really clean.