The Skate Life: Why I Love My Camo Vans


When I moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles a few years back I saw it as more than a change in coasts—it was the chance to live out all my California surfer/skater girl fantasies. I like being authentic. I never want to be the girl who wears something (skate shoes and neoprene included) because it’s fashionable. The move seemed like a great time to put my Sector 9 Skateboard and subscription to Foam Magazine to good use, and I promptly added a Cynthia Rowley x Roxy wetsuit to my closet when I got here.

I was doing really super with my surf lessons this summer until one chilly Friday when there were too many fearless children in the water; not looking where they were going, flinging their boards this way and that. The waves were big, the water was freezing and I was wearing the aforementioned short (read: very short) wetsuit, even though the instructor urged against it as a practicality. Apparently, the last thing you need when trying to stand up on a surfboard is to be completely freezing. After getting tossed by a few waves I ended up sitting on the beach with my teeth chattering. I haven’t gotten extreme since. While I’m being honest, I also haven’t hopped on my skateboard lately, which seems destined to lonely life at the back of our hall closet.

However, I did pick up these new camo kicks at the Vans store in Santa Monica last weekend, and I’m loving them paired with mini skirts and skinny jeans. I sure wish I’d been a Dogtown Z Boy, but I’m suddenly happy to settle for the shoes of one.


Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.