The Forsvar is the second etnies shoe designed by Rune Glifberg, and it will hit stores for holiday 06. Its mission: To raise awareness for a community in Denmark that’s facing extinction – Christiania.
Forsvar is the Danish word for “defend.” Since 1971, Christiania, a neighborhood in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, has existed as the only self-governing independent community existing inside another government in Denmark, and possibly the world. The people of Christiania have supported youth and skateboarding from the beginning, and have their own set of rules that promote a more peaceful, healthy and environmental approach to life. In 2004, the Danish government claimed Christiania was only a “social experiment” and passed a law abolishing the collective. Images of Christiania cover the Forsvar’s custom shoebox, and the story of the community is printed on the bottom.
“I feel like I’m in a position to raise awareness and tell people about Christiania,” said Rune Glifberg. “And doing that through the Forsvar shoe with etnies is the best way I can help and take action in the preserving of Christiania – it’s a concept that all of society can learn a lot from. Without a place like Christiania the world becomes too uniform – everything feels the same.”
Rune’s consistency and smooth style, while still being able to attack nearly any terrain, has made him one of the top skateboarders in the world today. The Forsvar is a reflection of that, stylish, but ready for abuse and featuring the most effective shock absorbing system available with System G2™ and STI FoamTM Level 2. STI is the first and only biomechanics research organization dedicated to the study of skateboarding footwear.