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etnies & Thunder present...

Jun 17 2009 / Wednesday

Thunder RVL

Thunder Romano

"This shoe, what it stands for, and how it came about is a perfect example of the effect Johnny Romano had, and will forever have, on skateboarding.

Johnny was a 10-year-old skater form Galveston, Texas whose love of skateboarding and courageous perseverance through his battle with Leukemia captured the hearts of the entire skateboarding community—worldwide. He never wanted to be known as “Johnny, the skater with Leukemia.” He was simply "Johnny, the skateboarder" and we all followed his journey with our hearts on our collective sleeves.

A few months after Johnny lost his battle with Leukemia, Sean Malto and Mikey Taylor approached me with an idea to do something with Thunder and etnies to pay tribute to Johnny, as well as raise money and awareness for the Johnny Kicks Cancer organization that the Romano family founded.

Johnny may have lost his battle, but he won the war. His memory and his impact on all of us in skateboarding will live forever. Thank you to everyone who was there for the journey and thank you to everyone who keeps it going.

This one's for you Johnny. We miss the fuck out of you."

—Jim Thiebaud

Thunder RVL

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the etnies / Thunder RVL will go to the JOHNNYKICKSCANCER Foundation. For additional information on the JOHNNYKICKSCANCER Foundation, the Johnny Romano Leukemia Research Organization, visit or

37 Comments etnies & Thunder present...

  1. Awesome

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  2. Great Shoes, Nice Idea, I hope it can Help kids like Johnny With there issues. I appreciate actions like this, don't wasting time waiting donations but trying to make things better and helping the skateboard at all. I wish they could sell it in Brazil. But anyway I try to buy it on eBay. Thanks Etnies for helping skateboard.

    Gui Moraes
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  3. my local shop in corpus christi has those shoes and everybody wants them!!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  4. So Awesome .

    oliver flores
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  5. do they make sizes larger than 13?
    johnny romano will live forever......

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  6. I miss Johnny! :(
    I'm going to buy the shoes!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  7. omg these are like the shweeeeeeeetest shoes etnies has even thought about coming up with..

    AHHHHHHH!! :]]

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  8. woow nice shoes !!
    is it posible to bmx with them i cant see grip

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  9. woow nice shoes !!
    is it posible to bmx with them i cant see grip

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  10. the etnies is better because the Ryan Sheckler buy them.the etnies is loking great.

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  11. the etnies is the best shoes in the world

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  12. sk8 daule propio lo shoes

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  13. theses are sweet shoes, where can i get apair in the UK????????

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  14. It's REALLY cool you're doing this Jim. The skateboard community should do these kinds of things more often.

    Paul Grunt
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  15. I have already seen it somethere...

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  16. These are sweet!!!!!!! My 9 year old son will be wearing these on his first day of 4th grade. Much love to the Romano family!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  17. i love them. can anyone please tell me where i can buy them online.

    email me ASAP.

    ill always buy Johnny Romano's skateboard stuff.


    Ritchie Fernandez
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  18. buenos tenis aqi desde mexico saludandolos para ver cuando se echan una buel ya qe en mexico hay buenos skate al igual qe en chiapas en tuxtla gutierrez buenop va sigan asiendo lo qwe asen lla qe son una inspirazion para nosotros

    aejandro rezloz
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  19. va

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    Posted: 6 years ago,
  20. narley!!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  21. Johnny was sooo amazing he will live on forever! Awsome shoes to, I can't wait to get some!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  22. Ya I hadbthe regular all black and white ones of these and they were friggin awesome now thatvits got the thunder collab it's even sicker great shoe withva new sweet look

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  23. Hi, I just bought that shoe today at the local skateshop in my town, IN THE NETHERLANDS!
    But I didn't know it was for Johny, and I didn't know who Johny was.

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  24. dude. johnny was absoloutly amazing he made his mark on the world and like they said he lost his battle but he deffinitly won the war. the shoes are amazing i got them like the day they came out

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  25. where can i buy these shoes size 4? i live in califronia

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  26. Ces shoes sont trop belle

    guillaume calas
    Posted: 6 years ago,
  27. tss esos teniss son buenos si me an duradO vastantee para el skate ya deverian de sacar otros!!

    sale pss me voy saludos des mexicoo DF!!!

    Posted: 6 years ago,
  28. Perfect !

    Posted: 6 years ago,
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