Dallas Stokes has been a footwear designer in the industry for nearly two decades. For those who don’t know his history, we give you a quick 5 Questions recap of all the sneaker companies he’s worked for, currently works with, and what he hopes to accomplish with his brand new weekly CounterKicks series, “Stokes Life With Dallas Stokes“. Continue reading for the full 5 Questions Interview With Dallas Stokes…
CounterKicks: How did you get into the footwear industry?
Dallas Stokes: I have been in the industry for about 19 years. I started in high school when some guys came to our school for career day and saw my work. I did a little work with them for a while during my junior and senior year before going to work for a design company that handled work for Reebok.
CK: What shoe companies have you worked for in your career thus far?
Stokes: In my career I have worked for Pony, PUMA, Converse, Skechers, 310 Motoring, Marc Ecko, Reebok, Dunk.Net, Peak, Protege, Magic 23, P.Miller, Oakley, Dada, And1, and adidas.
CK: What footwear designs have you worked on that you’re most proud of?
Stokes: I have to say that I love all my work, even the bad stuff. I have had a few that I loved a bit more like the And1 Tochillin, adidas Chromium, and Protege Stackjack 1.
CK: What sneaker companies and projects are you working on currently?
Stokes: I’m currently working on Peak, Protege, Sean John, Rim Rocka, Van Grack, Militia Project, and The Dallas Stokes Collection.
CK: What do you hope to accomplish with your weekly “Stokes Life” series on CounterKicks?
Stokes: I get asked about the industry and what it’s like to have shoes on the shelf all the time. I hope that this series can shine some light on what it’s like to live this life through my eyes. I took the road less traveled and still walk a different path. If anyone out there can learn from my career highs and my mistakes, then cool.