Though they weren’t in the first instance a brand with any direct links to skateboarding, for as far back as anyone cares to remember, Dickies have held close ties – if only in a fairly social sense for the most part – to the global skateboarding community.
Founded in 1922, the Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company – or ‘Dickies’ as it is predominantly known – started out life as a Texas based traditional American workwear company, selling work related clothing, belts, steel toecap boots and backpacks. Thanks to their classic design, Dickies trousers have long since been popular outside of the workplace and have been the go-to pant of choice for musicians, artists, fashion icons and biking enthusiasts since the company went global following the end of World War 2.
“For generations, Dickies has also been the first port of trouser call for skateboarders, on account of their longevity and strength”
For generations, Dickies has also been the first port of trouser call for skateboarders, on account of their longevity and strength, as well as their timeless and instantly recognisable fit.
And timeless is exactly what you’re getting with this black 874 pant. Straight off the bat you can see the shape of the 874 harks back to the classic workwear of the 1920s. As ever, the 874 is made from Dickies signature mix of cotton and polyester, making for an exceptionally durable pant, and the leg is cut quite loose, giving you plenty of room for manoeuvre. With that in mind, if you prefer a narrower leg on your trousers, you’d be better off investigating some narrower Dickies; obviously it goes without saying that there are loads of alternatives to choose from.
If you’re new to the Dickies game then don’t panic if the 874 seems slightly stiffer than your average cotton chino upon first inspection – after a few washes they’ll soften up nicely and you’ll be down the local carpark popping impossibles over full-size shopping trollies like Sean Pablo in no time.
In 2015, Dickies jumped fully into the skateboarding ring and established a small but powerful team consisting of Vincent Alvarez, Ronnie Sandoval, Peter Hewitt and Adrian Adrid, and earlier this year the company was acquired by VF Corp, placing it under the same roof as brands such as Vans and Wrangler.
- DICKIES – 874 PANT
- RRP: £45