After a few weeks of relative calm, the downturn has hit skate shoes hard.
Skate brands like Moxi, Skate, and Skate Warehouse have been left to fend for themselves, with some losing as much as 20 per cent of their sales.
The impact is especially pronounced in the US, where the decline has been particularly acute.
The US, Canada, and Australia have all experienced a slowdown in skate sales.
A number of retailers have also announced a temporary halt to retail operations.
Moxi Skate and Skateshop, for example, have been forced to lay off about 2,500 employees.
“The skate brand was down in a number of ways and we’ve lost about a quarter of our business in the last month,” said Andrew Schmitt, co-founder and CEO of Moxis Skate Shop in Sydney, Australia.
“It’s really tough.
It’s tough because we’re one of the biggest skaters and we’re in this market, and we don’t have the infrastructure in place to do the things that we need to do.”
In Canada, the decline in skate business has been even more pronounced, with skate stores closing or closing down at a rate of 10 per cent every day since November.
But the industry is not immune to the downturn.
In fact, many retailers, including the likes of H&M and Wal-Mart, are seeing declines in the number of skaters they hire.
Schmitt, who has been a skateboarder for 20 years, said that in the skateboarding industry, the most important thing is to maintain your momentum.
“I think it’s really important to maintain momentum and keep going,” he said.
And that’s exactly what Schmitt has been doing, while struggling to keep his business afloat.
Despite the downturn, Schmitt is confident that he can bounce back, even as he struggles to attract new skaters.
While the downturn will likely affect many retailers in the coming months, Schipp said that his focus remains on his customers and what he sells.
He said that the main challenge in retail is to find new customers.
The skater said that he doesn’t have any plans to cut his shop in the next couple of weeks, although he is planning to hire some new staff.
This will be an especially tough situation for skate shops across the country, as the skate industry has been hit by a number social issues over the past few years, including increased drug use and increased violence.
According to a study released by the Australian National University, there are currently more than 5 million skaters in Australia, but the number is growing rapidly.
The study also found that over 50 per cent, or nearly 6.5 million, of these skaters are women.
At Moxies SkateShop in Sydney where Schmitt and his crew have been running their business for the past four years, they are expecting to see a significant decline in the sales of their skate shoe range.
One of the main reasons for the decline, said Schmitt said, was the increased drug availability, with the number and type of drugs being sold more and more.
Skate shop manager Mark Lappin said that while the industry has experienced a number changes in recent years, he has seen an increase in the type of items that skate shops sell.
“[Skate shops] have been doing the same things as in the past,” he told Al Jazeera.
“We’ve been selling skates, boards, sneakers, apparel, we’ve done the same kind of things that people have been selling for years.”
“We don’t want to just do one thing, we want to do different things, so we’re trying to diversify.”
Lappin added that the skate shop has been focusing on keeping the business focused on the skate community.
However, he believes that the downturn is also having an impact on the entire industry, especially those that cater to young skaters looking to spend a few days on the beach.
Lapps, a skater for more than 30 years, told Aljazeera that while he understands that skaters may be spending more time on the sand and less time surfing, he also sees an increasing number of young skater looking to come into the industry.
After the recession hit in the late 1990s, skate shops in Australia lost their competitive edge.
The recession also hit retail more than any other sector in the country.
For Schmitt’s store, this meant a big drop in sales, but not a sudden and catastrophic decline.
“If you go back to the late ’90s when I first opened, we were still selling about 20 per week.
That was the peak of sales.
We didn’t really sell a lot more than that, and then a lot of the other shops went through a similar thing,” he