éS Who’s Back?

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When éS ceased to be on the shop shelves in 2012 it was sad to see a brand which was once at the forefront of skateboarding footwear drop out of the game. Click here to see the momentum it gathered from it’s inception. Little did we know that the design brains behind the whole thing had simply taken a creative retreat. Japanese demand for the classic Accel which was Tom Penny‘s shoe of choice saw éS release four Japan only colourways. Positive response to this news resulted in the release of the first new drop of shoes you see above. These are to be released in only 100 core shops globally and we are pleased to say we are one of them. Will this be the permanent return of éS to our shelves? Can we expect to see non endorsed versions of classic shoes like the Koston? Will a team emerge? We are going to have to wait and see. For now we have the six Accel inspired styles above. We have the Accelerate which is a streamlined version of the Accel which was a bulkier shoe on the whole. They have a suede upper with a Thermo-Thane technology in the ollie area for durability. They have an STI polyurethane insole and a Lycra tongue stabiliser system. This shoe comes in Red or Black. The Accent is another slimmer profile incarnation with a longer toe. This too has a suede upper and comfort is enhanced by STI Ortholite insoles. Their tongue is full grain leather and uses tongue stabilisers much like the old Koston and later versions of the Accel. Their heel cup is made of micro suede. This also comes in Black with a neon green sole and in Red. As much as every éS range was full of simple functional skate shoes they were also pioneers, they used the technology available with progressive styles like the Koston 2. This is definitely referenced when it comes to the Accelite even down to the colourways. This shoe has a lightweight Phylon midsole, STI Ortholite insoles and inset reflective heel tabs, mesh adds ventilation and a molded EVA heel cup is there for support. These come in Black and Red. All of these are available to buy online right now and will be in both of our stores next week. We’ll leave you with the éS video Menikmati. Released in 2000 with full parts from Eric Koston, Arto Saari, Tom Penny, Ronnie Creager, Rick McCrank, Bob Burnquist and Rodrigo TX this made a huge impact. It’s hard to believe it was fourteen years ago. Enjoy…