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Design May, 27 2011

Behind the Sneaker | Nike Koston 1

On the surface, the Nike Koston 1 doesn’t appear too different from a traditional vulcanized rubber soled skate shoe. In the low profile shoe, designer Shawn Carboy conceals some of Nike’s most advanced technology – a contemporary approach that melds cutting edge technology and desired aesthetic seamlessly.

In a brief discussion, Carboy mentioned a Bauhaus influence and his desire to make perfect use of each of the shoes building blocks to ensure that their individual properties ring true. Board feel and cushioning are at a premium with skate shoes. Carboy incorporates a Lunarlon sockliner, which evenly distributes weight in a soft, yet responsive and fully supportive base. With this, the Koston 1 offers distinctly improved lateral support, something often ignored in skate footwear.

For the upper, Carboy used a TPU reinforced suede. Beyond the aesthetic reasons, Koston says suede is preferred as an upper material because it produces less sound against the board. Statements like that reveal the subtle complexity of the shoe… which also places premium on visual cues which help skaters line up with the board. Note the stitching to the toe box, a deft addition connecting eye to board and shoe.

Carboy’s Koston 1 takes cues from the Lunar running series as well as the Nike Free. While the outside remains classic, the interior technology proves the shoe the most overt attempt to fuse Nike’s traditional sporting innovations with the SB line. Carboy also notes that the shoe is designed to mold to the foot with time…  a true rarity in the skate market.

A look at the inspirations behind the shoe and design sketches follow after the jump.

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