Since launching an all-out takeover on the skateboarding world more than 20 years ago, Eric Koston has long been regarded as the gold standard in progressive skateboarding, and an undeniable legend. With the release of his latest signature model, the Eric Koston 2, the legend continues to grow. Designed with an unparalleled balance of fashion and function, the Koston 2 showcases a casual sophistication without compromising performance and innovation. Picking up where Eric’s best-selling Nike SB debut left off, Koston’s latest creation features a refined, contoured shape coupled with added interior airflow for the utmost comfort and cushion. Further expanding on his revolutionary introduction of Lunarlon technology in the world of skate, the newly re-engineered Koston 2 offers custom outsole diamond grooves to emphasize complete control for the streets. We caught up with Eric for a quick chat on his 5 favorite features of the new Nike Koston 2, which are offered below. Further insight into the shoe design can be found here.
Sock Liner – Its more anatomically form-fitting, which has helped a lot with my heel pain troubles and arch support. Its much more form-fitting (than the Koston 1) and its paid off.
Inner-Bootie/Tongue – It being all one-piece makes it glove-like. I hate when my feet move around in a shoe.
Heel Counter – The mesh window provides a crash area, which is something I got from running. The heel counter has this window that sort of acts like a break area, so during impact the counter will stay right above your heel, around your achilles to hold with it as it crashes. Its something they did with running (Nike). When you’re constantly running, you don’t want your foot to slide up and down.
Tread – We made the tread a little thicker. It makes the shoe last longer, even if its just 2mm of extra rubber. It helps with stability. People were complaining about the Koston 1 going bald too soon, when it came to the tread. This is helping that a lot without losing any board feel.
Breathability – The shoe has perforations, which are really subtle, but create a cool looking pattern and allow for more breathability. We started playing with different perfs, and when we came upon this slit design, it looked good and become more accentuated as the shoe moved.
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