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The Foothills Project is a collaboration between online sneaker resource Crooked Tongues and skate footwear legends éS. Feeling as though a certain safety in the industry has taken the edge out of sneaker design, they’ve created a new shoe from scratch, taking it “back to before the basics”. Tapping a mutual preoccupation with hiking aesthetics, the two brands drew inspiration from the rolling green foothills that form the backdrop of éS headquarters, and coordinated them with contemporary skate shoe styling. At base level, traditional materials were implemented – brushed rubber, pig suedes, meshes, ripstop polyester, weave canvas, oiled nubucks and full grain pebble leathers – and then built on with quick dry linings and correlating colors.

Each of the shoes also gets its own accessory that is sold separately. “The black/purple option is coordinated with a matching 3-layer jacket, fully taped, with a contrasting application on the waterproofed zips that doesn’t compromise the stealthy looks. The brown/orange shoe gets a ripstop cap that riffs on decades of durable headwear. Lastly, the grey/pink shoe matches an Oxford weave backpack – perfect for day-to-day essentials or luggage carry-on.” The full collection is now available at Crooked Tongues and at a very select group of retailers the world over.

In true CT style, the fellows have detailed the entire process on their site in a mammoth editorial. To learn all you could ever want to know about this project hit up

More looks at The Foothills Project by éS x Crooked Tongues after the jump.

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