The Legendary Koston2 is Back! Introducing the eS Two Nine 8

Attention all skateboarders and sneakerheads, get ready to have your minds blown! The legendary Eric Koston's second pro model is making a triumphant return, and it's better than ever. Say hello to the eS Two Nine 8 Skate Shoes - a true masterpiece that combines style, performance, and innovation in one unbeatable package. So, lace up those sneakers and join us as we dive into everything you need to know about this iconic comeback.

Eric Koston

  1. Introduction to Eric Koston:

The legendary achievements of Eric Koston have led to him being dubbed the "Michael Jordan" of skateboarding. Known for his smooth style, technical skills, and innovative approach to skating, Koston has become one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. His contributions to the sport both on and off the board have solidified him as a true icon in skate culture.

  1. Early Years and Rise to Fame:

Eric grew up in San Bernardino, California. He started to skateboard in 1986 at the age of 11 years old when his brother gave him his old skateboard. He picked up skateboarding quickly and later went to a skate camp where he met Eddie Elguera, who realized his potential as a professional skateboarder. He was 15 when we dropped out of school to become a full time skateboarder.

In 1992, Koston moved to Los Angeles where Natas Kaupas got him into the 101 team. In 101, he established himself as a leading switch stance skateboarder. He was finally sponsored and became a pro-skater in 1993 when he joined the H-Street Team.

  1. Impact on Skateboarding:

Koston's impact on skateboarding cannot be overstated. He brought a new level of technicality and creativity to street skating that pushed boundaries and inspired countless other skaters around the world.

In addition to his impressive skills on a skateboard, Koston also played a significant role in shaping skate culture. He’s one of the masterminds behind the S.K.A.T.E. invitational event, a skating contest also known as the "éS Game of Skate," where riders try to land each other's tricks in succession until all, but one player is eliminated. The rules of the challenge were inspired by the H.O.R.S.E. game played by basketball players.

History of the iconic Koston2 shoe

1997 - The one that started it all. The K1 was designed by Don Brown, and remains one of the best signature skate shoes ever. eS re-released it a few years later as the EK-01, updated with their System G2 gel cushioning. Lakai revived the design when Koston signed with them in 2007, a Nike version would be welcome as well. Today eS offers a re-issue the this iconic shoe: One Nine 7.

1998 - The K2 was the second pro model for legendary skateboarder Eric Koston under the eS brand. With Koston's vast knowledge and experience in skateboarding, he collaborated closely with eS to create a shoe that would cater to his specific needs and style. The result was an innovative design that combined both form and function. It's said to be the first skate shoe to feature an EVA midsole. One of the most notable features of this shoe is its unique lacing system. The hidden lace loops provided optimal lace protection while giving the shoe a very nice aesthetic appeal.

What's New in The Updated Version?

  1. Durable Construction

One of the key features of the eS Two Nine Skate Shoes is their durable construction. Made with a combination of premium materials such as, action leather, and mesh, these shoes are built to withstand the wear and tear of skateboarding. The upper has reinforced triple stitching for added durability while the toe cap provides extra protection against grip tape abrasion.

  1. EVA Midsole

The eS Two Nine 8 Skate Shoes features an EVA Midsole, which provides excellent cushioning and shock absorption. They also feature a molded EVA footbed that not only makes them comfortable to wear all day but also helps reduce impact when landing tricks or skating on rough surfaces.

  1. High-Quality Grip

With a 400 NBS rubber cupsole these shoes provide optimal grip and flexibility to help you stay on your board while performing tricks and improve your overall board feel.

  1. Design

In the 90's and early 2000's, the eS K2 was one of the best-selling skate shoes of all time. While building on the classic design, the re-release adds a more modern touch that will definitely please old heads as well as skaters of today.

The Verdict

After over two decades, the iconic shoe is making a comeback with a re-issue that promises to bring back all the beloved features and design elements of the original while incorporating modern advancements in technology.

But don't just take our word for it – we've gathered reviews from skaters who have already tried out the re-issued shoes to give you an inside look at their experience with this legendary skate shoe.

  1. "I can't believe they brought these back!"

One recurring sentiment among skaters who have tried the re-issue shoes is pure excitement and nostalgia. Many were thrilled to see their favorite skate shoe from their youth making a comeback and couldn't wait to get their hands on a pair. One reviewer even exclaimed, "I can't believe they brought these back! I used to skate these all the time in high school and now I feel like I'm reliving my glory days."

  1. "Still as durable as ever"

Durability is always a top concern for skateboarders when it comes to choosing a new pair of shoes. Fortunately, according to several reviewers, the re-issued eS Two Nine 8 Skate Shoes are just as durable as their predecessors. With reinforced stitching and high quality materials, these shoes can withstand even the toughest skating.

Release Date

In celebration of Skate Shop Day 2024, these shoes will be exclusive to skate shops and will be dropping on February 17th. You can place a pre-order through us to guarantee you get a pair. Here's the link:

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