Etnies High Rise LX Shoe

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we feel that function is, was and always will be a necessity. Lets face it, we aren’t exactly the driest climate on Earth, and though we do love our Authentics’ and our Lunarlon, sometimes we have to focus on the weather at hand: Rain. A whole lot of rain. It bothers a whole lot of people. So why endure 9 months of rain with soggy feet? Just thinking about that makes me mad. There is probably a direct correlation between happiness and having dry feet in the winter. That is why having waterproof shoes is so important. Wet socks are as appealing as the Flu, and probably a cause of it in some cases.

The Etnies High Rise LX Shoes are a perfect example of when form and function hug it out and make a baby. A functional shoe baby with fashion sense. Fantastic. The urban savvy aesthetic pairs well with rugged accents and classic Etnies branding. All of which disguise the incredible comfort and durability of STI Evolution Foam alongside waterproof features. In a nutshell, there is little to dispute. In design, form follows function, and a truly great product, like the High Rise LX, will execute both. When there is confusion, you end up with repeating patterns and crazy make’m’ups… Like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. They are one in the same. Everybody knows that.

Enough already. I’m just trying to illustrate a point. Check out the product video below and pick up a pair of Etnies High Rise LX Shoes here.

Whats New: Nike Skate Shoes with Lunarlon Technology

The search for the most technical skate shoe that doesn’t resemble a space boot has found itself resting on the feet of Nike Skateboarding pro, Eric Koston. Oddly enough the technology that outfits his new Nike shoe with greatness IS a space age, lightweight and responsive cushioning material known as Lunarlon. So technically it’s closer to a moon walking shoe than any other but it is simple in aesthetic and offers the right amount of style.

Seeing as Nike is not your average bear when it comes to net worth, they have the resources to develop a pair of skate shoes like the Erik Koston pro model with technology derived from the observation of astronauts i.e. Lunarlon. If Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong could skateboard they would wear Nikes with Lunarlon. That’s a no-brainer.

That being said, the Lunarlon technology offers skaters something that not only cushions the impact of a large double set, it also lightens the shoe, making it more dexterous and easy to skate in. Think of this new Eric Koston Pro Model shoe as if it were Manny Pacquiao; renowned professional boxer prized as the best pound for pound fighter in the world, arguably. He carries more strength with less weight, thus rounding out the comparison. I could have just said they are lighter and stronger, 30% lighter than Phylon foam to be exact, but that wouldn’t be very interesting.

Moving on, when you consider where skateboarding is today compared to where it was a decade ago, you begin to grasp the necessity of a shoe that offers a lightweight and sturdy construction like Nike and Lunarlon. The progression of skateboarding is pushing skaters to go bigger. Barring any attempt by Erik Koston to jump the Snake River Canyon, he should be good to go with his new kicks.

Check out Lunarlon Technology in the Nike Eric Kosten Skate Shoe and the Paul Rodriguez Skate Shoe at USOutdoor.com.