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.