Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many eS Accel OG users cited the durability of the shoes as one of their main reasons for liking them, especially the stitching which lasts longer than three weeks.
  • These are highly comfortable kicks that are much recommended for impact skaters, several said.
  • The chunky, low-top sneakers offer a lot of protection, a good number of testers stated, and the risk of bruised heels and rolled ankles is greatly lessened.
  • A lot of skateboarders claimed that eS Accel OG skate shoes are their favorite skating footwear ever because of the perfect combination of style and function.
  • These are true to size, a few people noted, and the fit is on point as well.
  • Some eS Accel OG reviewers were ecstatic about the “amazing” colorways.

Among the skate shoes from the eS brand, these are grippy, a couple of consumers reported.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoes need some bit of breaking in, a few persons noted, but after that, “they’re golden.”

Bottom line

eS Accel OG sneakers bring back memories of long days and nights skating the city streets. These 90s reissues are still just as good now as they were 19 years ago when they first came out. Many users are astounded with the feel and toughness of these shoes, which last longer than many average skate kicks.

The shoes offer plenty of protection and can help pop out “some of the nicest frontside flips possible,” as one user put it. And if you’re a non-skater, well, the chunky styling is very much on trend.

Facts

Rankings

A top 1% best sneaker
A top rated éS sneaker
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

  • First look | All About Anthony | | Level 1 expert

  • First look | Skate Warehouse |

  • First look | Tactics Boardshop |

  • First look | Ty Moss

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eS Accel OG sneakers boast of a true to size fit so finding your perfect match shouldn’t be a problem. The shoes come in sizes ranging from 5 to 15. They’re designed for men, but women can rock them too if they go down one full size and a half from their normal shoe measurement.

The shoes hug the feet, and the huge, poofy tongues keep the feet locked in place while providing protection from bumps and bruises.

Whether you skate or not, the rise of the beetle-crushers is unavoidable. It’s everywhere from lifestyle shoes to skating kicks. And if you skate, well, consider it a bonus that with eS Accel OGs you’ve got exceptionally functional footwear that’s very much on trend.

  Some style tips

  • Take the eS Accel OG navy/white/red colorway and pair them with white pants, a red long-sleeved sweater, and a blue jacket.
  • eS Accel OG sneakers in black/charcoal or black colorways and pair with loose grey pants, a burgundy shirt, and a red jacket.

Way before the chunky shoe trend started, there was eS and the Accel model. Accel shoes are known for their ultra-technical construction that takes into consideration every need the skateboarder has. The chunky profile is not just for style but to provide enough padding and cushioning that would make any high-impact skater smile.

eS Accel OGs feature STI open cell foam cushioning that, while excellent at absorbing impact, are also good for providing board control and feel. The 400 NBS gum rubber enhances the outsoles’ longevity and toughness.

“Everything a shoe should be for skateboarding,” as one reviewer put it, which may explain why the Accel silhouette remains the eS brand’s most popular silhouette since the company was founded in 1995. The sneakers were some of the first releases of the brand.

The sneakers’ puffy shoe design was an innovation that was not seen much on skaters’ kicks then which were mostly your basic cupsole shoe with suede fabric. And since Accel shoes ticked all the boxes skaters needed in their skating footwear (comfort, function, durability, and style), it was no wonder that these became the skating footwear of choice for many pros. In fact, Accels were just as ubiquitous as blue jeans, and most skaters in the 90s to the 2000s had one or two of these in their closet.

The brand followed up the success of the Accel silhouette with many more memorable models. It was triumph after triumph for eS, not just with its shoes but with the legendary team of riders it managed to gather—Sal Barber, Chad Muska, Eric Koston, and Paul Sharpe, to name a few. However, in 2012, Sole Technology, which owns eS, etnies, and Emerica, decided to put eS on hiatus because the hype surrounding it might endanger its other brands.

The clamor for the eS brand grew loud, and four years after the hiatus, eS came out of its hibernation, all rested up and ready to take on the skateboarding world by storm again. And what better way to do this than by reissuing its most famous model as the Accel OG?

  • eS Accel OGs are available in brown/gum and white/black colorways too.
  • eS Accel OG shoes are for sale at a price of $75.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com