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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $80
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Fit & Sizing

eS SLB Mids are offered in men's sizing only. This ranges from 5 to 14. The measurement is reportedly accurate, and the fit is spot on, so there’s no need for any size adjustment. 

There’s no arch support for these kicks, but since the insoles are removable, customized inserts can easily be fitted in. Perforations on the side panels keep the feet cool inside and well-ventilated. 

Neoprene sockliners keep the feet locked in securely even without having to tie the laces up completely. Tying up the laces, though, will ensure that there is no chance of feet sliding around inside these shoes. 

eS SLB Mid Style

The SLB Mid shoes are undoubtedly 90s skate kicks with their slightly chunky aesthetic and crisp, clean color schemes. The side panel perforations are heavily-inspired by Air Jordan 9s, although function and total look is distinctively eS. 

Full leather uppers are complemented and color-contrasted by suede accents around the edges. Round laces in the same shade as the leather fabric complete the retro look.

These are the kicks to wear in the park to skate, in the bar with friends while chilling over a bottle of beer, to work, and everywhere else where you need shoes that are not just functional but comfortable and stylish as well. 

Notable Features

It’s almost always worth it to buy shoes that take you on a nice trip down memory lane. eS SLB Mids carry a nostalgic vibe that harks back to much simpler days when skate shoes were skate shoes and not overly-hyped footwear.

These sneakers rely more on their detailed construction to provide enhanced skateboarding performance rather than on any technology. The only exception to this are the soles that are from Accel Slims, which employ 400 NBS gum rubber for long-lasting durability.

eS SLB Mid History

Sal Barbier is a goofy-footed American skater who was one of the pioneers of street skating. He invented the Sal Flip and designed one of the most memorable skating silhouettes of all time, the Sal 23. Right after the Sal 23, another fully Sal-designed model was launched in 1996. It was called the SLB, and it had a mid-top profile. 

As expected, Sal’s 2nd signature shoes were a hit, helped largely by their exceptional function, and of course, the neoprene sockliners. Sockliners in shoes may be common these days, but in the 90s, this was pretty revolutionary. In fact, it was only in 1996 that skate shoes began donning sockliners, and SLB Mids pioneered their use. 

In 2012, eS was put into hibernation by its parent company, Sole Technology, so that it could focus on the other brands under it. But good things are hard to keep down and hidden away. Four years after the hiatus, and after massive public clamor, eS returned.

Many of its most requested shoes were reissued including SLB Mids. Much of the build from the 90s were retained although some materials were updated for more long-lasting construction.

Additional Info

  • A few colorways for eS SLB Mid shoes include black/red, white/red, white/green, and black/royal.

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