Size and fit

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.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Material: Leather, Suede
Features: Orthotic friendly / No lace / Removable insole
Colorways: Black / White
SKUs: 51010001531 / 5101000153001 / 5101000153100 / 5101000153145 / 5101000153167 / 5101000153170 / 5101000153177 / 5101000153890

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