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The Eric Koston Huarache features a lace-up closure system for adjusting the fit and a tongue pull tab to make putting on the shoe easier and more convenient.

The TPU exoskeleton in the heel of the original Huarache is replaced with a rubber strap in this version for a more flexible support in the rear. It is the kind of support that resonates with most skaters.

The shoe can feel super stiff at first and breaking-in may take a while.

This low top shoe is a sort of fusion of the modern and vintage. And it gives off a definite sporty vibe. The shoes can be paired with a bright hoodie and track bottoms or jeans.

The SB Eric Koston Huarache features the Nike Lunarlon sock liner, a soft foam that allows the wearer to get lightweight cushioning and bouncy responsiveness. The Lunarlon softens landing impacts without dampening board feel.

The Huarache, one of Nike’s iconic models, was launched in 1991 as a running shoe. It was the brainchild of legendary designer/architect Tinker Hatfield and was named after a Native-American sandal. The shoe’s design was inspired by water-skiing cleaties. Its outside framework and sock-like neoprene lining system was christened as the Dynamic Fit.

The Nike Huarache almost did not see production, but a test run at the NYC Marathon saw lots of runners lobbying for the shoe, which changed Nike’s mind. The shoe was launched with the slogan, ‘Have you hugged your feet today?’ in reference to the way the shoe’s spandex and neoprene sock hugged the wearer's feet.

Following the shoe’s successful launch, Nike soon after released a series of Huarache shoes across different sports and categories, from cross-trainers to basketball. And for the next 26 years, Nike would debut more than ten silhouettes and hundreds of colorways in the Huarache line. Many of these releases became very well-received, and the Huarache quickly became one of the Nike’s most well-known and best-selling line.

Meanwhile, Nike’s skateboarding line has been churning out models for and occasionally collaborating with professional skateboarders since 2002. One such person is Eric Koston, an American expert skateboarder who has previously worked with different companies in designing skateboarding shoes. He signed up with Nike in 2009 and came up with a reinvented SB Dunk. He followed that up with the SB Zoom FP in 2010 before finally launching his own signature shoe in 2011.

In 2014, Nike’s skateboarding line (SB) added another model to its roster care of Mr. Eric Koston—the Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache. This new silhouette took some elements from Koston’s signature shoe and combined it with the popular Huarache model. The shoe featured a seamless suede upper, a Huarache heel strap in rubber for stability, Lunarlon sock liner for lightweight cushioning, and mesh paneling on the tongue, heel, and side for increased breathability.

  • The NIke SB Eric Koston Huarache sneaker has a cupsole construction, which creates superb board feel.


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