Verdict from 72 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc shoe has received high praise from many reviewers who said it feels very comfortable. 
  • The shoe is exceptionally stylish according to a lot of people, one of whom has added that the shoe could go with any outfit because it gives off a simple, classic vibe. 
  • A buyer is pleased that his shoe purchase came looking much better in person than pictured.
  • This shoe from the Nike brand is extremely durable, according to several testers. 
  • Some purchasers find the price reasonable for the shoe’s value.
  • A few say the SB Koston Hypervulc sneaker looks made from high-quality materials.
  • Two people have commended the arch support of this model from the Koston range.
  • A commenter has mentioned that he loves the elastic bands that anchor the tongue to the bottom of the shoe, making it feel like the shoe was made for his foot.
  • The shoe has a defined heel backing, so pants rest on them nicely and don't get tangled up or get dragged under the heels, a consumer has reported.
  • Although categorized as a men’s shoe, the Koston Hypervulc is also great for women, says a female customer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many testers have complained that the shoe needs plenty of time to break in.
  • A few reviewers do not like the shoe’s thick sole, which they say gives the shoe very little board feel.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc is an amazingly comfortable shoe once broken in. It is a durable performance footwear that is trendy enough to be used for casual wear. The arch support is decent, and the foot lockdown is excellent. 

The shoe’s thick sole helps make it more durable yet lessens board feel for skateboarders. But, apart from this and the long breaking-in period, the shoe’s overall value is still infinitely higher.

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Good to know

The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc is a lace-up sneaker with a low-profile build. This low-top construction allows plenty of room for fast maneuvers. An elastic gusset on the tongue locks down the midfoot securely.

The Hyperfeel insole’s arch support is flexible and not rigid, giving support while being comfortable at the same time.

Nike’s SB Koston Hypervulc shoe has a classic and simple style that will go with most outfits in your wardrobe. One can pair it with cargo pants or tracksuit bottoms and a simple tee when skating or with jeans and a sharp polo shirt for leisure wear.

The SB Koston Hypervulc features the Hyperfeel technology, which is a combination of sensitive cushioning, locked-down fit, and a responsive, flexible outsole for a truly efficient ride and skate session. It also utilizes a Vulc sole to give the wearer a superior board feel.

Skateboarding has been around for a long time although it has only been in recent years that it was considered a legitimate sport. The skateboarding market was mostly left untapped by large shoe companies until the early 2000s when they started taking notice of the sport. Nike was one of those who saw the potential growth in the skateboarding industry and in 2002, launched the SB line.

Nike’s SB line initially launched only four iterations of the SB Dunk Lows, but their collection has grown over the years to include more than ten silhouettes and dozens upon dozens of colorways. They also collaborated with professional skateboarders to design new models. One such skateboarder is Eric Koston, a well-known American pro who has worked with Nike since 2009.

Eric first did a reimagined SB Dunk, followed by the Zoom FP a year later, in 2010, before launching his own signature shoe, the Koston 1. Several more signature shoes followed until the release of the SB Koston Hypervulc in 2016.

The Koston Hypervulc features a vulcanized outsole and an upper made of one piece. An elastic gusset is placed on the shoe’s tongue to lock down the midfoot, and a molded sockliner gives the shoe additional support.

  • The shoe has a herringbone tread pattern.
  • The SB Koston Hypervulc features a lightly-padded mesh tongue.
  • This shoe’s collar is slightly more padded than the Koston 3.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.