If you’re a skate nerd to any extent then you might already know about this photo. As in any skate nerd tradition, the month started off by picking up my monthly magazines to gaze through. During the course of aging and being a lot poorer, I’ve learn to fight my temptations of buying every magazine I want. Instead, I strategically pick the magazines that deserve my utmost attention.
While back home, I found some down time so I started flipping through the December 2011 issue of TWS. I ordinarily was just looking for something to catch my eye. For some strange reason, I always start from back to front. So, after reading Mariano’s last words, then flying backwards through the Wieger interview, I continued on my way towards what I would be soon drooling over. Fast forward a couple of pages later, and there it was, the Kellen James pro model shoe from eS. Because I had been flipping through it backwards, I thought I had missed something. Maybe eS was making a comeback or debuting this shoe before shutting down factory production forever? Unfortunately, neither situation was the case. I wasn’t upset but I was.
It’s been some time since eS made the announcement of going under so the skate rat inside of me stopped dwelling, moved on and accepted the reality of the situation. Seeing this photo just made me grieve eS even more because this is what I had been waiting for. I’ve been waiting to see a modern skate shoe silhouette with some technology reminiscent of a 90’s skate shoe. I haven’t seen a skate shoe with a rubber-like toecap (on the outside) since Fallen’s attempt to revamp this technology with the release of the 1996 model back in 2010.
The chance of this shoe coming out is unlikely, and while we’d love to continue to dwell on how sad that is, at least we have this photo as a reminder into what was about to drop- and that might be good enough.