Details and Questions: Cons KA II

Coming to Skate Shop in Fall '13. $82.50 but you can expect some shops to bring it down to the $79.99 price point.

Coming to skate shops in Fall ’13. $82.50 but you can expect some shops to bring it down to the $79.99 price point.

The KA-One Cupsole is something virtually every reader has asked us about. We’re guessing that there was something about it that had skateboarders put off or unsure to trust it. After reviewing them, everyone started to come around and realized the shoe’s potential. Coincidentally, the 2nd pro model from Kenny Anderson and Converse might be sharing the same story.

In an effort to keep everything fresh, the Kenny Anderson 2 is a complete new take from his previous models. The only similarity that this model has in comparison to his first shoe is that they both share a cupsole foundation. In some ways, there’s even an exception for that. This new cupsole on the KA-II has been dubbed “Flexcup” for it’s ability to easily contort. With that great quality into play, you also have the new addition of Lunarlon insoles to CONS footwear. If you haven’t heard, every model from Converse in the upcoming year will feature Lunarlon insoles, including all renditions of the CTS; meaning low, mid or high. All of this news of having Lunarlon implemented into Converse footwear has got us excited but we can see where some won’t find it as appealing.

Expect to see Lunarlon insoles in the upcoming CONS line.

Expect to see Lunarlon insoles in the upcoming CONS line.

In adding Lunarlon to their skate line, Converse will be letting their lesser quality skate footwear into mainline stores. Translation: the Cons skate shoes that you’ve skated in the past will now be offered and available at Zumiez and any other major market “Mall Shop”. In many ways, skateboarder’s could be offended but in the same instance, we can see others not loosing sleep over this news. The only upper hand lies in giving core skate shops a higher quality product that can appeal to consumers versus the crappy, less than impressive, non-lunarlon Converse skate shoes. In the coming months, we’ll find out how impressed consumers are by another spin-off on a CTS and if giving Converse Nike technology will actually matter.

Also, with consumer’s holding onto their dollar even tighter, will some be willing to spend $82.50 on a new Kenny Anderson shoe…? We think so, but we can imagine that it’ll take some heavy marketing on Converse’s part to do so. A video part wouldn’t hurt either. All the momentum CONS once held a few years ago seems to have faded away, and the likes of that 48 Blocks interview hasn’t made matters that much better for the brand. Can consumers, as well as skate shop owners, ignore the impact of the Anthony Pappalardo interview and carry a product that was once strong but still has the questionable ability to sell? Or will the same short term memory and appeal we hold for skate videos now reflect onto our beliefs and buying power…?

Check-in at your local skate shop soon to find out.


  1. dude

    January 14, 2013 4:36pm

    i aint buying converse anymore after the pappalardo bullshit, that is some shady shit.

    • rob

      January 16, 2013 3:07am

      i couldn’t have said it better myself. it sucks because i think we all would like to support people like Kenny Anderson, and Nick Trapasso but in return most of us don’t want to support cons after what they did. honestly, if cons will make an apology about what happened and would start making his shoes again while paying him then and only then i would buy cons again

  2. cheap sk8

    January 14, 2013 9:59pm

    Kinda look like a Etnies Dc spinoff of a koston sb. Emerica will kill it in 2013, cons maybe not so much

  3. Luis

    January 15, 2013 2:14am

    the pappalardo story should be more on the news every true skater should be embarassed to buy cons im sorry kenny you’re good cons not any more.

  4. Luis

    January 15, 2013 2:18am

    and big brother should come back to show the foul of skateboarding this days. as costumers we need to know what are we buying, i buy pro-models to backup skaters i bought pappalardo’s shoe for nothing any other would do for skating since it aint helped papp’s.

  5. Tanner

    January 15, 2013 3:58pm

    I totally understand the whole not-getting-coverage aspect of the Pappalardo schpeal, but to let him go, and say the shit said, and do what they did, was insanely shady. That kind of opens my eyes as to how Converse is just in it to make money off of skateboarding/skateboarders, they don’t really care to much to support skateboarding itself. Which in skateboarding thats what it comes down to. Quite a shame… I actually enjoyed all the cons I have ever had. For this reason, though, I will not be buying CONS again!

  6. feedmeastraycat

    January 15, 2013 4:02pm

    I would take everything that Pop’s said in that interview with a grain of salt. There’s always two sides to a story, and as much as I back Anthony Pappalardo, me might be somewhat to blame as well.

    • AARON

      February 10, 2013 4:56pm

      That’s what people don’t realize about this story. No company would ever do exactly what he said Cons did. Sure they might have screwed him, but it’s not like he didn’t do anything in the first place.

  7. CMB

    January 16, 2013 12:22am

    Cupsole never worked the first time. Money down the drain.

  8. Jeff

    January 16, 2013 12:51am

    Getting rid of the KA Ones was a bad move. These don’t look nearly as good and remind me of every other shoe on the market now.

  9. Pattycaaakes

    January 18, 2013 6:52am

    Cons did some serious damage to their street cred by fucking with Pops, that dude’s a ledgend yeah I spelled it wrong remember that line he did at Love Switch backtail to regs, noseblunt Pops (yeah another play on words (cause he doesn’t exactly pop out but he doesn’t just come out of the ledge that’s for damn sure) out, than does a nollie heelflip frontside noseslide like a buttery son of a bitch. The dude has been on point for a long time. He did that a long time ago, I think it was in E.S.T. 1 or 2. I feel some slight cognitive dissonance with Cons right now. I don’t think i’ll be buying their shoes any time soon, they hurt somebody that I love.

  10. mallgrab

    February 8, 2013 3:16pm

    ccs and pacsun have been selling converse/cons so what’s new about this mall shop thing?
    ka-2 looks like a cheapened koston 1.
    not digging the stitching around the toe of the outsole. or the wavy panels by the laces.

  11. Aappo

    February 14, 2013 12:10am

    People should spread more the Pappalardo story in every possible forum. That’s some f’d up shit. I Feel like partially responsible for having couple of cons though KA’s. I still wonder would the money that they should’ve paid to Anthony be like crums to that big of a company?

  12. p

    August 9, 2013 6:45pm

    Have a pair and they are insanely comfortable. Hardly have reservations about buying a pair of shoes from a company that dropped a skater for not skating. Should we boycott Chocolate too? Cons also dropped Fowler when he decided not to skate for the camera anymore…but do you see him crying about it in a 4 page stream of consciousness text message? Nope.

    Shoe brands being shady is not anything new…even from the “core” brands. Remember MJ being pressured to skate more like his teammates by Emerica, eventually leading to his leaving? Remember ES dropping Creager for similar reasons?

  13. Chris

    September 25, 2015 3:48pm

    Fast forward to 2015 when nike had some time to fix the cons line and now they are back on top. The KA 2 is perfect for me, can’t wait to get the KA 3.

  14. tomisrad

    November 17, 2017 5:24pm

    2017, converse is killing it still. People forgot about pops and Trapasso. Fowler came back to cons with the purcell, corporate scum still abounds and Nike is still gay.


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