Much like the G-code vs G6 article, the arrival of the Koston 2 has us wondering whether it’s better or worse than it’s predecessor. Like any other shoe from Nike, the branding, product and coordination of marketing are all on point and has everyone anticipating the Koston 2. For the most part, the majority of their catalog always seems to gather some type of following. There are kids who swear by the Blazers quality, others who will skate nothing but Dunks and of course, the unstoppable Janoski following that’s taken over since it’s debut in 2009. It’s safe to say that Nike’s product and branding are always in unison when it comes to developing a strong fanbase. Of course, this same formula is withheld within countless other brands but if you’re being honest with yourself, Nike is doing it the best. Everyone of their shoes seem to speak to a type of skater, whether you’re hesh, street, a rail chomper or a park dude.
Since the release of the Koston 1 back in June of 2011, it’s gathered a loyal following like any other model from Nike, the only difference being that the Koston 1 seems to have only been in the limelight for such a short period of time. Strictly as an observation and not fact, it appears as though other models from Nike seem to solidify themselves for a longer period of time before meeting their shelf-space demise. To better understand our point, think in terms of the Janoski. It’s been around since 2009 because it’s functional, durable and fashionable. That’s exactly why everyone loves it. The same, to an extent, could be said about the Koston 1. It’s definitely not everyone’s favorite shoe and by no means will it ever come close to being what the Janoski is, but was coming out with the Koston 2 suppose to help us forget about the Koston 1? Doubtful but the feeling does linger.
This is not to say that the Koston 1 will be going anywhere but it will feel strange finding both models on the same shelf. Choosing which Koston shoe will be a challenge for those looking for a cupsole from Nike but we’ll throw our opinion into the mix and hopefully it’ll help make the process a little easier for you.
After trying out both Koston 1 & 2, we’ve come to the conclusion that they’re completely different. It’s as though no heritage from the Koston 1 was taken to the Koston 2, and no, Lunarlon doesn’t count as a trait carryover considering it’s being used within the CONS program, making it not that special anymore.
So far, we’ve found that with the Koston 1’s you can find a better, more consistent and structured fit whereas with the Koston 2, the sidewalls tend to contort with the weight of your foot. For some, the ability to warp the Koston 2 so easily could mean better things for those consumers with wider feet but for others looking for continued support, we’d recommend the Koston 1 over it’s second coming. The 1’s feel sturdier and stronger in regards to structure. Another uphill battle that the Koston 2 will face is it’s not as aesthetically pleasing compared to the Koston 1. Aside from missing the accent point that the Koston 1 has on it’s outsole, the Koston 2 doesn’t have much to offer but a different colored swoosh. It many ways it’s good and bad. Although the 2 may not appeal to the general consumer because of it’s simple black-white exterior, it’ll probably attract the eyes of a genuine skateboarder looking for that black-white simple skate shoe. As stated before, the two pro models are completely different.
Whether we’re overanalyzing or not, we still find ourselves leaning more towards the Koston 1. Since skating the 2, even though it breaks-in after two days, we just couldn’t adjust to the shoes “loose” feeling but have spoken to people who have tried them and it seems as though opinions on this latest pro model vary on all levels. The most superior aspect of the Koston 2’s is it’s comfort but this probably relates all the way back to how easily the shoe breaks-in. We’ll continue to skate them and keep you guys in the loop about the 2’s progression and whether it grows on us any more.