Nike SB Koston 1
Despite having both his first and second model available at the same time, the overall consensus was that his 2nd Nike SB shoe was rushed…and it certainly performed that way. With little time passing between both models (approximately 15 months), the Koston 2′s came right around the time when everyone was starting to develop a real love for the Koston 1′s. It wasn’t too long after they had completely vanished from the market and those who found solace in the 1′s now had to resort to skating the 2′s. We even gave it a shot. After a couple of sessions with the Koston 2, it began to lose its shape and also earned a reputation as one of the more heat conducting pro models in the skate shoe market. To say the least, the 2′s only escalated our love for the 1′s. The only real salvation here is getting our hands on the Mids in hopes of cutting them down. #HalfCabStyle
Other honorary short-lived model: The Nike SB Challenge Court came and went incredibly fast. If word of mouth is correct, what did the Challenge Court in was its awkward fit. Not even Gino’s flawless skating could save the shoe.
Its impact was felt throughout and the Adidas Ronan earned its reputation as a puffy yet practical skate shoe. As a cupsole, the shoe offered a small but functional side bumper for Ollie protection and a narrow toe for easily flicking any flip trick. Not even within our network of friends could we figure out why the Ronan came and went. Especially in light of how popular it was for years. Our guess was that Adidas wanted room for another staple in their catalog regardless of the Ronan’s success but since then, we haven’t seen another cupsole as popular as the Ronan’s. If anything, their eyes seem to be set on bringing back more vulcanized models, such as their new ZX Vulc.
Other honorary short-lived model: Adidas Campus Vulc. Many of you may not know but the Campus Vulc is retired. Despite the fact that you see it on your shops wall today, it’s been replaced with the new Americana model from Adidas. It was bound to happen after all the changes it went through. Get them while you can and stack up.
As one of the best selling Fallen pro models of all-time, Jack Curtin’s Capitol brought together a unique flare without straying too far from Fallen’s aesthetic. Its undisclosed as to why Jack left Fallen but we did manage to see his 2nd pro model that was due to come out and it did not disappoint. It was a cupsole and had a real tech feel to it. It even featured some glossed mesh panels for extra breathability and resistance towards any abrasion from your griptape. Maybe we’ll be able to feature it in our Rarities section down the line…We’ll keep you posted.
Other honorary short-lived model: Fallen Yuma. Yes, it wasn’t the most conventional toe piece to skate in but you have to admit, there was something about the Yuma that was appealing. Or maybe it was the fact that they reminded you of Ipath Cats…