Rarities: éS Kellen James Pro Model

A never-before-seen Black & Gum sample of Kellen's éS shoe

A never-before-seen Black & Gum sample of Kellen’s éS shoe

After the return of one of the most iconic models of all time, it only makes sense to release a legendary shoe that never was. 

Yes, the Kellen James shoe is still a lingering priority on our list of to-do’s. After crossing off the Accel and the HUF Dylan, we can now move on to what’s at the top of the list.

éS is continuing to make waves, and with those waves comes the ever-growing responsibility of growing a product. Between team additions forming at a slow pace and the limited shoes in their catalog, there isn’t a better time than now for éS to release a shoe that many are familiar with, yet haven’t skated. Also, take into consideration the return of the rubber toe cap. The Kellen James shoe wouldn’t look too out of place in today’s marketplace given the recent acceptance of skateboarding’s staple shoe element of the past.

Obviously, the missing piece of the puzzle is getting KJ back on éS. Who’s to say that he didn’t catch feelings after the brand’s unexpected hiatus…? Whatever the case is, if éS gets KJ back, the future of éS looks more promising than ever. Petition anyone?


  1. ooh...

    August 11, 2014 10:25pm

    i would actually buy these if they came out with them again. i haven’t liked the whole “és swag-camo” thing they have been doing but these would be awesome.

  2. daddy long legs

    August 12, 2014 3:32am

    Always reminded me of the slb 98 and this is an og colorway of it.
    If these were released today, I’d order at least 5 pairs.

  3. C

    August 12, 2014 12:29pm

    Yés !!!
    Petition : Es please stop all that nonsense.
    Out of the game, fired all the team riders and now back with “pack” for Japanese shoe nerds ??
    ARE YOU REALLY REALLY SERIOUS ? Fuck Es and all the wackos who run it.
    Hope Kellen gets a real deal with a shoe co (not Es) HE TRULY DESERVES IT. LAKAI ? Guy Mariano make it happen.

    • Steve Hill

      August 12, 2014 3:04pm

      I completely agree. ‘eS is never going to make up the ground that it once had. The only reason people are talking about them right now is because they’re “new” give it another year and no one will really care (unless they bring back the accel and rebuild a team that has the caliber that the Menikmati team had).

    • Bryan

      August 18, 2014 3:32am

      They already brought the Accel back. They’re 65 bucks at my local shop in the all brown and all black colorways,

  4. Stephen

    August 12, 2014 2:11pm

    This looks 10x better than any new model they currently have.

    • Tyler Dombrowski

      August 12, 2014 7:49pm

      Homie, I gotta disagree! The new accelerates are fire! I will say that the sole from the KJ is what they put on the accelerate, and holy crap is it amazing… almost too good. I do agree with you that these KJ’s are SUPER fire and would buy them in a heartbeat. Clean lines yet still got the ‘tech’ feel…

  5. Mat

    August 13, 2014 5:50am

    now these are niceeee

  6. andy

    August 13, 2014 11:43pm

    this shoe was so ahead of its time, that rubber toe cap and new lynx style stitching on the toe!

  7. Joe Lebano

    August 15, 2014 3:47pm

    These are absolutely beautiful. If es knows what is good for them they will release them as either a returning kellen james pro model (fingers crossed) or as a team model under a different name.

  8. Theflockaweiner

    August 17, 2014 10:18pm

    Not gonna lie this shoe looks 100% at home with shoes currently out. How old is this? 4 years old?

    • Ripped Laces

      August 17, 2014 10:34pm

      Yeah, it’s about 4 years old. It would’ve been the shoe to help reignite the rubber toe cap comeback. Sad to know that it’ll never receive that credibility.

  9. feelingofstoke

    August 19, 2014 5:32pm

    If they can’t get Kellen back on the team, they still should release these… call them the éSLB 15. Get it? But seriously.

  10. Tyler Dombrowski

    August 19, 2014 10:19pm

    Son of a bitch the new release of the Accels already sold out on Active’s website! They weren’t even up for a full day and every single size sold out…
    Can’t lie though I NEED some of these Kellen James’. Such a good looking shoe, and you know it probably skates better than anything on the market today too!

  11. Amy Amir

    August 20, 2014 5:02pm

    Look almost similar to the 98 SLB, it was a great skate back then I had the first slb23 by Etnies, the slb98 and the mid cut slb. If they going to re release all 3 models I would order the full colourway.

  12. matt pm

    December 14, 2015 6:25pm

    I ran into KJ at a cvs one time and asked him about the shoe, and he said he was gonna try to get Osiris to do it but they were bullshittin him (he was wearing Adidas). As much as I like this shoe, it’s hard to tell if it would have brought back the cupsole/rubber toe combo if it came out back then, or of it would have been too early. So far I haven’t seen as many people rock the Marana as i’d like. @Tyler Dombrowski, I didn’t know the Accelerate sole came from the KJ, it’s a great sole. I have like 5 or 6 pair’s of Accelerates.


Leave a comment