While most of you might be celebrating the return of skateboarding’s most beloved shoe, there is something you must know: they’re not the same as they used to be. Depending on your preferences, this is either terrible news or magnificent. You tell us.
Over the years, the inner ramblings of skateboard nerds and message boards alike have spoken about the éS Accel and its ever-changing fit. This murmuring is only to be tolerated if your love for the shoe is that extreme- but who are we kidding, its the fucking Accel we’re talking about here, of course you care. For those of you who don’t like your fit changed, your vamped raised or any alterations of any kind, this might come as some terrible news to you: the recent re-release of the OG Accel’s might not be what you remembered.
After receiving a pair of 2014 reissued Accel’s, we immediately grew curious as to how they matched up to their previous version. Now, we don’t have the original pair from 1995-96, after all we review shoes, not save em…but there’s always an exception. Once we heard the internal word that éS was shutting down in 2011, we quickly scurried to our local skate shop to grab any remaining pairs of our beloved shoe. Now fast forward to present day, and you’ll find us scurrying through our closet as we stumble to find the aforementioned OG Accel’s.
After trying on the newly refinished éS Accel of 2014, in comparison to pre-hiatus éS Accel’s, we found out the following:
|OG éS Accel||New éS Accel|
|Wider toe||Narrow yet longer toe|
|Larger tongue & collar||Tapered collar & tongue|
|Accommodating fit||More narrow than we remember|
|Softer toe||Harder underlying layer on the toe|
|Relaxed fit||Tighten fit makes us prone to go half size up|
Now, realistically, like any extraordinary recipe, it’ll never stay the same. Whether it be the rooted resources that change/die OR if its a progressive change that adds value to that missing element of the recipe, nothing’s ever the same. It’s just the unfortunate truth, especially when you take into consideration all of the years that have passed since its inception. Fortunately, some of these new changes that we found in the new 2014 éS Accel actually might work in the brand’s and consumer’s favor.
As much as it is our beloved shoe of the past, its clear that these alterations have been done to appeal to a consumer that has never seen an Accel before. We’re talking about the Janoski-generation of kids here. And truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with that. If we had to guess, this era’s Accel could potentially feel like the éS Accel that we know and love after a few intensive skate sessions to break-em in.
Follow the fit guide above and see which option suites you best. Is this change for better or worse?