The decision was shocking. No one could believe it and no one had a clue as to where Koston was going after leaving Lakai back in 2009. As one of the most short-lived team additions in all of skateboarding, (no ones got AO beat w/ 3D though) we all wondered why Koston was leaving a brand that fit his entire image so well. Well, before leaving, we found out that Koston and Scott Johnston at Lakai had the intentions of making his iconic Koston 1 model into a skate-able high.
This legendary model, originally from éS footwear, was beloved by all, and is still considered one of the most requested re-releases since éS’ return (aside from the Sal 23). Initially, this model was suppose to stay in sample form, that was until it was sent out to reps everywhere to show. It wasn’t until after Koston’s impromptu decision that every rep was told to cancel their pre-existing preorders from skate shops everywhere.
With only a few samples floating around out there, its clear that Lakai’s Koston 1 High remake is a true rarity. It never received a proper chance to reach local skate shops that confirmed their pre-books and as a result, we’ll never know how well they would’ve done had they reached the market.
If we had to guess, given skateboarder’s overwhelming request for a decent hightop cupsole, this would’ve been a hit. Not only would it have pleased the palate of those looking for a sturdy and protective high top, it also would’ve pleased the older crowd looking to relive some much needed nostalgia.
Was its preventative nature for the best or worst? Who knows…but we can certifiable tell you, we would’ve skated them.