Questions & Rumors: éS Footwear’s Team Relaunch?

Will éS get better over time?

Will éS get better over time?

Can a team of unlikely characters support a brand that once folded, especially when skateboarders are now better at selling themselves in today’s generation of skateboarding?

Speculation happens to be a surrounding constant when thinking of éS footwear in 2014-15. You’d think that a brand with as much history would be more predictable and yet, here we find ourselves wondering what’ll become of éS come 2015.

In 2014, they shocked the skate world with their return back into the skate shoe market. It only seems plausible that come 2015, they’ll be preparing another surprise worthy of everyone’s attention. While nothing’s been confirmed, there’s no question that éS is slowing reassembling a group of ambassadors to represent their footwear. After catching much flack, with good reason depending on where you side, its only right that this legendary establishment in skate footwear form a team. Obviously this is easier said than done. As we all know it, éS was at one point “the” brand in skating. Everything from their team riders to their footwear was innovative, respected and more importantly, trusted. With that in mind, we can’t imagine forming another team to withhold that same message and integrity. As their catalog continues to grow- their latest addition being the Accel SQ aka Square 2, it seems as though éS doesn’t have any other choice but to grow their team alongside their footwear.

Here’s why: Many view the current schematic of éS Footwear to be taking advantage of talented team riders. From the outside in, many have proclaimed that they already made one distasteful move when they sporadically dropped their team back in 2012 but now, they’re following the Quickstrike blueprint (if that isn’t backhanded enough) only to host an unofficial team. We can only question éS so much due to the limited information set in place but with the info we do have, was éS better off dead or in their latest form?

While it remains unofficial, in the event that éS does relaunch a team, here’s what each potential team rider brings to the table. These suspicions are all based on the fact that they’ve shared photos of each of these riders on their instagram aka the most reliable new source at the moment. 😉

One of Ronnie's latest insta posts makes us think there's potential in the future for him & éS.

One of Ronnie’s latest insta posts makes us think there’s potential in the future for him & éS.

Ronnie Creager
He’s the number 1 candidate that skaters have been wanting to see back with éS. If Ronnie doesn’t jump on board with this latest éS generation, regardless of his board situation, we can only speculate that it’ll defeat the entire purpose of relaunching éS. Plus, only the most significant couples get back & stay together. Still praying for Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore. If this comes to fruition, Ronnie might have to follow these guidelines 😉

Kelly Hart
While Kelly shares more similarities with Ronnie than we thought, the duo would easily jumpstart the program onto the right direction. While one has the praise and respect of older skaters everywhere, Kelly would capture the attention of a younger following with the same taste and similar style.

Muska style, with that backpack on. Kellen's always killing it so why no shoe sponsor?

Muska style, with that backpack on. Kellen’s always killing it so why no shoe sponsor?

Kellen James
If you’ve been following the site for some time now, you’ll know that we’ve been waiting for the day where Kellen James could call éS home again. His pro model set a precedent in skate footwear without ever coming out. It was his never-released pro model that captured the attention of those still fondling with their vulcanized footwear. If éS truly does return with a proper team, his shoe has to come out first, otherwise all is lost from the get-go. #HarshButTrue

Wade Desarmo
Perhaps the most surprising suspect in this group of potential skateboarders, Wade D. brings his graceful style and street cred to éS footwear. His name has graced our 2013 list of Skater’s without Shoe Sponsors and while many remain on that list to this day, it’d be nice to see him make it off with éS. If his addition to the team seems a little unorthodox, just imagine how great he would look in a pair of Accels with his baggy aesthetic. Everyone wins if this scenario plays out.

Other notables like Ryan Lay, Tom Asta and Will Fyock have been seen reppin’ éS but at this point, we’re wondering if it’ll go anywhere…


  1. Skater

    November 4, 2014 6:38pm

    Fabrizio Santos is also wearing es shoes!

  2. Andrew

    November 4, 2014 6:50pm

    You forgot about Walker Ryan!

    • Connor

      November 5, 2014 3:54am

      Yeah! How could RL forget the bigspin, switch tre, switch flip bs noseblunt god known as Walker Ryan? Get your shit together RL.

  3. Crazy

    November 4, 2014 8:23pm

    I gotta a feeling they also need someone from the Street League Group if they want to reestablish a team

  4. Tom Waits

    November 5, 2014 7:08am

    Es posted a few pictures on insta with Kerry Getz repp’n their shiz as well.

  5. Lemondrizzle.

    November 5, 2014 7:28am

    Yo Wade D used to ride for Es when he was a youngin’. There’s footage of him skating in access on the internet if you really need to see it. Peep the nollie flip the steps, tre on flat, nollie back heel the steps line.

  6. AdamWanPadawan

    November 6, 2014 5:23am

    Tom Asta would be a Street League guy, duh! Bastien Salabanzi would look really good in them too. Same with Manny Santiago. Those guys deserve a shoe sponsor. Obviously, McCrank would be a guest of honor, right?

  7. Thomas

    November 6, 2014 12:00pm

    Isnt wade om some type of Adidas Canada thing? Has he been skating és recently?

  8. C

    November 6, 2014 12:25pm


    • Tyler Dombrowski

      November 8, 2014 9:30pm

      Hey brah, why all the hate? They deserve a second chance more than about any other company in skateboarding! Like RL says, they were THE skater brand for a long time, best kicks and best riders. Someone’s gotta combat the fag aesthetic of Nike Janoski’s and spray painted on tight skinny jeans. They are making some of the best kicks on the market now. No other brand has the power to resurrect interest like they do. None of this fashion faggot bullshit every other company is doing. Why are they always sold out? People want the stuff! Hate me all ya want, but you should be excited to see a core skate brand resurrected amongst all the outsiders that have entered our community lately!

    • Mammoth

      November 14, 2014 2:41am

      Tyler…You. Are. The. MAN. I could not have said it better in a million years. And YéS (see what I did there?) The world needs ES back! But none of that street league money making bullcrap or selling out. Get some dudes on the team who are just stoked to be doin’ what they love. Get some dudes with style and technical command. Make a skater-in-mind company.

  9. andy

    November 6, 2014 4:00pm

    You for got Tom Asta!
    Also, that picture Ronnie posted the board he’s riding is Girl, maybe going to them?

  10. Anderson

    November 6, 2014 6:23pm

    While it’s awesome that Es is back (sort of), the people running it should fix the product line and distribution before forming a skate team. Their efforts seem half-assed when I look at Es’ product line being not well thought of and a tad inaccessible. I mean, come on, the only good Es shoes out are the Accel and the Accel SQ and, like the rest of the line, they come in mediocre colorways. Plus, the Es shoes out in stores are usually in ridiculously short supply. I don’t know if it’s because STI is manufacturing fewer Es shoes than before or because it’s merely STI’s way of building hype for the brand or both. If this will go on, Es shouldn’t have been relaunched at all.

  11. Moon

    November 7, 2014 2:13pm

    a nice team would be: Creager, Getz, Hart, Asta and 1 or 2 more.

  12. C

    November 12, 2014 3:59pm


  13. T.A.

    November 15, 2014 7:51am

    Ronnie Creager: Better be! Ya’ll can’t tease us like this. Putting Ronnie back on would go far in redeeming eS, which I for one would appreciate.

    Kellan James: Yes please! You’d have an entire county backing you. Plus, his shoe, especially the black-and-gum, really needs to be released to the masses. He’s got the style and talent that O.G. eS had in spades, too.

    Tom Asta: Sure. He’s your Street Leaguer and he’s consistent, so he’ll probably put out a lot of footy.

    Kelly Hart: I think dude needs to give up that pro dream. He seems to be reaching out to the right people so far for eS. Just remember: Slow and steady wins the race. If they shut down again, there is really no coming back from that.

    McCrank: Leave him be at Lakai. He’s obviously in the back nine (or 6) of his career and the Crail Camp has always been good to him.

    Wade: DO IT! Somebody’s gotta hook this dude up. They’d have an entire nation behind them, not to mention the DGK Army.

    Will Fyock: Who? Take a page out of the Robbie McKinley book and change that last name, boy.

    Kerry Getz: He was on back in the day, but seeing how Habitat is making his board for Nocturnal exclusively, I think forever flow would suit him just fine. And he could help get eS back on the feet of some of those Philly heads.

    I hope they’re careful. And strategic. People keep saying they need to pick up the dudes that were on when the company got dropped, but that’s ridiculous. Obviously their presence couldn’t save the situation. Es is a premier brand with incredibly talented skaters with great style. And loyal dudes, too. Watching Menikmati: Those guys could literally do anything on/with their board. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THIS.

    Also, if Cons spurns Jake Johnson, he’s my dream Es dude. He’s brilliant.

    I really really want this to work out properly. That is all.


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