Aside from meeting the qualifications of debuting in 2014, the Supra Estaban is being nominated for S.S.O.T.Y. 2014 because of its unorthodox design, originality and functionality.
If you believe that all skate shoes are boring and unoriginal these days, feast your eyes on Supra’s Estaban model by Stevie Williams. Admittingly, if you aren’t as stylish as Stevie (truth be told, no one is), its going to be hard to pull these off- especially in this colorway but don’t dismiss this model just yet. Since its July 1st release, its gathered a trusted following with DGK’s everywhere and rightfully so. The Estaban’s original design has every right to be admired but what brings it into contention for S.S.O.T.Y. is its high levels of comfort and support. The cupsole in question carried over the sole from one of the most durable shoes we’ve ever skated and as a result, it’s hard to dismiss Supra’s Estaban when talking about Skate Shoes Of The Year.
While RL reviewers are currently skating it, here are some details you should know if you’re curious to pick these up:
-Because its a cupsole, we urge you to go a half-size up in Size.
Ex. If you’re normally a 9 in most shoes, get a 9.5 in the Estaban
-Boardfeel is all there, don’t believe you can’t skate these because they’re a bulky cupsole in the world of thinned out vulc & cupsoles. The Suprafoam midsole makes this cushy shoe even better for high impact skating or comfortable flatground.
-A high vamp and rounded toe make for a flick that follows through on any board, whether you have severe concave or the flattest board around. The bumped out sole makes the board catch the sole before the material (leather in this case) on the toe. This extends the durability exponentially as a result.
More on the Supra Estaban & its results during skating will be revealed when our S.S.O.T.Y. list comes out in December. What’s your pick for Skate Shoe of the Year?