Finding Out How The Nike CK1 Skates Before They Drop

The CK1 from Nike SB, on feet POV.

The CK1 from Nike SB, on feet POV.

While the internet has limitless capabilities, let it be known that we never thought we’d received some sneak peek photos and information about Cory Kennedy’s upcoming Nike SB pro model from Chile, but that just so happens to be the case with this post.

Aside from the coverage limitations that are set in place by larger brands at Agenda, we’d have no other way of bringing you information on this shoe if it wasn’t for a fortunate skate rat in Chile that received them from CK himself. Psyched for you and thanks for thinking of us out in Chile.

Okay, now for the juicy part: As our Chilean plug tells us, the new Cory Kennedy pro model is gutted from the inside out as a means to bring you a thin & equally form-fitting skate shoe. Think slip-on with a rubber toe (fuck, that sounds good).


With a lowered vamp, in comparison to the rest of the rubber toe competition, the CK1s look like they’ll flick perfectly.

Aside from that, it’s sporting the trusty Nike SB outsole that we all know and love. Its durability confuses most of us here at RL to this day, but its history of outlasting the upper is undeniable. The predominant feature of this shoe is the ribbed-for-your-pleasure rubber toe cap. Reminiscent of the Converse Jack Purcell, this CK toe is slightly higher and less robust. As it stands now, from skating them, the CK’s rubber toe might give you some blisters due to its narrow shape. We’re optimistic of its break-in potential, but Nike’s esteemed quality has never been one to wear down & become floppy. If the durability within their rubber outsole upholds its integrity, we can only imagine that the rubber toe would do exactly that and never let up in its shape; meaning you’re likely to experience some blistering if you try to squeeze your feet in these. It’s too soon to say obviously but we’re just passing on info that we heard.

The next worthy quality to speak on is the improved insole. It’s hard to say what technical aspects that it actually holds but they look reminiscent of one of our favorites, the Vans pro insoles. Considering the shoe’s thin build, we can say that this shoe, as with the new Suciu pro model, is going to be all insole and no midsole. We’re wondering why this technology is coming back now, but if the resources for a new and improved insole can cut out the need for a midsole, why not…

Wear on the toe, from a Cory's skating himself.

Wear on the toe, from a Cory’s skating himself.

Aesthetically speaking, the shoe can go with any style. From cuffed pants to a DGK-kid style, the CK1’s will conform to any style. As with the look, the durability of the shoe isn’t going to be questioned but we are curious to see if CK’s shoe will stick out amongst the crowd of other rubber toe’s. As of right now, it’s probably the most expensive rubber toe coming onto the market, with an estimated cost of $85-90. Most other ones, from the likes of DC & NB# are actually pushing theirs for a more than affordable $65. Will his name, combined with Nike SB’s technology be enough to have consumers see past the more affordable route?

Keep your eyes peeled for their release later this year.


  1. jasim

    July 25, 2015 10:29pm

    85-90$????? nigga these shoes better save me from heel bruise, ankle rolls, AND arch pains nigga, these shoes better let me erase all my wrong math questions with that rubber toe son, these shoes better make me skate like cory bro, these shoes better have more boardfeel than rowley spvs and more support than the d3 boiiii

  2. Trnn

    July 26, 2015 8:32am

    Why isn’t it a birkenstock

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  3. Steve

    July 26, 2015 11:33am

    Interestkng… How’s the review on the Rowley Solos going? Been a while now since the latest update.

    • Big Baby Jesus

      August 9, 2015 10:50pm

      Agreed. I feel like they have started several reviews and never finished them. The one that bugs me the most is the one for the Emerica westgate. The review started in 2013… I’m still waiting on it to decide whether to get the shoes or not…

  4. elvis

    August 25, 2015 1:42am

    i work at a skate shop so luckily i was able to get my hands on these earlier than expected. this shoe is so comfortable and the toe cap didnt give me any blisters like the Huf Classics did. sure the price is typical for a Nike but its definitely a great shoe

  5. Big Jim

    October 23, 2015 12:54pm

    Skates great, didn’t take long to break in at all. i’ve had em for a few weeks now and they are holding up pretty well, for skating 2-3 hours a day 5 days a week. But i did get blisters on the balls of my feet as well as on the back of my ankle. Dunno why, but will probably get another pair. Although I would love to see the non-QS model go down to like $75-80 however unlikely that may be.