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).
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…
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.