The most noticeable feature of the éS Arc falls in a spot we’ve seen tackled every which way over the last few years. Never ones to pass on an opportunity to try something new, the designers at Sole Tech provided an interesting alternative to the rubber toecap- thermothane dots along the toe area. It’s undoubtedly the most minimalist exploration of the additional toe protection idea, as opposed to say, the fuller version on the Sesla model.
In the case of the Arc, the elongated one-piece toecap provides extra wear time, micro suede on the collar makes for an extra comfy ride and the leather heel provides additional support. For whatever reason, the insole isn’t removable, but STI open cell foam isn’t to be trifled with. Lastly, recessed panels prevent any abrasion to the laces. Each element of this model is sure to extend the life of any skate shoe, which makes the Arc all the more promising.The Arc is now available via éS and select outlets in black, red or blue for $60. Considering their track record for extremely skateable vulcs, chances are they’re right up there with the best of them.