In first seeing the éS Swift 1.5, the combination of the accent on the ollie area from the Muska model and the big mesh panel branding from the Creager felt refreshing and unfamiliar all at the same time. Maybe it’s the big branding throughout the sidewall that we’ve grown so unaccustomed to. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, it’s become very unpopular to boldly emblazon your brand name on shoe designs, where once it was an industry standard.
Another challenging & risqué aspect of the Swift 1.5 is its hybrid base. When a model from a previous era is reissued, typically it’ll either be focused on a straight up reissue – the éS SLB, for example – or it’ll be a modernized version – the SLB ’97 – but this is a mix of models, which, as shoe nerds, is completely new (which is good).
Maybe that’s what’s so weird about the Swift 1.5. Where some throwbacks only bring to mind two things –
1. How they look compared to how shoes look now…and
2. How they skated
– the Swift 1.5 is a gentle reminder that you can just go skate – making it reminiscent of a tried & true skate shoe. Not for a demographic, not for a season where the hot color is this or that, and not for this region or that coast or this scene or that trend.
You can find it in premium skate shops for $75 and, if your town is crappy enough to not have one, find them on eSskateboarding.com.