Summary

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6 reasons to buy

  • Several users appreciate the SB Eric Koston Huarache shoe’s design and stylish look.
  • A good number of people have commented that this sneaker from Nike is comfortable on the feet. 
  • The shoe provides both cushioning and excellent board feel at the same time, one user has said.
  • A reviewer has noted that the shoe’s heel counter and panels provide ample support for the shoe and help to give it a snug fit.
  • One individual is pleased that the shoe has an incredible price for something with a high-end quality make.
  • The color of the shoe got a mention from a buyer, saying the “black colorway looked so clean.”

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers are a bit unhappy about the thin tongue padding that the Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache sneaker sports.
  • A few users have commented that the shoe—a skateboarding version of the Huarache—needs some time to break-in.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache is an attention-grabbing shoe worthy of the Huarache line. The shoe is stiff when worn for the first few times but gradually becomes very comfortable on the feet. It has good cushioning to absorb all impact landings yet feels responsive enough to give the wearer a great board feel.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collaboration: Eric Koston
Collection: Nike SB
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue
Size
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The Eric Koston Huarache features a lace-up closure system for adjusting the fit and a tongue pull tab to make putting on the shoe easier and more convenient.

The TPU exoskeleton in the heel of the original Huarache is replaced with a rubber strap in this version for a more flexible support in the rear. It is the kind of support that resonates with most skaters.

The shoe can feel super stiff at first and breaking-in may take a while.

This low top shoe is a sort of fusion of the modern and vintage. And it gives off a definite sporty vibe. The shoes can be paired with a bright hoodie and track bottoms or jeans.

The SB Eric Koston Huarache features the Nike Lunarlon sock liner, a soft foam that allows the wearer to get lightweight cushioning and bouncy responsiveness. The Lunarlon softens landing impacts without dampening board feel.

The Huarache, one of Nike’s iconic models, was launched in 1991 as a running shoe. It was the brainchild of legendary designer/architect Tinker Hatfield and was named after a Native-American sandal. The shoe’s design was inspired by water-skiing cleaties. Its outside framework and sock-like neoprene lining system was christened as the Dynamic Fit.

The Nike Huarache almost did not see production, but a test run at the NYC Marathon saw lots of runners lobbying for the shoe, which changed Nike’s mind. The shoe was launched with the slogan, ‘Have you hugged your feet today?’ in reference to the way the shoe’s spandex and neoprene sock hugged the wearer's feet.

Following the shoe’s successful launch, Nike soon after released a series of Huarache shoes across different sports and categories, from cross-trainers to basketball. And for the next 26 years, Nike would debut more than ten silhouettes and hundreds of colorways in the Huarache line. Many of these releases became very well-received, and the Huarache quickly became one of the Nike’s most well-known and best-selling line.

Meanwhile, Nike’s skateboarding line has been churning out models for and occasionally collaborating with professional skateboarders since 2002. One such person is Eric Koston, an American expert skateboarder who has previously worked with different companies in designing skateboarding shoes. He signed up with Nike in 2009 and came up with a reinvented SB Dunk. He followed that up with the SB Zoom FP in 2010 before finally launching his own signature shoe in 2011.

In 2014, Nike’s skateboarding line (SB) added another model to its roster care of Mr. Eric Koston—the Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache. This new silhouette took some elements from Koston’s signature shoe and combined it with the popular Huarache model. The shoe featured a seamless suede upper, a Huarache heel strap in rubber for stability, Lunarlon sock liner for lightweight cushioning, and mesh paneling on the tongue, heel, and side for increased breathability.

  • The NIke SB Eric Koston Huarache sneaker has a cupsole construction, which creates superb board feel.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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