Nike and Eric Koston have announced the release of the Nike Koston 3, the latest collaboration between Nike and the skateboarder.
Realized through countless tests and prototypes, the Koston 3 was inspired by conversations between Eric Koston and Nike SB Footwear Design Director Shawn Carboy, who wanted to answer the question “how to land a trick on the first try?”
“Landing his tricks during warm-ups helps him get into the right mindset and ultimately leads to a better day of skating,” said Carboy.
Koston’s attention to detail was central to the design process. The idea for a Flyknit collar, for instance, came from a series of text messages that Carboy and Koston exchanged after seeing the Nike Magista football boot launch in March 2014. Applied to skate footwear for the first time, the Flyknit technology delivers a locked-in feel around the ankle. This helps the athlete feel more confident when riding and controlling the board.
“I’ve been tweaking shoes from the beginning,” said Koston, who has graduated from using duct tape to repair shoes in his youth to now having Nike’s footwear innovation arsenal at his disposal. “I’m always trying to think of ways to make skate shoes perform better. Any sort of advantage gain to the skater by making the shoe better, I want to keep trying to figure out.”
The Nike Koston 3 will be available worldwide starting March 1.