Do you remember back in 2000, when Eric Koston dropped the éS Koston 3’s, a skate shoe that looked exactly like a Jordan sneaker? If you were alive back then and/or skateboarding and/or playing ball, then you probably do.
The late ’90s and early 2000’s were a strange time for skate shoes; they weren’t sure what they wanted to be. Contrary to the slim, vulcanized Vans clones that dominate the market today, companies like és, Osiris and Lakai were pumping out beefy (and often ridiculous-looking) skate shoes with a stark urban aesthetic, representative of the culture at that time. Of course, some of these designs really worked, and sold well. At the top of our list is Eric Koston’s éS footwear K3’s. Unabashedly channeling the Jordan design, Koston (himself a huge [Lakers] basketball fan), made a good looking, skateable shoe that flew off the shelves of shops everywhere. They were so popular that they probably caused a huge spike in NBA viewership among the “anti-social, skateboarding Male 18-34” demographic at that time, although we have no data to prove this.
Click through the gallery above to enjoy. And the next time you get a heel bruise from skating in your uber-thin Blazers, remember the plush, comfy K3: a symbol of a simpler time