When it comes to skate shoes, having your own signature Nike S.B shoe is a pretty awesome feat. In fact, only a handful of riders can claim that one (see Paul Rodriguez, Stefan Janoski and Brian Anderson).

This week, two brand new Nike S.B. silhouettes arrived – the  Nike Eric Koston 2 Max and the Stefan Janoski Max. It’s shaping up to be a very good sneaker week all round.

Both are based on their namesake’s signature Nike S.B. silhouette but with a hybrid Air Max 1-meets-Free sole. They feature seamless and breathable uppers making them even lighter and more flexible. Both of these work as well on board or off board.

We’ve got a real soft spot for certain skaters and our man Eric is a top boy. So, we thought we’d take a closer look at the funny man of skateboarding.

Quite simply, Koston is a legend in the street skateboarding world. Renowned for being a world class skater, he’s also credited with inventing a ton of tricks. He’s fearless and will even try out brand new tricks in the middle of a competition.

If that’s not enough, he’s a rider in the Nike Skateboarding Team, has his own clothing line, has had over 30 signature skate shoes with different brands, has starred in loads of skate films and has bagged a bundle of lucrative sponsorships.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. He was born in Bangkok in 1975 but his family moved to Los Angeles soon after. He started skating aged 11 with his big brother and mates. He got the bug and by the time he was 18, he turned pro. That’s a big deal.

From here it was a whirlwind. He won awards, bagged deals, and all along the way he earned the reputation of an innovative and creative rider.

Whether you’re into riding the concrete waves or not, Eric Koston is an impressive character.

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