Some new vegan éS skate shoes: Silo SC (white navy), Accel Slim Plus (white black), Accel Slim (navy red)

"We’ll do what the market wants" Don Brown (éS)

Skate shoe company éS has just come out with three new vegan colourways of the Silo SC, Accel Slim Plus, and Accel Slim, respectively. Thank you, éS! Just looking at the logo on the tongue of the Silo SC transports me straight back to the 1990s. Same (almost) goes for the way the soles of the Accel Slim look. Note that the Accel Slim Plus says "Microfiber" which may indicate better quality, compared to cheap polyurethane (cheap plastic) uppers, more like the type of durable vegan suede that is actually as durable as real animal-source suede, the type Etnies (or here) would use or the type Servant used to use - only here it doesn't seem to be vegan suede but rather vegan full-grain leather. I'm not sure, but microfibre suede may be more durable compared to microfibre full-grain leather. I think I will need to try these out. Silo SC first, for me. 


Silo SC white navy

(Note: ONLY this colourway) Check out éS instagram for more pictures.




DESCRIPTION

The beautifully crafted SILO SC is a kickback to one of the top selling colorways of the infamous éS K1 1997. Integrating synthetic leather and mesh for breathability, built on a STI Energy Foam midsole and wrapped within a double cup outsole that éS pioneered for skateboarding in the 90’s. This combination of materials and colors brings emotions of the best times in skateboarding, and will continue to keep this legacy alive.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Item Code: 5101000180/145
Color: White/navy
Features:
  • Inspired by éS heritage
  • High quality breathable mesh
  • STI Energy Foam midsole for supreme comfort
  • 400 NBS rubber Double cup construction
  • Iconic 90’s éS branding and coloring
  • Game changer
  • Synthetic Leather
  • Vegan

COLLECTIONS & TECH FEATURES



Accel Slim Plus white black

(Note: ONLY this colourway)




DESCRIPTION

The premium upgraded ACCEL Plus will be sure to turn heads. This highly demanded style adds sophistication and style on and off the board. The ACCEL Plus Features a velcro strap creating a 360* wrap, suede, action leather [the other colourways have real leather], and STI Energy insoles.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Item Code: 5101000166/110
Color: White/black
Features:
  • Inspired by the Accel Plus
  • Velcro strap for snug fit
  • Energy Foam insole
  • Hidden lace loops
  • 400NBS rubber outsole
  • Microfiber
  • Vegan

COLLECTIONS & TECH FEATURES



Accel Slim navy red

(Note: ONLY this colourway of the "Accel Slim" is vegan - apart from any 100% canvas upper colourways that might exist. Currently I think this is only the "Accel Slim hyper beauty", but check before you buy.) [You can see a video review of this shoe by David Bluetile, a longterm dietary vegan himself, here.]
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Update: 25 July 2021:
I've ordered these from the éS website (éS Europe), and the delivery (from the Netherlands to Germany) was super fast (with UPS). I have very wide feet, and the shoes (as usual with éS, in my experience) fit true to size and are comfortable straight out of the box. Strangely the left shoe is feels a tiny bit tigher (but not a problem) - I think, my right foot (front foot) is wider actually. So, I would rather have expected this with the right shoe. I haven't skated these yet, and they almost look too pretty to skate (always the case with éS shoes really). Probably these will not be as durable (but more comfortable) than the Etnies "Marana Michelin" (vegan: tan gum from 2020; black charcoal from 2021). So, if durability (for skating, inclunding a lot of flip tricks) is your highest priority and you're willing to compromise a little bit on comfort (or you just have more "normal" feet than me), maybe try Etnies. 
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DESCRIPTION

The Accel Slim has rapidly become the most requested shoe for the new generation of skaters. As a refined version of the Accel OG, it is a perfect all around shoe with excellent boardfeel, durability, and comfort. Try some and take your skating to the next level.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Item Code: 5101000144/425
Color: Navy/red
Features:
  • Lycra Spandex Tongue Straps
  • Molded STI Energy Foam Footbed
  • Minimal Tongue and Collar Padding
  • Breathable Tongue Mesh
  • 400 NBS Rubber Cupsole Construction
  • Now With STI Energy Insole
  • Tumbled Synthetic Leat[h]er
  • Vegan

COLLECTIONS & TECH FEATURES




Whoever at éS is behind this, I salute you.


Update: It gets even better ... éS are really making a serious effort to promote vegan skate shoes. And they make this attempt quite knowingly careful, being sensitive to most skateboarders' sensitivity (and conservatism) when it comes to skate shoes. 25 gun salute to Orange County. 

Note: This is the same Tom Asta who had a (pro-?)hunting board graphic on Santa Cruz in 2016.