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.
(Note: ONLY this colourway)
(Note: ONLY this colourway) [You can see a video review of this shoe here.]
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.
graphic on Santa Cruz in 2016.