1996: éS Footwear Gathers Steam

Posted July 29, 2005 by éS

Sal Barbier, Bob Burnquist, Ronnie Creager, Eric Koston, Chad Muska, Tom Penny and Paul Sharpe form the original éS team.

The timeless stylings of Sal, the mind-blowing technical vert skills of Burnquist, the incomprehensible trickery of Creager, the comical antics and unmatched ability of Koston, a new kid named Muska, the elusive brilliance of Penny and the magical pop of Sharpe all make the éS team a force to be reckoned with in modern skateboarding.

Photos above, top to bottom: Tom Penny, Sal Barbier (left), Chad Muska (right), Ronnie Creager.

Eric Koston is Thrasher's Skater of the Year.

éS introduces tongue-centering straps on all models, including Spring newbies like the Elantro and the Ethalon (the first-ever skate shoe with nylon lace loops), plus Fall shoes like the Solist and the Stylus (the first-ever skate shoe with quadruple stitching).

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1996 Headlines

  • The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, is arrested at his Montana cabin.
  • Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.
  • TWA Flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board.
  • The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one and injures 111.
  • The Ramones play their last show ever at Lollapalooza.
  • Rapper Tupac Shakur dies from a gunshot wound.
  • Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found murdered in her family's basement in Boulder, Colorado.


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There's 96 responses to "1996: éS Footwear Gathers Steam"

  1. SLB look really nice. they really should remarket them again. I would buy them.

    Herbie Posted: 9 years ago
  2. Tom Penny at the Santa Rosa Skatepark! That's what I'm talking about. Yes, he killed it.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  3. the koston was the best

    ricky Posted: 9 years ago
  4. is the Accel the exact same design today as it was then?

    Justin Posted: 9 years ago
  5. it is a liltle different

    ricky Posted: 9 years ago
  6. yeah it looks different...i thot the accel was the first es shoe...

    froston kostas Posted: 9 years ago
  7. those poor, poor Ramones...

    i wanna be sedated Posted: 9 years ago
  8. The oringinal kostons look like they had a heel airbag or it might just be a little thingy anyways they should of kept the k1's the old accels look weird though

    Neubauer Posted: 9 years ago
  9. I think the best one on there is the contour. What do you guys think?

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  10. i think the unos look sick and what is in the middle of the stylus thats on the accel

    will Posted: 9 years ago
  11. Is it just me or does the Solist look absolutely sweet?!

    AzFaz300 Posted: 9 years ago
  12. the solist is my second favorite on there

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  13. slb's look sick. Tosh Townend said that santa rosa was his home town park and he used to watch penny and reynolds just come and murder that place. if that isnt motivation than i dont know what is

    Adam Foreal Posted: 9 years ago
  14. accels are the shit i didnt know that they made them that long ago

    wat Posted: 9 years ago
  15. Does that mean my accels could stop bullets because of the kevlar toe cap?
    I was 6 years old then and knew squat about skateboarding, it's cool to look back.

    Dave B Posted: 9 years ago
  16. Awesomeness...

    Mikey Dawes Posted: 9 years ago
  17. Adam Foreal - I've never seen Tosh at the Santa Rosa park and I've been skating there since before it was built. Never seen Andrew there either. So I don't know where you got that info from.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  18. Yeah, the logo on the side of the stylus is on the front of the accel. My best guess is that they were going to use it as like, the éS logo or something, but then scrapped it. But I don't know.

    Tanner Posted: 9 years ago
  19. the accel was the most reponsive shoe the the eS team ever made. now it's like their 10th ann. and it's going so strong that they made the accelerate, maccel and some other new shoes that they will soon have for the 2006 line. that what's up!!

    lynx Posted: 9 years ago
  20. alright, correct me if im wrong but i do believe that Arto Saari was going to come out with a second shoe for eS,(the Arto 2) but it never worked out because he went over to etnies. i say this because i noticed him wearing a pair in Really Sorry, when he backside heelflipped and switched heeled into that bank, (check the video for confirmation). they looked kinda white and black, or dark blue. i also noticed him wearing them in a couple of etnies ads, and im pretty sure theyre not his etnies model. either way they looked pretty rad. i dunno i just wanted to see if that was true that there was a second eS Arto shoe that never came out.

    the dude Posted: 9 years ago
  21. damn B, didnt know accels were out THAT long. that shits crazy. its fresh to look back n see how things started

    truehead Posted: 9 years ago
  22. it's really been out that long and now they can do anything that they want with thwe accels. it's genius!!

    lynx Posted: 9 years ago
  23. I still have the original accel and im skating them[black suede]

    Free Kayo Posted: 9 years ago
  24. but i think they changed the original tounge form from the original

    Free Kayo Posted: 9 years ago
  25. why did chad muska leave the team????????????????????????

    ace Posted: 9 years ago
  26. because of the whole Circa project then he left for reebok. just like stevie williams and the rest of the DGK skate kru the ONLY skate team to be fully on REEBOK

    lynx Posted: 9 years ago
  27. There was going to be a Arto 2 but then he went to Etnies. I've seen the Arto 2 on ebay from time to time. Muska left éS to start Circa. It's pretty rad seeing the old joints I must say. The all black/gum SLBs were so banging. The koston 1's though were the best. That side window was an airbag.

    craig Posted: 9 years ago
  28. BRING BACK THE CONTOUR! That thing looks dope

    Wizard Posted: 9 years ago
  29. first i wanna say that i really dig that colorway on the Koston 1 up at the top. it looks like its navy with a little grey on the midsole, and some orange on the tounge, sooo nice. You guys need to definetly bring it back in that specific colorway.
    also, you guys need to do away with such models as
    "the Murray" and replace it with the Arto. all you have to do is just give it a different name. that would be rad. it would sell like hot cakes. bring back the Arto please.

    the dude Posted: 9 years ago
  30. i was 15 back then, the solist was my second pair of "real" skate shoes (DC rudy johnson 1 were my first) and i loved those damn shoes
    i tried to hang on to them for so long, i even super glued and extra piece of leather on the side so that i could still skate them...
    i remember this other kid at my school had the ethalons, those shoes were so hard looking, just awesome...
    i think this is the best line eS ever came out with...cause as you will see, they came out with some puffy ass, super thick, almost unskateable shoes soon after(cyber, diode anyone??)...
    but this brings back good memories just starting to get really stoked on skating and skating all day and all night, now i'm 25 (still skate though) and i'm still at work
    BTW:I was at lallapoolza to see the ramones in irvine and that wasn't their last show, the played at billboard live (now the key club) a few days later

    Mike Posted: 9 years ago
  31. that accel looks different

    Timo Posted: 9 years ago
  32. Plan_B Posted: 9 years ago
  33. Holy Shit !!!

    Mikey Dawes Posted: 9 years ago
  34. those are bangin

    $00p3r d00d Posted: 9 years ago
  35. Those Sal's are up to a whole dollar!! Looks like they wont sell.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  36. The accel was and still is the best.

    Wes Posted: 9 years ago
  37. the accels look the same just tied tighter

    Kevin Posted: 9 years ago
  38. i've been skating accels since feb/mar of 1996. i bought the first pair as a replacement to the discontinued etnies sal 23. here are the things that are different from then until now:

    1) tongue got fatter/thicker - something i didn't like but learned to live with.
    2) added a nylon heel rub gaurd on the back of the shoe.
    3) slight color differences white/gray for the logos.
    4) added the nylon lace guide with the stylus logo on the toe of the shoe.
    5) slight changes with the sole insert.
    6) i think the size label under the tongue used to be nylon and is now vinyl / plastic (not + on that though)

    more or less the same shoe.

    i bought at least 1 pair of accels every year since that first pair in 96. i tried to switch twice, once to an axion shoe and once to an adio kenny anderson shoe. ditched both pairs within a few days of wearing them and went back to accel. maybe es will read this and ship me a crate of US10.5 black suede/ gum for my small contribution to the market demand for this shoe that keeps them coming out of the factory every year. eh... who am i kidding? i am not tom penny. one can only hope. :)

    i've done almost everything in/with these shoes and they have never let me down.


    tompenny Posted: 9 years ago
  39. man, did i mention that i reallllly dig that colorway of the Koston 1 up at the top. if only you could bring it back, and put some G2 gel in it of course. they'd sell like hot cakes.

    the dude Posted: 9 years ago
  40. i agree with you the dude. i unfortunately never skated a pair of the kostons, jsut the ek01, and from what i heard the ek01s were nothin compared to the old shoes. bummer.

    josh- are you gonna have any kind of part in the es video? how about scuba or some other people related to es that arent on the team? sorry to reask another question if it was answered in another blog...just curious.

    kev Posted: 9 years ago
  41. who made eS?

    moccap333 Posted: 9 years ago
  42. bring back the uno's brohaskis...and the breaker mid tops... and the eos's

    augusta Posted: 9 years ago
  43. can anyone tell me whats with that accel at activemailorder.com its brown and gum, but it doesnt look like the one that is on this site, it looks like nubuck or something? or whatever the pj accel/accelpluses are made of.

    kev Posted: 9 years ago
  44. kev - No I won't have a part in the video. Unless I get some good footage of me eating the biggest shit ever. lol. I'm sure Scuba will get some sorta footage. Not like a part or anything. I don't think they've figured out what to do with the flow guys. Craig might know more about that. The brown/gum accel is suede.

    moccap333 - éS is a part of Sole Technology. We make éS, Etnies, Emerica and Thirty Two snowboard boots. So I guess Sole Tech made éS.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  45. josh - good idea, the es team should all get together and have a food eating contest, pros versus employees. film it and put it after the credits or in the bonus section. haha

    kev Posted: 9 years ago
  46. i think p.rod is mad 2 leev es 4 nike and 2 leev girl

    koston Posted: 9 years ago
  47. i think the color schemes 4 the new accel are cool

    koston Posted: 9 years ago
  48. josh, craig: sorry for driftin off topic here but i was wonderin if this account was created by anyone at the offices at eS, or if someone is simply takin photos off this site n callin em theirs.


    be safe. peace

    truehead Posted: 9 years ago
  49. koston - p rod left es for nike because they were throwing ridiculus contract offers at him and he accepted so his family would never have to worry about money problems ever again, and just about anyone in the world would leave their board sponsor to skate with danny way, the best vert skater of all time and the rest of plan b which is one of the greatest skateboard companies ever.
    i hope the tan accels are brought back soon for i would like to buy another pair

    mike Posted: 9 years ago

    ace Posted: 9 years ago
  51. black/gum SLB's were the best!!

    kneebone Posted: 9 years ago
  52. Man that was a sick 'eS team, back in the days.

    Sutin Posted: 9 years ago
  53. True head- The dude is just taking the pics off the site.

    As far as the extras go on he dvd we took a lot of what you dudes asked for and put it in the DVD.

    Dudes you know the era of the puffy shoe is going to be gnarly. What was that shoe?.....oh...the "Scheme", yikes!

    craig Posted: 9 years ago
  54. craig...
    like i said earlier, eS came out strong with good designs the best team and a good image, you remember right "sophisticated skateboard footwear".... and then the attack of the stay puff eS shoes, yikes! indeed, what was that "bulletproof" shoe called...talk about no flexibility

    oh, and pleas post the grey/white/clear sole koston 1 with the appropriate ad, the half cab crooks half cab out at LA high....timeless

    Mike Posted: 9 years ago
  55. Man that deviantart dude is funny. Copy and Paste the whole eS site while you're at it.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  56. does anybody on the es team write in the blogs like koston or pj?

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  57. nope. not that I know of.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  58. I just noticed that dude with the deviantart site had Craig listed and one of his favorite artist's. I would like to second that. Craig is one of my favorites too.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  59. hey josh p. how can i work for es?

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  60. ToNyXeS Posted: 9 years ago
  61. craig gotta link to gallery or anythin?

    truehead Posted: 9 years ago
  62. When are you bringing out those Penny lows and stuff?

    Dr. Chud Posted: 9 years ago
  63. Hey ToNyXeS, I think i am the only one who rated and comented on your photos.

    Charlie Posted: 9 years ago
  64. Dude Josh...that deviantart dude is totally killing your shit!

    Mikey Dawes Posted: 9 years ago
  65. haha speaking of deviantart. lookie what i found this mornin':

    Booyahkah Posted: 9 years ago
  66. Booyahkah Posted: 9 years ago
  67. http://www.deviantart.com/view/20554200/

    i really needa learn how to work html.

    thatd be some shit if he was really tryina
    act like he was a head at es- n he isnt.

    its be some other shit if he actually is a dude at es.
    i'd feel stupid for a couple of seconds n move
    on but it just sounds odd that they'd have an
    account there

    truehead Posted: 9 years ago
  68. i've been hounding this dude for the past couple of days. i didn't know that ne1 on here would of mentioned this guy. i was gonna do it but then decided not to since i thought it was kinda stupid. I asked him some ?s about tony evjenth and craig metzger, man didn't know shit. i don't think he works for es. he conviently logged out of DA and has been ignoring me lol! but yea i guess i would feel like shit if he was fo real. doubt it though.

    Tsunami Posted: 9 years ago
  69. I see that Craig isn't 1 of esphotoprint's favorite artists any more lol!

    Tsunami Posted: 9 years ago
  70. The only dudes that work here at eS(blog) that lurk in here are: webnerd, cooler, Garry Davis (GSD), Josh P and me. There might be other hotcrew dudes but I'm not sure what they use as their screen names. Some pros stop by here and there. While on tour we checked out this site from time to time.

    Tsunami- not sure what or who you guys are talking about.

    Mike- I totally forgot about the clear k1's..holy shit those were craze'. The puffy era was gnarly and some kids still want shoes like that. I think the shoe you are talking about is the Scheme. The thing was gnarly but so many kids rocked that shoe. I like to call that era the "D3 era". That was that osiris shoe that blew up. Dave Mayhew probably owns a castle now because of that shoe. So gnarly-

    craig Posted: 9 years ago
  71. lol. oh well. just let him keep faking the funk. you guys know what's up.

    truehead - Craig's site is under the links section on the top of the page. keep clicking until you find it.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  72. accel still kickin it

    benny g Posted: 9 years ago
  73. Hey this is off topic but u guys should do a shop interview on Westside Skateshop just wondering or have u already done it?

    Geoffy Posted: 9 years ago
  74. please do one on antisocial the best shop ever.....

    jordanhoffartswaxedeyebrows Posted: 9 years ago
  75. good job with the grey maroon koston 7

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  76. Latest 720 news
    Cobbs moves to arvada, he is sooo pissed
    craig sprains his wrist at westminister park
    Ben still at home on da computa=RPG games the entire summer
    B-dogg still hard at works at B.C.
    Johnny still kills rec park
    720 on the verge of dying
    Sorry no vizzle
    Posted by cobbs

    cobbs Posted: 9 years ago
  77. can some one tell me were i can get a pair of arto 2's?

    G3 Posted: 9 years ago
  78. G3 - The Arto 2 was never released. You might be able to find samples on ebay or something but you probably won't.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  79. yeah u guys should do a shop interview on westside skateshop
    theve been suppotin u guys from the start and the shop owner john montesi would be glad to do it

    eric Posted: 9 years ago
  80. eric u from tarpon, tampa area?

    Geoffy Posted: 9 years ago
  81. Geoffy, Eric,

    Give me Westside Skate Shop's email address and I will do a shop interview with 'em, if they carry éS.



    garry Posted: 9 years ago
  82. Sal on És, wierd... i thought he was to do with etnies (Etnies Sal 23.5's)?

    the g-double o-s-e Posted: 9 years ago
  83. those new silver and black éS shoes are niiiice.. make a blog already.. :)

    $00p3r d00d Posted: 9 years ago
  84. the g-double o-s-e -

    I think he started off on Etnies, then made the Sal's, then joined eS, then went back to Etnies..

    I think.. =/

    Mr. Gallon Posted: 9 years ago
  85. Garry just go to www.westsideskateshop.com and they got their address and phone numbers

    Geoffy Posted: 9 years ago
  86. Hey i had the cybers and they were awesome, they werent that chunky at all. in fact they were much like the koston 2s.

    D-1000 Posted: 9 years ago
  87. please dudes bring back those dope SLB's they kick ass!

    alex parsons (england!!) Posted: 9 years ago
  88. dude im diggin those high top SLB's

    timo Posted: 9 years ago
  89. hey josh p or craig what does es stand for

    CODY Posted: 9 years ago
  90. i dont think 'eS stands for anything. if any one knows otherwise than say so.


    gavin Posted: 9 years ago
  91. does anyone know when the cradle shoe is going to be avalible to the U.S.

    Rizzolopogus Posted: 9 years ago
  92. I'm not giving out answers for the contest.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  93. That is a really sick team who knew that all of the rides would blow up like they did

    Tom Rocks Posted: 9 years ago
  94. Get p rod back in he sssooooo goood

    fellow stranger christof Posted: 9 years ago
  95. man ronnie creager on es before - too sick but now hes on etnies.

    JOHN Posted: 9 years ago
  96. get them eos, kostons, k3s, muskas and creagers back NOW

    kevin chalmers Posted: 9 years ago

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