The Accel OG skate shoes helped launch eS to popularity back in 1996. Designed by the original founder of eS, Pierre André Senizergues, this shoe features the supportive Foam Lite 1 insole with internal elastic straps to keep the tongue in place.
- Foam Lite 1 Insole
- EVA Midsole
- Elastic Tongue Straps
- Iconic Accel 400NBS Tread Pattern
- Padded Tongue and Collar
Cupsole - Durable and shock-absorbing to provide the best impact protection against hard landings. Cupsoles generally last longer than a vulcanized sole but don't provide as much flexibility and board feel right out of the box.
Foam Lite 1 Insole - Foam Lite 1 insoles are formulated with Ortholite and provide maximum long lasting comfort for your feet. The insoles also wick away moisture to keep your feet dry and contain a biocide to fight odor.
They feel padded and supportive, yet fairly flexible. I've skated a pair before and they break in pretty easy, especially if you're used to bigger cupsole models. The flick and durability is great on these because of the triple stitched panels and shape of the toe. They take a long time to rip open and even when they start to rip/come apart, the shoe still feels structured. Whereas, one piece toes get all floppy as soon as they start getting a hole in the same area and lose their flick immediately.
My only complaints about the Accel OG are the thin foam insole and the toe box shape. The insole can be removed easily since it is barely glued down, so swapping with one of your choice can improve comfort and support. The toe shape is a little more "stubby" than I remember the Accels from before eS went on hiatus. Some may not have a problem with this toe shape and some may.
Either way, I still highly recommend this shoe for anyone who wants a durable shoe for their money, but isn't sacrificing a lot of boardfeel/flexibility!