éS Sesla – First Look Review

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suede

The Sesla is the newest skateboard shoe from éS and it’s all vegan! What is possibly the most “tech” skate shoe out right now, the éS Sesla has some of the most innovative approaches to creating a comfortable ride with real durability. Did we mention, it’s completely animal-free in both the black and navy colorways? If you’re too excited to read on, jump to the bottom and get yourself a pair. They run a 1/2 size small, so if you wear a 10, you’re going to need a 10.5!

The Sesla utilizes a number of technologies to be one of the lightest skateboard shoes out right now and the one that we want to highlight before we jump in (though we will drill down into a bit more down the page) is the micro-suede toe/vamp.

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe éS website has the material listed as “Premium suede”, it’s a disappointing oversight in marketing, and we’ve been getting a ton of email and direct messages on Instagram about it.  What we can assure readers is, what we have been told directly from éS and SoleTechnology, the shoe is all synthetic, “man-made” materials.éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe “suede” upper is a micro-fiber suede that is NOT animal derived.  No word yet on if the marketing information on the site will change, but “ALL MANMADE MATERIALS” is printed on the shoes, we also have several emails and even a hand written note from éS/SoleTech exec Don Brown to confirm!!!

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeAside from being cruelty-free, one of the benefits of going with animal-free suede is the weight reduction and clean look. The navy model pictured above is a great example of what can be done with a color other then black. éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeSesla isn’t a cupsole exactly, and it isn’t a vulcanized skateboard shoe either. While it definitively is designed for the skateboard, it has some material reference to a running shoe. Most notable in the heal, the STI Energy Foam is branded with a little E+.éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThis provides impact protection much more then a rubber sole can and makes the shoe incredibly light! Walking around your heel feels like you’re wearing super comfy running shoes.

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeMoving down the mid of the shoe is all mesh with a little bit of PU (polyurethane) coating. The massive breathability of the Sesla adds to the comfort but doesn’t leave the mesh open to easier rips in high-impact areas. Even around the outer lace eyelets, you’ve got breathable mesh!

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeDown to the business end of the shoe and a few common points of impact. The toecap is a material éS is calling THERMONTHANE.  The abrasive resistance they say is comparable to urethane skate wheels. While toecaps might be all the rage in skate shoes right now, most are rubber. These seem a little more flick-able for flip tricks, and they just have better style then a big hunk of rubber.   While the footbed and sole are primarily STI Energy Foam, the 400 NBS Gum rubber tread is the same as a traditional skate shoe. Here you can see the grey outsole come up to the side. This gives the shoe some added board grip, protection, and flexibility. The defining difference from a running shoe. éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suede

The sole has a herringbone pattern on a traditional 400 NBS Gum rubber tread. You’re still going to feel the board similar to your last pair of shoes. All be it with some foam in the middle of your feet, rubber, and grip tape.

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe swath of red at the bottom right of this photo is the tongue stabilizing strap. Not only will the tongue not shift around or bunch up, your feet will stay snug and centered.  The collar has some nice medium padding but still maintains a really slim fit. All this adds up to a shoe that really hugs your foot with minimal travel. See that little sticker there with the diamonds and cross-stitch pattern?  It’s a little more assurance for the vegan police of the animal-friendly materials. The diamonds mean manmade. éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe éS Sesla has two ways to lace up. Pictured on the left you can see the outer lace eyelets. Most likely a few of these will be laced out of the box. On the right (and a bit harder to see) are the inner eyelets.  Also check out that super meshy tongue! éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe esthetics change a little bit, but the rope laces will be protected from grip tape damage if you go with the inner eyelets.éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeWe decided to go with the inner-lace system to protect the laces from ripping up. A wise choice and a sleek look! This is a nice shot of the Sesla before skating. éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeSeveral hours of skate sessions later, this is what we are looking at.  Very little toe wear. The foam is chipping a little, but still completely holding form and shape. The very top of the THERMONTHANE in the ollie area is showing a tiny bit of wear, but nothing to complain about.  With about 6 hours in of a typical 20 hours of skating for a shoe review, the Sesla hasn’t even begun to show actual signs of abuse.éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeéS Sesla is an amazing skateboard shoe. It’s so light, that out of the box, you might have doubts about the skate-ability.  However the board feel is incredible. Your feet feel so close to the board that the doubts melt away. The difference between the Sesla board feel and a slim vulc shoe, is closeness without the pain.  For skateboarders in their mid-thirties and above, this is a huge benefit. For the youth, born into this space-age shoe era, congratulations! You can stave off the crippling pain that may will come with high-impact foot trauma.

éS Sesla Vegan Skateboard Shoe Synthetic-suede, no animals harmed, animal friendly, vegan vegetarian faux-suede, micro-suedeThe pointy-er toe is great for flicks and isn’t terribly narrow. While some people may like a boxy toe and the protection of a lot of hard stuff to keep the shoe alive and flipping boards, the THERMOTHANE toecap has some great trade offs. It isn’t hard, so it feels more exacting in your flick. The material is slick and thin but durable. It feels good to kick!

The éS Sesla runs 1/2 size small. The first pair we tried were 10.5 and were just a little too snug. We traded up for an 11 and they fit perfectly. Foot hugging, not squeezing.  So find your size and go up a half. Synthetic materials rarely stretch, so you want to get into the right size your first go-round.

The price of the Sesla is up there. At just under $100, it isn’t going to be a shoe everyone can afford. If you can afford it, you’re getting exactly what the Sesla is, and what éS is billing it as; A flagship shoe!

Finally, éS and SoleTech certainly haven’t forgotten they made a vegan shoe despite a glitch in their marketing material. They have mentioned the Sesla as a vegan shoe several times in their social media posts.  We got word of the shoe about seven or eight months back, and though details had been limited, we were told it was going to be one hell of a shoe. The Sesla did not disappointment. Keep the emails coming if you have further questions. fakie@veganskateblog.com

éS

Black/Grey/Red  size 7-12 $99.99

Navy  size 7-13 $99.99

Kinetic Skate Shop (if you’re in the Philly/Delaware area head to the shop! )

Black/Grey/Red size 8-12 $95.00

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The Broken Board ABC’s

Dylan Goldbeger, Broken Board ABC, focused skateboardDylan Goldberger has an exclusive print on Limited Posters called, Broken Board ABC.  The 16.5 x 23.4 poster is a reproduction of a linoleum block print and shows 26 “focused skateboards,” one for every letter of the alphabet!  Goldberger’s work ranges from blood and gore (as you may have seen in our interview with him)  to the downright whimsical.  This one is for the kids! Even if that kid is a rage filled skateboarder who takes out their frustration of not landing their trick on an innocent skateboard.

Limited-Posters only offers each print for a week, and if they don’t sell at least 15, they don’t start production. So, who knows, maybe they print 15 and you’ll have a super limited print of Dylan Goldberger!   And we have to mention that a portion of the sales go to our favorite organization, Skateistan!

If you’re in the US, shipping and the print is going to run you about $45.00, in the EU about 30 Euro at Limited-Posters.  A bonus for everyone reading this, put “2:1 SPECIAL” in the “Notes about this order” and you’ll get a second print for free!!!

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Servant Loiters

Servant Loiters Vegan Skateboard Shoes Canvas Servant Loiters are a casual vegan skate shoe at a great price! The all canvas upper comes in the usual black, and BLACK Eclips but the Burnt Orange pictured above is a nice change up.

Servant Loiters Vegan Skateboard Shoes Canvas The low profile shoe has barely any padding on the collar, tongue or upper around the toes. Right off the bat, you may even want to Shoegoo the ollie area. The soles of the whole Servant line ofter some great protection though. See our review of the Barnyard X Loiter collab. For $25 it’s hard to go wrong.

Servant Loiters sizes 6-11 $25

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Truth and Power: Ag Gag


Truth and Power, a cable show about people fighting injustice, corporate and government control, will air an episode tomorrow night Friday the 19th at 10pm EST on Ag-Gag laws.  The episode goes into some of the recent history of the law and the animal enterprise act. A federal law that sent several activists to prison and turned the pressure up on would be whistleblowers.

We’ve posted many stories about Ag-Gag and a bit about SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) the clips posted show some of the evidence of how animal agriculture acted along side the FBI and Justice Department to go after activists and keep corporate profits safe.  If you have cable, click here to see if you get Pivot.  I got a chance to see the full episode and would highly recommend it.

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Vegetable Shredder – Christine

Christine Vegan skateboarder vegetable shredder NAME: Christine

LOCATION: London, UK

OCCUPATION: troublemaker

Where do you like skating? Anywhere with good hills/nice tranny, preferably a combination of both!

Why did you go veg? …because it’s the obvious thing to do if you choose not to be wilfully blind…

What is your favorite thing to skate and why? #skateeverything

What shoe are you skating in now? Etnies Marana

Or say whatever you want about skating veg…  Not sure what else to say! I’m vegan and I love skateboarding, punk rock and a million other things. Being vegan can be a challenge while on tour/skate trips, especially abroad!

 

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Thanks for sending in this Vegetable Shredder, Christine! I wonder how one gets into troublemaking work?  Are you veg and shred? Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to fakie@veganskateblog.com  Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)

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C1RCA Essential

C1RCA Essential vegan skateboard shoe canvasC1RCA Essential has one vegan colorway in all white canvas and soles. This vulcanized skate shoe has an ultra thin collar and tongue, but has some extra thick foxing tape at the toe for longer skate life. The Essential has some familiar stylings. Kind of a cross between an Era, Authentic and Old Skool. If it wasn’t for that little C1RCA logo you could certainly be fooled.

C1RCA size 5-13 $64.99

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Vegan Black Metal Chef – Chipotle Crimson Hell

The Vegan Black Metal Chef has two recipes in this episode, Chipotle Crimson Hell!  We haven’t visited this master of the dark culinary arts in awhile and he’s been busy.  VBMC has a new cookbook that is about to hit  shelves and we can’t wait to see it!   In the meantime, get yourself a can of chipotle peppers and make some seitan fajitas and chipotle spiced chili!

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DC Lynx Vulc X Ben Davis

DC shoes vegan colorway canvas Lynx Vulc x Ben DavisThe DC Lynx Vulc X Ben Davis is a vegan colorway wit ha double dose of 90’s nostalgia! DC brought back the Lynx shoe last year. Unlike 1996 it comes in a vulcanized sole and many canvas colorways.  This collab shoe also brings the logo of Ben Davis, the blue collar workwear pants, to the tongue and lining.

DC shoes vegan colorway canvas Lynx Vulc x Ben DavisThe Lynx Vulc comes in an all black canvas upper with a two piece toe-cap and double stitching that is reminiscent to its namesake.  The eyelets and rope style laces are the missing-link to the 20 years old skate shoe.  Then there is the Ben Davis Gorilla!  A lot of people wore Dickies in the 90’s, but that sweet Gorilla holds a special place in 90’s skate culture.  These shoes may be canvas, but wit ha little Shoe-Goo, I’m sure they’re plenty tough.

DC size 4-14 $60.00

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Vegetable Shredder – Tomás Varela

vegan skateboarder veggie vegetable-shredderNAME: Tomás Varela

LOCATION: Pamplona, Spain.

OCCUPATION: Student.

vegetable-shredder vegan skateboarderWhere do you like skating? I love the Del Mar Skatehouse, in Logroño and the Ripagaina Bowl, in Pamplona. I like the spots in my city too but I want to travel and discover new places around the world.

vegetable-shredder vegan skateboarderWhy did you go Veg? One day I just started researching info in the internet and realized that I could live without meat. I changed my food habits and now I feel really good. I’m the only Veg in my home, so I learned to cook too 🙂

vegetable-shredder vegan skateboarderWhat is your favorite thing to skate and why? I love to skate bowls and mini-ramps. I love street spots too, specially stairs, gaps, and I like to be creative and skate rare spots.

What shoe are you skating in now? Some Nike’s that a friend borrowed me. Now I discovered this blog. I’m going to start wearing Veg shoes for sure!

Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg…  (no answer here)

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Are you veg and shred? Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to fakie@veganskateblog.com  Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)

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Marble City Teaser

Marble City, the documentary about skateboarding in Seoul, South Korea, is about to get another edit.  VSB contributor Sean Conley is busy making some final changes and we hope to be seeing this cut soon.  We’ll keep you posted (we’re hoping for a little tour with the doc).  In the meantime, enjoy the teaser!

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