If there is any group of people that beat up on a pair of sneakers it would be the peeps in the skateboarding community. A lot of what they do with their boards requires their sneakers to take a serious beating…which makes most sneakerheads just shutter at the thought! I remember I saw a kid doing kick flips and other crazy tricks in a pair of Concord Air Jordan XIs in a supermarket parking lot…YES…CONCORD AIR JORDAN XIs…let’s not talk about it! That being said there is often a stigma attached to skateboarder’s sneakers, which is that they are bulking and wide to help them perform their tricks better.


Well…that’s not always the case…introducing the Nike SB Koston 2 Max (Black/Venom Green). WOW…I don’t care what sport you claim you are into…but these joints right here are NICE! To give you some background on this sneaker, it is for a Pro Thai American Skateboarder named Eric Koston who in the skateboarding scene is pretty much a legend. Nike as of recently has been really pushing their SB brand and aligned themselves with some of the best in the business to add some star power behind this brand.


The Nike SB Koston 2 Max (Black/Venom Green) is a sneaker with low profile cushioning and deep flex grooves to make sure it has a good board feel. It is stated to have peferations on the sides of the sneaker that help to minimize irritation, but at the same time maximizing airflow. Like many of the sneakers that have recently been released by Nike this sneaker uses the no-sew technology as well.


It is not too often when you can go the actual Nike website and be able to read up on the sneakers we feature on Air Max Mondays, but luckily for us the Nike SB Koston Max is actually featured on it. Here are some of the benefits that they listed for this sneaker:

  • Clean toe design uses nubuck leather and TPU backing for durability and comfort
  • Internal no-sew construction helps reduce irritation and enhance flexibility
  • Perforations for breathability
  • Low-profile Phylon midsole and Max Air unit for impact protection and cushioning
  • Horizontal and vertical flex grooves for flexibility and natural range of motion
  • Solid rubber pods and herringbone traction pattern for excellent boardfeel
  • Reflective elements for higher visibility in low-light conditions
  • Die-cut EVA sockliner for additional cushioning directly underfoot
  • Low-cut silhouette for nonrestrictive comfort


You can say what you want, but if you are a sneakerhead you can definitely see the great potential in the Nike SB Koston 2 Max (Black/Venom Green). It is not too often you will see a pair of new Air Max that will make heads turn, but these will do the job. One of the things I think we as male sneakerheads really need to pay attention to is the fact that these are very close to the Sole Divas Nike Air Max Theas…yeah I said it! I remember looking at those kicks and catching feelings because they didn’t make them for men…but now I look at Air Max like these ones and see that there is definitely a similarity…what are your thoughts?


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