The balance between high- and low-tech has always been something of an uneasy one in skateboarding, with prehistoric classics like the Vans Era sharing shelf space (in both closets and stores) with various overbuilt successors. In recent years there's been something of a detente thanks to a whole new category - sleek shoes that evoked the former despite being fully advanced. Shoes like the Converse KA-ONE, the adidas Lucas, and the Nike Eric Koston 1. The Bruin-like upper is a work of near-seamless minimalist beauty, and the slim midsole conceals a thick Lunarlon insole. There's a sequel dropping shortly, but it's hard to improve on something so well done.
2011 - Nike SB Eric Koston 1