Skating sensation Nyjah Huston was already hinting at the upcoming Nyjah 2 last year when discussing with Edge the recently released signature Nyjah Vulc shoe. There’s no more hinting needed, as DC Shoes has revealed the N2 by Nyjah this month, less than a year after Nyjah’s last signature kicks.
The three-time Street League Super Crown Champion—at only 20, mind you—kept up the tech-heavy quotient on the N2.
Nyjah’s summer 2014 release balanced aesthetics and performance, he said at the time, looking to find a supporting shoe that looked good off the board. The suede upper that came last summer has returned with the N2, offering suede without much distraction from perforations. A supportive external cage above the suede serves to tie aesthetics to performance.
A brand-new “super rubber” from DC Shoes has 50 percent more durability than conventional rubber, the company says. For Nyjah, who likes to break in a shoe quickly and roll with it as long as it stays supportive, having long-lasting strength has remained a key factor in his line.
“You want to be able to feel your board as much as possible under your foot,” he said previously. “But if you get too old a shoe, you can roll your ankle. You want it to break in quick and last a long time.”
Inside, a special gel heel insert adds extra protection against impact and an Ortholite sockliner and mesh sock aim to improve fit. The outsole features the DC Shoes-patented “diamond pattern tread.”
With Nyjah’s design fascination coming fast and furious, expect him to enjoy the N2—but not for too long.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.