Nike SB Nyjah Huston Signature Shoe
The child skate prodigy turned five-time overall Street League champion joining the three pros who’ve had a Nike SB signature shoe. Here, he shares why this is a huge deal and how his Nike SB Nyjah found the sweet spot between breaking in fast and breaking down slow
I was around 4 years old when I first tried skateboarding. I was so young, but that's literally all I wanted to do. I loved it so much. I never wanted to play any other sports. There was one time, pretty soon after I started skating, that I tried rollerblading. I hated it. I took the skates off so fast and I was so mad. I just wanted to skate every single day.
And now, at 23 years old and two years after I signed with Nike, I have my own signature Nike shoe, the Nike SB Nyjah. Obviously, there's only a few people in skateboarding who have had this, like Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez and Stefan Janoski and they’re all legends. I just feel completely honored to be included in that group.
I wanted two things most out of my shoe, two things that don’t normally work well together. That was immediate break-in and longevity, because I like to skate my shoes for a long time. The front especially had to be thin and close to the foot to give you better connection to your foot and better connection to the board. You need your shoe to feel worn in but still maintain the right flick and just feel right on your board. No one wants a stiff, bulky, thick, puffy shoe anymore.
The solution suggested was a new material rubber upper. Honestly, I was skeptical about it initially. I figured we’d go with suede because that’s what I’ve always skated in. But we tried it. And it turned out incredibly. It’s really thin, so it only takes a day or two to truly break in. But it takes a long time to rip and I think that's important for kids out there. They want to be able to skate in their shoes for a while.
Still, I feel like some people are going to be skeptical about the material, but I think it’s also something people are going to be curious about. And I think it’s definitely what will surprise people the most about the shoe, because even though it’s so thin it skates really well, and it lasts.
And it’s super comfortable...I wanted it to be something that I also love to wear all the time. In the past, I’d have a certain skate shoe and then I'd put on, like, a chill shoe after. I would skate the Blazer Vapor then wear Janoskis when I was chillin’. So, I wanted this to be both.
I've been very involved in the process of this shoe since the beginning, almost two years ago. Two years is a long time. A lot of people have been talking about the shoe and anticipating it for a long time. I definitely feel pressure — I'm sure the whole team does too. I've heard some feedback along the way from the guys who wear-tested it for a while, and I'd always ask them every question possible, like, “Are you sure it's okay? Are you don't feel like this about it?” The responses were always good, but I wanted to be sure.
I’m a skateboarder. Skateboarding is my job. A lot of people don't think about it that way — and it's the best job to possibly have — but it’s still a job. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty used to being watched, to being on camera. And for every contest and competition I just want to go out there and do my best. Working on this shoe was no different.
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