Nyjah Huston planned to spend his summer in Tokyo, dominating the competition on a global stage during skateboarding’s debut at the Olympic Games. However, the man with eighteen X-Games medals (12 gold) and six World Skateboarding Championship titles (four first place) to his name had to pivot when the Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, not all of this year’s changes have been unfortunate ones. Huston and Nike SB‘s new Nyjah Free 2 made its debut in recent weeks — and after HYPEBEAST tapped Huston for an exclusive interview, The Berrics also stopped by the skater’s famed house in Laguna Beach to talk to him about the kicks for the latest installment of What’s in the Box?
Starting the video off, Huston discusses changes from the first Nyjah Free, the most notable of which is a standard tongue instead of a bootie-style fit. The skater notes that he’d received feedback that his first shoe fit too tight on many skaters’ feet, a development that disappointed him. “I’m like ‘Damn, I wanted everyone to be able to wear my shoe’” he says. Huston also states that he feels more safe and secure attempting big tricks in the Nyjah Free 2.
Of courrse, you’ve got to look just as good as you feel when it comes to skate shoes. “When you’re more hyped on what you’re wearing, you feel good about yourself and you just skate better … that’s just how it works” Huston says with a grin. The video concludes with a discussion about more performance features and various colorways — both the two Zoom Spiridon-inspired launch pairs and other forthcoming makeups.
The Nike SB Nyjah Free 2 is available now via The Berrics’ Canteen, and is priced at $95 USD.
In other Swoosh news, Nike ACG has debuted its Fall 2020 collection, dubbed “Mt. Fuji” and featuring bold lava camo patterns.