The Nike Dunk hit the hardwood for the first time in 1985 and was designed with basketball performance in mind. The silhouette expanded on the success of the Air Force 1 by showcasing the design’s versatility with color combinations, especially for college programs. It returned to the market in 1998 as a casual sneaker and was eventually converted into a skater’s shoe with added padding for the Nike SB line in 2002.
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ATLAS X DUNK HIGH SB ‘LOST AT SEA’
The Atlas x Dunk High SB ‘Lost At Sea’ released as part of a collaboration with the Bay Area skate shop. The shoe is inspired by a 1990 incident in which a freighter ship destined for Los Angeles from South Korea lost its cargo during a storm. More than 61,000 pairs of Nikes were lost, eventually washing up on various coasts, notably including the Air Flight 90 in the San Francisco Bay. Drawing from that shoe, the upper is built with cracked off-white leather highlighted by Ocean Fog. The Atlas tongue branding draws from the retro Flight logo, while a pre-yellowed midsole anchors the fit underfoot.
ATLAS X DUNK LOW PREMIUM SB ‘WOLF GREY’
Bay Area skate shop Atlas teamed up with Nike SB in 2015 to release the ‘35MM’ pack, featuring two colorways of the Dunk Low Premium. This pair features a textured black leather upper with Wolf Grey overlays and a dark grey padded mesh tongue. Both the insoles are translucent outsole feature black and white prints from skate photographers Mark White and Joe Brook.
CIVILIST X DUNK LOW PRO SB QS ‘THERMOGRAPHY’
Please Note: QA on these was not ideal and they have been appearing with scuff marks on the heels. The Nike SB Dunk Low Civilist is proof that Nike SB did not play it safe in 2020. This release marked the second time The Swoosh had collaborated with Berlin-based skateshop and brand, Civilist, as the two previously worked on a Dunk High back in 2013.
The Nike SB Dunk Low Civilist packs a huge surprise into a low-cut silhouette. The sneaker features, what at first looks like, an entirely black upper. But when the sneaker is hit by any high temperature source, it morphs into a cornucopia of color. Shades of blue, red, green and yellow appear on the heat sensitive upper material, adding more layers than expected.
CONCEPTS X DUNK LOW SB ‘GREEN LOBSTER’
Nike collaborated with Boston-based brand Concepts to drop a limited edition colorway that is influenced by the brand’s crustacean motifs. The Concepts x Dunk Low SB ‘Green Lobster’ features a green colorway with a durabuck and suede upper in Green Stone, with an understated speckle graphic. The low top also flaunts a white padded tongue for comfort, patterns on the inner lining, and a Zoom Air insert in the sockliner for soft support.
CONCEPTS X DUNK LOW SB ‘PURPLE LOBSTER’
Concepts and Nike SB are back with a new iteration inspired by the ‘Lobster.’ Similar to the three past executions, the Dunk Low Premium SB ‘Purple Lobster’ is influenced by strange color specimens discovered in nature due in part to genetic abnormalities that make their exoskeleton appear in distinct colors, such as yellow, blue and purple. Special details include a plaid pattern on the lining, red and white, and an elastic band wrapped around the forefoot comparable to how lobster claws are secured.