Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
18 | SUPREME x NIKE SB DUNK LOW
The retro’ing of grail-status Nike SB releases is something that’s been speculated over endlessly via online avenues. There exists a distinct set of folks out there hoping that the legendary makeups of old could somehow be brought back to life, ideally reprising some of the initial excitement from the height of SB Dunk-mania. 2012 finally showed us that it was possible – albeit not in the form of a straight up retro, but rather an evolution of the legendary Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low models.
Where the original Supreme set of Dunks drew a clear line back to the Air Jordan III for inspiration, this pair, ten years removed from the aforementioned duo, seemed to point much more towards its Supreme heritage as a reference. A fire red base was selected in tune with the ubiquitous box logo, while the all-important elephant print sections remained still very much intact. The insoles were also stamped with Supreme’s presence in the vibrant red look, and the pair came equipped with a hang-tag citing their birthplace at the world famous skate shop.
But did it capture the magic of the originals? It depends on who you ask. The thing is that both Supreme and the Nike SB Dunk are very
different animals in 2012 than they were in 2002. Nike SB Dunks, and of course cool-guy sneakers at large, blew up on a major level in the interim years, but overexposure has now left the Dunk model on a downslide of popularity. Supreme also broadened up their fanbase significantly over that stretch, a trickledown effect felt most recently and with great impact from hip-hop collective Odd Future’s obsession with the brand. The heightened awareness and visibility added a hearty helping of fuel to the fire in the past couple of years in terms of enticing a younger generation of fans and leaving many of the longtime faithful less than pleased to share “their thing”.
So for some newer devotees of the church of Supreme x Nike SB, the release was every bit a classic, a moment to be looked back upon when we hit 2022, but for many who’ve been on the bandwagon for a while, the release fell just a little bit short of the mystique from the first go-round. No matter where you lie on that spectrum, there was never a doubt that this Supreme x Nike SB Dunk release would be an event in itself, building up a deafening buzz from the time that those first magazine scans popped up all the way to the around-the-corner lines that formed at the scattered Supreme spots around the world upon their release this summer.
i think the paranormans and the what the kobe should have been in the top ten but other than that this is a dog ass list
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avapkicks speaks blasphemy. Questions, Answers, any of the Pump series. I know this is only your opinion but damn.
I also feel some sort of way that the best release of a signature shoe all year wasn't featured by itself. The KD IV! I dislike every other KD except this one, including the KD V. These were incredibly made, had GORGEOUS colorways, and are the only low top basketball shoes I will ever hoop in because the fit and feel is INCREDIBLE. I can't see how the "Aunt Pearls" or "Gold Medals" weren't on this list representing in their own right! Besides ridiculously limited quantities, and thus leading to huge hype; I don't see how these wouldn't have made a top 15 list let alone a top 30. But hey, that's just my opinion.
Honestly my #1 release of the year was the "Paranorman" Foam. I have copped every limited release and general release foam since 97, and these are the only ones I haven't retrieved; and honestly, it's the one time I didn't feel cheated by either the company (Nike) or retailers as to why I didn't get a release of a particular shoe. It seemed to be an honest and fair raffle on twitter, that gave that patron an extremely well deserved prize for sharing a picture that directly linked to the theme of the product. I submitted plenty of "weird" childhood pics, but understanding that I might not be 1 of the 800 "weirdest" children captured in the world helped settle my disappointment. I haven't even mentioned the craft and beauty of the shoe itself. Next to the galaxy and metallic red it would be my 3rd favorite foamposite. The release was genuine, the theme and idea was genuine and the shoe was simply AMAZING! My favorite sneaker was the galaxy (My favorite sneakers have been foams since they released so I'm extremely bias), but the amount of BS i had to go through and amount of money I had to pay to purchase one pair to actually rock was ridiculous, even though I was and always am willing to do all sorts of waiting, and hours of lines to purchase releases. The paranormans were all positives about a sneaker and it's release, in a world where the "sneaker game" has taken a turn for the worse. It was a huge breath of fresh air on a very recently SUPER HYPED model of sneaker that ranks #1 all time in my opinion.
Personally i think the foamposite galaxies was the best shoe of 2012 not a huge fan of the yeezys anyway
Amazing pictures that showed off of the little nuances that made each shoe special. Overall this was a good list but I would not have included the Lebron X. That shoe still hasn't found its must have colorway. I can't wait until they announce the Black Friday and Christmas Jordan retros.
For real here. Not brand new but a lil shiny to sneaker blog, release thing. Is there any place like Hanon shop. On line or in our country? Why they do all those great New Balance colorways?
Stussy shoe is diffrent. But just in case they gotta slap New York on the back. No hater here I'm a fan of Supreme but enough New York. U dont rule the shoe world. Maybe it's Orgon?
i feel the PARANORMANS was a better FOAM than the GALAXY foams. that slime green on the bottom is better than the galaxys. the green slime smoke screen on the side is dope i mean, the galaxy was dope but i feel the PARANORMANS are better
@AljosaCikojevic galaxy foams are just as hyped homie
and too simple minded to grasp anything of good quality. Award for retros goes to Reebok for 2013, as of quality
u prob only buy retro jordans, soooo coooool. be like everybody else, nike is mind fucking u
You crazy, you not a real sneaker head if you think reebok dont make good shoes@avapkicks
@xavier987654321 its a few out there but their stock wont b that vast and the price will b super high
@Tuddy306 You should go back and start over (Kindergarten, first grade, etc.).
@Qubayza ur so right. Slap in the face. These company's think they can re-release crap and cause a craze. They're prob right. I'm sitn in a little row home w/ 18 yrs left til I own it. Has nuthn to do wit bein a knick fan, when I was a young buck I laughed that shoe. Rember bobo's.well they're back in blue and orange
@Qubayza Your entitled to your own opinion, but must not be from NY or if you did you must have lived under a rock back then. When the Ewings dropped EVERYONE under 25 had them back in the 90's. No internet ,no hype machine... just hard core Knickerbocker fans.
@IgotthatFIRE @Qubayza you are correct about that! i had the ewings back in the day and they was the joints to have in NYC! and that buzz came off of seeing people with them, not like how sneaks now a days are constantly pushed by the companies themselves! but to say ewings are trash you are seriously a rookie in this game