December 12, 2013 BY John Kim
We can’t recall the number of instances we’ve reverently looked back at the history of the Nike SB Dunk and the unorthodox path of travel it took to the status of legends. The shoes acted more like wearable pieces of art that the Nike team riders, skateshops, and artists got to go all out on, utilizing colors and materials that no other shoe at the time even thought of employing. The first two seasons of Dunk drops definitely hold that hero status for being the first of the wave, but it was the silver and pink-box era that really stepped it up in terms of creativity. Shoes like Diamond Supply Co.’s Dunk Lows, the UNKLE high-tops, the Jedis, and the like represent that sick time of SB dominance, but they were treasured more for their probable “one and done” release which made them true collectors items. Recent developments have a high-top version of the aforementioned Diamond Supply Co. Dunk pegged as a future release, and the response has been rather mixed for a number of reasons.
While the possibility of variations of classic SB Dunks was something we could only dream about, it looks like we’re approaching a reality. While there hasn’t been anything solidly confirmed yet regarding the Diamond Supply Co. Nike SB Dunk High (although Nick Diamond did hint at an upcoming SB collaboration), the “Retro” of SB Dunks in different from (i.e. a Low as a High, a High as Low, and so on) has internet chatter at an all-time high. The concept is playful, but it speaks on Nike Skateboarding’s inability to get truly creative with new designs and a refusal to let icons stay icons. What do you think about some of the greatest Nike SB Dunks returning in an altered Dunk form? Or better yet, what do you think about SB going full-on Retro? Get the discussion going in today’s What Do You Think? topic below.