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Wear and Tear: Nike SBs That Change Over Time

April 15th, 2014 by / 16

Getting the exact colorway you want sometimes involves a bit of work. That’s the basic idea behind custom sneakers, and there are any number of ways to achieve a one-of-one look. Paint and maybe markers are the most obvious choices, and beyond that, you’re looking at material customization as the next level. Jeff McFetridge’s 2003 Nike Vandal broke new ground in that respect by introducing a cutaway upper that could be tailored to reveal a hidden base layer.

While the Vandal wasn’t on top for long, McFetridge sunk his teeth into the sneaker world by showing how a torn shoe could be desirable. A couple of years later, Nike Skateboarding found a beautiful synergy when they released the first pair of Dunks that would change color as those griptape abrasions intrinsic to the sport started to accumulate. So thanks to the desire for personalized footwear, Nike SB came up with a look that makes the most of those unavoidable scrapes. And with the biggest drop to date coming up in June with the next Air Jordan 1 SB, let’s go back and look through SB’s wearaway shoes:

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16 comments
BackseatJuice
BackseatJuice

Hope this encourages people to wear their kicks

Bub Mac
Bub Mac

he said they look ruined hahahaha

Dj Reality
Dj Reality

I want both of the Js, and still in the hunt for liberties in a 12 or 13

Johnny Javaluyas
Johnny Javaluyas

Okay for all the dumbasses lol.. That's how it's gonna look if you scatrch it, like let's say "when you use it for skateboarding, cause you know it's also a SB shoes" which I think is really cool.

Evan Marx
Evan Marx

These are going to be so sick

Nikes_Jordans_
Nikes_Jordans_

@BackseatJuice  Honestly, I doubt it will.. I'd guess some people are gonna get this, & throw them on right at the store just to see them fade. Others are gonna cop them and keep them in their closet only to take them out for sneaker conventions.

Nikes_Jordans_
Nikes_Jordans_

@Dj Reality  I gotta get a pair of these too. I'm not sure if I want the black or the white, both pairs are sick!

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

Not yet... I haven't wore them enough fa da "green leaves" to show on da toe lol... But 4/20 is right around da corner. So time to break them out



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