November 18, 2009 BY Aaron Kr.
The Packer Shoes x Reebok Pump20 collaboration teasers have gotten a lot of sneakerheads excited for this particular installment of the Pump 20th anniversary collection. Aside from just creating a fresh new look for the Pump, the inspiration behind the design has a lot of sneaker collectors buzzing about the fact that NBA legend Dominique Wilkins will finally be getting his own shoe. Back in ’89, Nique was crushing the competition in his OG Pumps, but somehow never had his own signature pair like many of his NBA All-Star peers of the time. Proving that it’s never too late to make things right, Packer will be honoring the Human Highlight Film with their offering to the Pump20 collab collection.
In addition to the Atlanta Hawks color combo, the kicks feature several thoughtful touches paying tribute to the man who brought us so many thrilling moments during his days on the court. The rich white leather upper is accented by several gold embroidered nods to Nique like his number 21, the star and the years of his two Slam Dunk Champion titles on the heels, as well as a “Human Highlight Film” label inside the tongue of the left shoe and a silhouette of Dominique in mid-dunk on the insole. As if that wasn’t enough, the shoe will come with 5 pairs of matching laces to ensure that each lucky consumer will be able to rock the kicks tailored to their own color-scheme preferences. Along with the 31 pairs of Nique Pumps, Packer will also be presenting a matching t-shirt that sports some nice details like replicas of the tongue label tags, Slam Dunk title shout-outs and even a “release valve” on the back.
As previously mentioned, Packer Shoes will be holding a special release event at the store tomorrow night at 10pm, featuring an appearance by Dominique himself. The limited run of 31 Packer Pumps will be available, with 29 pairs of each OG Pump colorway in stock for those who miss out on the Niques. There will also be t-shirts, stickers, posters and the DJ VinRoc mixtape circulating, so anyone coming out will probably not leave empty-handed. Sale of the collaboration Pumps will be first come first serve, so if you are one of the many who are considering these a must-have, you might want to get there early before the “Nique’s” are sold out once and for all. If you’re not in the area, at least you can check out a bunch of detailed images of the shoes after the jump.
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