February 20th, 2014 by Aaron Hope
Nike Skateboarding’s success did more to influence the rise of sneaker collaborations than any other single factor in the first decade of this millennium. The Swoosh finally paralleled its dominance in other sports into legit street cred in the skeptical, once borderline xenophobic world of skateboarding, in large part because it embraced the landscape of independent brands who really made the sport. Today, Sneaker News introduces a historical segment simply called Nike SB Archives with the aim of retelling the most riveting stories from the category during its heyday. Today’s topic – 2005’s Team Manager Series.
2005’s Nike SB Team Manager Series brought together five releases with four established brands plus a fifth from Nike’s own team manager whose ‘Family’ theme signaled that SB was officially inside skateboarding’s inner circle. Included in the set is Diamond Supply Co., Stussy, Real Skateboards, and Alien Workshop, as well as Hunter Muraira, who now serves as Nike SB’s Global Brand Director. Let’s take a look at each colorway and get a sense for what each colorway meant to its respective designer and their respective legacies.