This Scale-Covered Nike Dunk Low Honors Fishing Traditions In Oregon

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Since debuting in 1985, the Nike Dunk Low has gone from performance basketball sneaker to lifestyle staple, abandoning collegiate team colors for an assortment of fashionable and conceptual ensembles in the process. Recently, the late Peter Moore’s iconic design emerged in an understated ensemble inspired by fishing traditions in Beaverton, Oregon.

While unassuming in color palette, the newly-surfaced Nike Dunk makes a statement via its choice of materials. For starters, smooth leather is exchanged with a ballistic nylon that nods to the gear necessary to fish effectively. Suede enters the mix around the forefoot, along the tongue, and across the heel, delivering texture and “warmth” to the pair for the early morning low temperatures in which fisher-people often find themselves out in or near the water. A scale-like finish to the profile swooshes and upper heel panel, however, steal the show, with the former components also boasting a hook modification on the lateral side. The nylon on the tongue deviates from its surroundings in a light blue tone that serves as a “body of water” for the fish logo printed onto the tongue label; the tag also reads “Nike Beaverton 1972,” a message that also lands on the sock-liners. Lastly, sole units underfoot take on a semi-yellow look at its midsole, leaving the traction to revel in a speckled light grey tone that matches the suede above.

Enjoy photos of the pair ahead, courtesy of Instagram user @spicychickenwings, and anticipate a nike.com launch in the first-half of 2023.

For more from the Swoosh family, check out the debut Ja Morant shoes.

UPDATE Dec. 29, 2022:
Another set of images of the pair has been added ahead, courtesy of Private Selection.

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