Flatspot’s Top Five Nike SB Quickstrike Releases of 2023
A year in review. Following the final QS release of the year, the Nike SB x Powerpuff Girls Dunk Low Pro, we round off 2023 with a run-down of our top five Nike SB Quickstrike releases. With honourable mentions including the Run The Jewels Dunk release and the April Skateboards Dunk Low, inspiration for this year’s Dunks was sourced from a variety of backgrounds including both community and craft.
5: Nike SB x Jarritos
¡Jarritos, qué buenos son! An ode to the Mexican beverage brand, their iconic little jug logo and their colourful collection of fruity soft drinks and sodas, the Nike SB x Jarritos Dunk Low Pro dropped in May. Wearaway uppers marked their return with the exposable underlayers pointing reference to the refreshing and popular flavours of the drink. Dubbed the best-selling soft drink brand in Mexico, the release mirrored similar beverage themed releases including the Nike SB Dunk Low Premium ‘Starbucks’ from 2016 and the Nike SB Beer Bottle pack from 2012.
4: Nike SB x Yuto Horigome
Tokyo’s ‘hometown hero’ Yuto Horigome’s first Dunk Low Pro signature. Released in August alongside its own Yuto Horigome in Tokyo Nike SB skate part and our own North Devon shoot with Cam Ash, the Nike SB x Yuto Horigome features a clean and muted colourway styled with his crossed-feather insignia and printed cherry blossom insoles inspired by Tokyo’s Ōjima Komatsugawa Park. A highly anticipated release that celebrates Horigome’s undoubted creativity and his recent gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
3: Nike SB x Jordan 4
Arguably one of the most anticipated launches of 2023, the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 released in March as a retool of the iconic ‘89 silhouette. With Nike SB and Jordan collaborations few and far between, the last being the 2019 ‘Lakers vs Bulls’, this Pine Green drop came with a co-designed Flight box, deconstructed leather uppers, Poron inserts and re-designed Nike SB branding. Joined by an Air Jordan 4 edit and masterminded by the likes of Eric Koston and Kaspar Van Lierop, we’re excited to see what may come next.
2: Nike SB x Born X Raised
A tribute to the late Chris ‘Spanto’ Printup and to the vibrancy of Angelon identity. Released in October alongside a creative edit featuring LA natives Freddie Gibs, Eric Koston and Jesse Martinex, the Born X Raised Dunk Low honours grassroot origins with references paid to old Venice memorabilia, film, art and skate culture. Unapologetically honest with a goal of spreading awareness of the city's rich and diverse communities, the drop combined lenticular, holographic and embroidered details with photo-insoles and touching tributes to co-founder Printup who sadly passed in June.
1: Nike SB x Crenshaw Skate Club
Tobey McIntosh’s release from August makes it to the top of our top five list. Another ode to LA with a focus on promoting inclusivity and the importance of giving back to the local community, the Nike SB x Crenshaw Skate Club Dunk Low Pro released with three sets of laces, two interchangeable insoles and referential details inspired by local ABC daycare blocks and LA’s palm trees and 90008 zip code. Crenshaw Square’s oxidised metal sign gave inspiration for the uniquely textured upper with ‘We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For’ quotes acting as a direct reference to Barack Obama. A creative release rooted in promoting accessibility, change and opportunity.
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