Nike SB Dunk 'Incredible Hulk' Cocktail Collection
Nike SB continues to surprise us with their creative collaborations and projects that tap into design, creativity, music and collectives. Forever maintaining the perfect balance between style, innovation and performance, each themed release never fails to cause a stir within the skate and sneaker community and for the start of summer, the Nike SB team have decided to pay homage to the infamous Incredible Hulk Cocktail through a three-part footwear release that includes a selection of colour-focused models.
Known as the Incredible Hulk, Green Eyed Monster, Shrock or Hip and Hen, the cocktail was first concocted by U.S Army soldiers at Ft. Hood Texas in 2003 and caused a stir with its vivid green coloured blend and after-effects that are said to make you feel a similar transformation to the famous fictional superhero. Created from a blend of Hennessy, Hpnotiq and optional Alize, the drink became mainstream after bartender Sean Comb developed the drink and promoted the use of Hpnotiq - a liquor made with passion fruit, brandy and vodka that became famous within the R&B music scene during the early 00’s - at a launch event in New York City to appeal to and be more palatable to men who weren’t initially drawn to the bright blue colour and sweet taste of the liquor. Certainly celebrated more for its look than taste, the cocktail has a strong fan base having remained a favourite within the club scenes and college parties in the US.
The Hennessy inspired Nike SB Dunk Low Pro model incorporates muslin and black colour tones which reference the label design associated with the heritage cognac drink which has a history that spans over 250 years. Originally created by Irishman Richard Hennessy in 1724, the drink is produced in a particular region of France and has become renowned with the rich and famous thanks to its often steep price point. Having collaborated with Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and more recently A$AP Ferg for an exclusive track and cocktail kit, Hennessey adds vanilla and spice notes to the Incredible Hulk which helps to balance out the high level of fruit flavours from the other two ingredients.
In an expressive blue colourway that is renowned with the drink itself, the Hpnotiq colourway of the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro 'blue fury' features blue fury, deep royal blue and crisp white accents within the shoes low-cut silhouette in addition to metallic tabs on the back of the heels. Having appeared in the music video for R.Kelly’s 2011 hit ‘Ignition’ and mentioned in the opening line of Fabolous’ ‘It’s My Party’, Hpnotiq is endorsed by American rapper Fat Joe and has been notorious within club and R&B culture since the early ‘00s. A unique blend of exotic fruit juices, french vodka and a touch of cognac, Hpnotiq is a native New York drink and was created in 2001 by Raphael Yakoby who was inspired to create his own party beverage after seeing a blue perfume bottle in Bloomingdale’s. As one of the best selling liqueurs in the US, the flavour adds a certain something to any cocktail and has been recently rebranded and reintroduced to a new market but for some it has remained a firm favourite since its early days.
Directly inspired by the original Alize bottle, a passion fruit liquor to bring attention to the optional but favourable third ingredient in the blend, the Nike SB ‘Laser Orange’ Dunk Low Pro (PREVIOUSLY RELEASED - May 2020). Featuring flashes of regency purple across the premium, low-cut design which enhances the orange laser coloured suede border around the crisp white leather uppers, colour is at the forefront of the design. Signature Nike SB Dunk detailing such as perforation on the toe box, a highly padded tongue and full length lace up fastening remains, in addition to a Zoom Air unit within the sockliner for impact support and a flexible rubber outsole which has a full cupsole stitch for durability. The use of three distinctive colours gives this design a superior finish and boosts the much-loved Nike SB Dunk Low Pro silhouette which is known for its origins as a classic basketball footwear design that has since been enhanced and modernised to cater to the needs of professional skateboarders. Smooth regency purple Swoosh ticks sit on either side of the side panels and continue around to the heel where silver ‘Nike’ lettering has been embroidered onto a curved tab below the edge of the cushioned heel collar. The same tone of purple continues through the inside of the shoe and can be seen again on the woven tongue label where essential Nike SB ‘Dunk Low Pro’ branding has been added. For an impressive level of grip and boardfeel, the outsole features two different tread patterns with a circular pivot point at the forefoot.
As a concoction of colour across classic basketball inspired designs, this 3-style release from Nike SB taps into SB’s connections within music and party culture and shows one of many sides of the brand that isn’t afraid to be playful.
Please read carefully for purchase details:
Due to the limited numbers of the Nike SB Dunk Low Pros 'Hennessy' & 'Blue Fury' we are making the shoes available via our Releases.flatspot site on a Raffle to purchase basis.
The draw opens on Monday 20th July 2020 at 2:00PM (BST) and closes Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 2:00PM (BST). You can enter the draw here.
Limited to one pair per person. Available to UK residents only, no forwarding addresses.
Winners will be chosen on Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 5:00PM (BST) and we will aim to confirm both successful and unsuccessful entries within three hours.
Successful entries will start shipping Wednesday 22nd July 2020.
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