Nike SB Inverted Pack
A colour-block inspired triple release that takes aim at addressing nostalgic odes to hip-hop culture and distinctive ‘80s and ‘90s aesthetics with its twin-toned ‘speak for itself’ entitlement, Nike SB’s latest ‘Inverted Pack’ release welcomes three unique takes on three highly honoured skate silhouettes - the Nike SB Blazer Low GT, the Nike SB Janoski Remastered and the iconic basketball-rewrought Nike SB Blazer Mid.
With its mood-board undertone and its urbanised sense of modernistic character, the Nike SB Inverted Pack hosts a tech-led inspiration that hails from the colour-changing preferential setting found on most modern-day gadgets and mobiles. By activating the ‘invert’ feature on your device, the refreshing University Gold, Pink Rise and Baltic Blue colourways are transposed into three different dichotomous tones that actively represent Nike’s commitment to sport, its loyalty to skate and its admirable ability to create a double-up design from a single profile. Now a resurging trend when it comes to contemporary desire, colour-blocking and its evolutionary undertone is a mode that has seen constant revival across Nike’s endless remit. Paying homage to mix-mash patterns, pop-art references and ‘colour theory’ rewrites, Nike SB’s VNTG QS ‘Colour-Block’ Blazer pack from 2011 delved deep into the notion of quirky colour combinations that sought a more energised sense of appeal than its usual uni-coloured aesthetic, whilst the more recent Nike SB Blazer Mid ‘77 ‘Multicolor’ release harnesses the appeal of complimentary colour combinations and the brand’s endless ability to transcend generations with its refreshing and ultimately ageless draw.
All equipped with Nike SB’s innovative Zoom Air insole technology for increased boardfeel, structural support and impact resilience, the triptych ‘Inverted Pack’ strikes the perfect balance between artistic expression and all-round skate specific function. All three silhouettes tap into ‘after-dark’ aesthetics with their moody all-black midsole, lacings and interior linings, whilst the low-top signature profiles from Grant Taylor and Stefan Janoski deliver endless strengthening through their cushioned and fortified ankle support system. Durable nubuck suede in shades of Baltic Blue, Pink Rise and University Gold are respectively inverted to deep orange, forest green and sky blue when run through any mobile device’s filter-flipping setting, while crisp black leather swoop-back Swooshes on the Blazer Low GT and Blazer Mid pay striking contrast to their warming, ‘simple but striking’ colour palette. The re-engineered Janoski’s stick to tradition with their embroidered side-wall Swooshes, with each profile remaining ever-loyal to its skate-led intention through the considerate inclusion of reinforced stitchings across high-stress seams, grippy underfoot traction decals and overlaying auxetic-shape trims across the anti-abrasive toe-bumper. OG ‘Nike SB’ tongue labelling and rear-facing ankle panels match the two-tone aesthetic, while their out-the-box character delivers an inspiring spin on the brand’s deliberate approach on a ‘less is more’ way of thinking.
Pairing with the soon to be released Nike SB Dunk Invert High Pro Premium, a creative multi-textured quad-tone profile that carries forward this inventive filter-flipping vibe, the Nike SB Inverted Pack ventures into uncharted territory with its tech-led aesthetic innovation, letting the brand’s pioneering ingenuity and its ode to imaginative originality celebrate skate-specific function and street-led mastery in its rawest form.
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