Nike SB 'Sashiko' Dunk Low Pro
Pairing ‘evolution with respect to the past’, these denim Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Premium shoes celebrate premium-quality craftsmanship and authenticated heritage as part of the brand’s latest artisan-referenced ‘Sashiko’ pack. Following up on their recent appointment as skateboarding-sponsors for the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 Games, Nike SB turns to more traditional methods of manufacturing for these vintage, frayed-edge Dunk Low Pros, whilst the design’s court-side character still remains ever-faithful to its OG ‘85 profile.
Translating to ‘little stabs’, Sashiko is a form of ancient Japanese decorative embroidery stemming from the Tokugawa era of 1603 that represents a localised craft born from a desire to preserve clothing and create more sustainable means of insulative construction. Honouring fabrics in their raw form by letting intricacies take the lead, innovative Sashiko techniques fuse form with function to generate naturally-formulated exteriors well-suited to modern-day life. Tapping into such quality-handfeel and unique fabric formulas, streetwear powerhouse Champion and outdoor enthusiasts The North Face have both chimed in to release their own Sashiko-inspired capsule drops, with adidas Originals also releasing their BOOST-midsole Primeknit NMD City Sock 2 in mid-2017 to match such adherences to the traditional Japanese method.
Originally reserved for rich-navy fabrics - tying into beliefs that indigo-coloured dye would protect against insect infiltration - cream hued perforations and cross-stitch trims offer striking similarities to rugged denim styles from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s - an aesthetic that appears to flow full circle when paired with modernised yesteryear skate apparel and footwear. No stranger to such denim mark-ups, Nike SB’s flagship sneaker, the SB Dunk, has become a forever go-to choice when it comes to pairing long-lasting practicality and purpose-built precision with more garish, custom-design artistry. Similarly released Sashiko-esque profiles such as the Bleached Denim Dunk Low and the selvedge ‘Reese Forbes’ Dunk High Denim from 2017 are an ode to upcycled character and re-addressed purpose, whilst the mid-90’s inspired AF2 and Dunk Low from the Denim Pack of 2018 honourably address skate’s colourful transgression across numerous subculture communities. Durable twill-weave composures and toughened textures provide no real surprise as to why denim continues to reappear as a fabric of choice across the reclaimed Nike SB Dunk Low, whilst the natural levels of resistance and reinforced structuring help cater to the exact needs of any rough and ready lifestyle, a characteristic that doesn’t stray far from a trusty pair of jeans.
Re-introduced in 2002 yet continually upgraded to cater to the needs of demanding skate specificity, these exclusive Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Premium shoes in mystic navy fuse patchwork creativity with responsive performance to deliver a truly unique vibe. Keeping things traditional and loyal to its Sashiko Pack roots, soft-suede and regenerative cotton-denim is used to construct the split-overlay uppers, a subtle reference not only to original methodologies but also to Nike’s ‘Move to Zero’ Rawthentic ethos and the rising popularity in upcycled aesthetics. A performance-focused Zoom Air unit completes the heel, whilst a well-cushioned foam sockliner helps supply added comfort and impact-resiliency when paired with any active skate style. The classic, gum-brown outsole honours the profiles carry-forward basketball heritage with its grippy circular tread and its forefoot pivot circle, whilst the creamy-white midsole and full-cupsole stitch delivers exceptional durability inline with its rehashed professional profiling. Exposed intricacies switch out the go-to block-tone Swoosh for a stitch-stacked variant, whilst punch-through toe vamp perforations and arching mirror-foot sewn-in curves across the heel and toe-front side walls promote a hand-crafted sense of appeal. The OG puffy ‘Dunk Low Pro’ branded tongue complements the fully-lined sky-blue padded collar and the rounded interchangeable laces whilst the dark indigo frayed-edge denim hosts its own throwback vibe for added notoriety.
A release based around the notion of respecting the past and the traditions it holds, the Nike SB Sashiko pack arrives alongside matching Japanese folk-craft ‘Shibori’ and ‘Woodblock’ collections for FA20. Inspired by a drive to protect cultural heritage inline with contemporary modernity, Nike SB brings more artisan-inspired methodologies into the mix, whilst their passion for performance and their Olympic-grade quality continues to be addressed.
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