Nike SB x FTC Dunk Low Pro
Arriving as part of Nike SB’s ever expanding Dunk collection, the Nike SB x FTC Dunk Low Pro is a sneaker that pairs Japanese tradition with classic basketball heritage through its remastered low top design. Designed by Kent Uyehara’s San-Fran skate shop FTC, these conceptual skate shoes celebrate abstract creativity at its best.
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Turning their attention to their muse, the Nike SB x FTC Dunk Low Pro finds itself well placed next to designs such as the ‘Hachiko’ referencing Nike SB x Instant Dunk Low and the artisan referenced Nike SB 'Sashiko' Dunk Low as it focuses on Japanese customs at its core. Assigned with an ode to Tokyo underpinning, the silhouette pays creative homage to Japan’s Sento bath houses through its water reminiscent colouring and its quilted towel like texture. Translating to ‘penny bath’, Sento bath house culture remains the epitome of relaxation and refreshment across the four main islands, with this exclusive collaborative release offering an outdoor take on an indoor tradition that dates back over 400 years to the post-war residential housing boom that boosted bath house prominence across Japan.
Known for their community influence and their authenticated 30 year legacy, ever evolving FTC is dubbed as being one of the true epicentres of real skate culture. Originally opening in ‘86 as a tennis and ski shop, San Francisco’s FTC soon came into its own, with their Haight-Ashbury store opening in ‘94 to focus predominantly on serving the swiftly unfolding West Coast skate scene with the gear and apparel it sought. Helping to put iconic hang outs such as the Hubba Hideout and Pier 7 on the map, FTC remains true to its heart-and-soul of the street aesthetic as it pairs old school surf and skate tradition with contemporary necessity. With a collaborative relationship that stretches almost a decade, and with outlets dotted across Sacramento, Barcelona and Tokyo, founder Kent Uyehara is no stranger to Nike SB partnerings, with profiles such as their 2013 ‘Finally’ Dunk joined by other iconic designs such as their 2017 Nike SB Lunar FC Classic and their Embarcadero (EMB) fountain inspired Nike SB x FTC Blazer Mid that celebrated the brand’s 35th anniversary the same year.
Inspired by the pristine nature of Japan’s public bathhouses, the much loved Nike SB Dunk Low undergoes a revitalised remastering in shades of icy white and crystal blue. Textured leather overlays and brushed suede combine across the uppers to reflect the luxuries associated with bathhouse culture, whilst the two tone cupsole is styled with a blue tinted semi-transparent outsole for a creative finish that honours the design’s watery muse. A grippy underfoot tread remains true to classic courtside tradition, with the perforated toe box details providing ample ventilation. Puffy laces secure the padded mesh tongue across the natural arch of the foot, with the yellow coloured terry cloth interior lining styled with reference to quick drying towels and throws. Kanji script embroidery across the inner tongue is mirrored by custom ‘Red Fuji’ insoles that pay homage to the profile’s Land of the Rising Sun association, whilst Nike’s iconic heel script is replaced by bright blue ‘FTC’ embroidery that’s in keeping with the brand’s collaborative tradition. Metallic silver side wall Swooshes seal the design for a premium finish and a subtle reference to the design’s ‘penny bath’ Sento stimulus.
Following on from last year’s release that saw signature skate shoes such as the Nike SB Bruin React and the Nike SB Nyjah Free 2 released in support of Dutch designer Piet Parra’s exclusive team kit collection, the 2021 Nike SB x FTC Dunk Low Pro is joined by a handful of other Dunk reiterations to earn the collection its aptly titled namesake. A predecessor to Pieter Janssen’s 2019 release arrives in the form of an updated Nike SB x Parra Dunk Low, whilst designs inspired by The Unicorn Gundam and from NYC’s Quartersnacks also join the line up to celebrate skateboarding’s debut at the upcoming street and skate competitions.
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This product is sold on an enter draw to purchase basis. The draw opens on Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 17.00PM (BST) and closes on Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 08:00AM (BST). You can enter the draw here.
Winners will be picked on Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 12.00PM (BST) and we will aim to confirm both successful and unsuccessful entries within three hours.
Winning entries will start shipping Thursday 29th July.
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