Here’s the scoop on StrangeLove Skateboards x Nike SB Dunk Low
- by Nick Demaria
- April 1, 2020
Nike SB Dunk Low: Iconic Silhouette
Nike SB Dunk Low is an iconic silhouette that’s been around since 2002. Crafted initially to be a basketball sneaker, this is the first design on Nike’s Skateboard line. It was converted from basketball sneakers into skate sneakers through several fundamental changes such as a thicker tongue and Zoom Air cushioning. Nike SB defined the sneaker game and was a catalyst in what later would be known as sneaker culture among skateboarders. Through the years, this Nike shape has always been a canvas for creative and exciting sneaker designs. Nike SB is making a comeback this year, starting with the StrangeLove collaboration. Hip-hop artist Travis Scott has also released his first official skate shoe.
StrangeLove Skateboards and Nike SB Dunk Low: The Perfect Collaboration
As far perfect collaborations go, California-based StrangeLove Skateboards and Nike SB Dunk Low is a match made in heaven. Sean Cliver, legendary skate artist and the creative force behind StrangeLove Skateboards, has clearly put his own aesthetic into this shoe – chaotic, quirky, and always fun. Cliver, along with frequent collaborator Todd Bratrud of Send Help skateboards, worked hard on the design.
StrangeLove x Nike SB Dunk Low
Released on February 8th, this StrangeLove-marked Nike SB features textured or crushed velvet and durable suede uppers. The white base layers, red tongue tag and red swoosh are all crushed velvet, and the pink overlays are all suede. This is an excellent mix of plush and durable. They have the heel area is reinforced, and optional lace protection.
The predominant hues are pastel and red – a great combination of soft pink, melon, and Gym Red. Cliver’s trademark “Heart Skull” logo is embroidered prominently on each heel. There is heart-shaped blue and red confetti on the bottom outsoles, both on the forefoot and heel. It also features a translucent stitched cup sole with a pivot point. Cliver really enjoyed designing the shoes, even though he found the process to be challenging. According to him, it was fun to learn all the bells and whistles that can be added to designing and constructing a shoe. Even though it looks “soft”, it is definitely durable for skating.
These low-top SB Dunk Lows have an incredibly detailed and artfully-themed look. The love theme continues to the packaging. Going back to elementary school days when kids would make Valentine’s cards and boxes, the StrangeLove team created a custom shoebox that contains a card, decals, and a print.