An iconic shoe, skated by a lot of iconic skateboarders over the years. I remember when these came out and people started buying them, there was a pivotal moment when a lot of my friends switched from baggy jeans and És Accels into sweatpants and Nike SB Dunks. I also remember when I first noticed I wanted to try on a pair, it was when I saw Niell Brown slowly destroying a pair of the Carhartt SB Dunks during the day. I also remember my very first pair of SB dunks It was the Wieger Van Wageningen (Piazza) Dunk, to be honest, if felt pretty cool!
These shoes were (re)built for skating but they were being heavily sought after items of streetwear that had more than double the store value on Ebay, Some of us in the skatepark saw their money making potential and where smart enough to stack some boxes of OG SB Dunks under their bed, and are to this day literally sleeping on some money waiting to be made or worn. All I got to say is, it is a great shoe and however Nike SB decides to tweak them they were sick then and they are still sick now and they”ll still be 15-years from now!
In honor of the SB Dunks birthday, the kind folks over at Nike SB created a Nike SB Dunk website celebrating 15 years and a video showing the history of the shoe through the people who skated it. Enjoy!
Text by Roland Hoogwater
Image taken from The chrome ball Incident