For anyone who is a fan of the Nike SB line, it is safe to say this year has been one of the best for dunks in last few years. After the gold box era, many fans of the Nike SB genre were left wondering if Nike still had original ideas and designs they could bring to life on the Nike dunk series. With a decline in not only colorways, but also on the materials the SB department was using on dunks, the interest in the once dominate SB dunks suffered a huge decline. Skip past a few years of mediocre releases with the occasional hit and we find ourselves in early 2014, where it seems Nike SB is holding nothing back, it seems as if the people in charge at Nike SB decided once again to dig deep for original concepts and colorways that could bring a following back to the once beloved line. Nike started 2014 off on a high note with the release of the "Chinese New Year" dunk high, also known as the "Year of the horse" dunk to some, an all red suede dunk high that featured gold accents. The Nike SB "YOTH" dunk high used this traditional Chinese color scheme to pay homage to the celebration of the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. The "YOTH" dunk high was well received by the masses due to not only a great overall colorway, but the hype that seems to be placed on any, and all red sneakers since the whole red october Yeezy 2 hype began.
With the success of the Nike SB dunk high "Year Of The Horse", Nike didn't waste any time looking to Chinese culture for inspiration again, this time it came in the form of a low top dunk. The "Beijing" dunk low found its way to Asia first, before eventually making its way across the pond to US skateshops and Nikestores. The "Beijing" dunk low was released both online at Nikestore and in-store at Nike SB retailers across the country back on September 13th, in which it pretty much sold out immediately. Thankfully I was able to secure a pair of the "Beijing" dunk low without much of a problem thanks to the team at my local shop, Seasons Skate Shop in Albany, NY. The "Beijing" dunk is extremely nice and yet another well executed quickstrike from the guys over at Nike SB. The shoe is comprised of a primarily black and grey textured upper, which features the use of mismatched panels to create a truly unique pair inside of every box, making each and every pair a 1 of 1. Nike continued to pay homage to the Chinese culture with the use of red and gold accents on not only the swoosh but the heel, tongue tag and insole also. While the "Beijing" dunk low isn't the first dunk to draw inspiration from the famed city in China, it is part of a long line of some great, uniquely designed dunks that also include a couple of dunk lows inspired by the city of Shanghai, a set of 3 dunks that drew inspiration from Maneki-Neko, known by most as the Money Cat, and the prior mentioned "Year of The Horse" dunk.
Now that you have some background information on not only the newly released "Beijing" dunk low but Nike's long list of Chinese inspired releases, feel free to enjoy some high quality photos I shot of the Nike SB "Beijing" Dunk Low on a gorgeous day in Upstate, NY last week. Enjoy!