2002 was the first official year that Nike Skateboarding, aka Nike SB, was its own sub-brand. Taking the leap once again into skate culture, Nike started it off right this time by handing the keys to Sandy Bodecker, letting him and his team, create what the skate community would want. The first go round of sneakers featured designs created from the minds of their newly signed pro team as well as collaborating with some of the biggest skate brands at the time.
September 2002 was a month to be forever remembered in sneaker culture, as skate/street brand Supreme released their versions of the Dunk Low Pro SB to the world. Although the skateboard world had used basketball shoes for skateboarding duty long before 2002, it was with this shoe that the two worlds officially collided with the iconic “elephant print” from the Air Jordan III (3) being used on a skate shoe for the first time.
Two versions of the Supreme Dunk Low were created. The first, clad in the colorway of Black, Cement Grey and Red, a very familiar combination used on many Air Jordans. The second sneaker was more of a “home” themed colorway, utilizing a White base with Black, Cement Grey and a small hint of Blue added.
The shoes were a limited release with only 500 pairs of each version made. Making them even more difficult to find was the fact that the shoes were only released at Supreme stores which consisted of only Tokyo and New York at the time.
Since then, Supreme has gone on to open more stores as well as design more sneakers with Nike. Since the release of these Dunk Low Pro SB’s, the usage of “elephant print” has been seen on plenty of sneakers outside of the Air Jordan lineup. But we can never forget the originals that turned the sneaker world upside down.