Collaborations have become a huge part of the sneaker culture over the past decade or two. Today, some of the most sought after sneakers for collectors are ones that came from creative partnerships. One of the most longstanding collaborative teams is street artist Futura 2000, aka Futura, and his work with Nike. Did you know his partnership with Nike began nearly 10 years ago?
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Futura” uploaded by ponyexpress
In 2003, Futura created this colorway of the Nike Dunk Low Pro for Nike Skateboarding. The Futura Nike SB Dunk is one of the most popular colorways to ever be placed on the iconic skate shoe. Futura being a New Yorker chose the colors of Black, White, Nightshade and Shark, for what would be the first of many collabs with Nike. The colors closely resemble those of the New York Yankees, which would eventually become a part of a bigger collaboration project with Nike Sportswear for Futura. One thing that is often overlooked about the Nike SB Dunk Futura colorway is the materials used. Instead of doing it the way most Dunks were at the time with leather across the entire shoe, Futura used a combination of materials. Leather was used on the back of the shoe. Mesh was chosen for the side panels. Finally, suede was used to wrap the panels around the toe box. It’s details like this that led Futura to additional collaborations with Nike and keeps his creations at the top of many sneaker enthusiasts’ wish lists.
Is the Futura Nike SB Dunk a part of your collection? If so, share your story on the Sneaker History portion of this page.