Wood and sneakers is not a combination that you expect to work out, but when an acclaimed artist like Michael Lau has an idea, you can expect to see some surprises. To help launch a new store in Hong Kong the folks at Nike SB called upon Lau to create a special collection. Named “Gardener Meets Nike” the limited collection consisted of a special “wooden” Dunk Low Pro SB accompanied by a walnut wood 6-inch NY FAT figure, mini skateboard tag and special lasered box.
Michael Lau x Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Gardener” uploaded by Nash Money
Since he was working with Nike Skateboarding, Lau sought inspiration from a skateboard. That is where the theme of using a “wood” texture came from. The key element of the design is walnut wood seen throughout the sneaker design from the textured upper to the “wooden” midsole. The skateboarding influence is seen in the four drill holes added to the heel. Lau’s NY FAT character is seen on the insole as well as lasered into the box inside as well. To finish off the design the words “Gardener Meets Nike at Hong Kong Flagship 29.09.2006” was added to the heel to ensure everyone knows of the importance of the sneakers. A rare one to find luckily #sneakerholic Nash Money uploaded his pair onto the wiki.