From early on, if you were a pro-rider signed to Nike SB you were able to design your own version of the classic Dunk to your own specifications. In October of 2004 Daniel Shimizu’s Dunk High was released to the world. Known also as the Skull Dunk for the skull logo replacing the normal Nike SB tongue tag, the sneaker’s design comes from Shimizu’s love for Japanese anime Macross.
Nike SB Dunk High “Shimizu” uploaded by kapology
The simple black, white, grey and yellow paneling takes influence from one of the anime’s main fighter plane robot. The special skull logo was added to ensure people knew the special nature of the sneaker. White laces were featured with grey as the alternate, but black and yellow laces were often swapped in as well and mix things up nicely. The flow and simplicity of the design fits with Shimizu’s skate style which has made him a long time rider for Nike Skateboarding.
This Dunk was part of the Custom Dunk Series. This series started the SB trend of releasing matching apparel and accessories, mostly featuring the skull graphic. Not as popular as some of the older Nike SB releases these Dunks are a nice addition to any SB fanatic’s collection.
Are these Shimizu Dunks a part of your collection?