In 2006 Nike SB kicked off the new year proper with a special build of the Dunk Low that caught the attention of #sneakerholics across the globe. Paying homage to the state and big island of Hawaii this sneaker released along with the “Send Help” Dunk High, a popular look it its own right. Surely Nike SB designer James Arizum decided to take a scouting trip to the island to get inspiration for the sneaker’s look.
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Hawaii” uploaded by Elliott.Curtis
The multiple material choices is a big reason the sneaker is so popular along with the main inspiration for the look of the Dunk Low coming the volcanoes located on Hawaii. This is evident by the black base to represent the volcanic rock seen in both a mixture of patent leather as well as nubuck. The firey lava spit out of volcanoes are represented all around the sneaker in the form or orange, red and yellow. This includes the nubuck toebox, mesh tongue and liner as well as the stitching.
A special insole features the saying ”Ka Wahine Ai Honua” from Lu Pele, Goddess of the Volcano, which means “The woman who devoured the land” along with an image of Pele herself. Additional details include the silhouette of the big island is stitched onto the heel along with the official flag of Hawaii replacing Nike on the heel. Finishing off the look to the sneaker was a semi-translucent red midsole with speckles added on top of a translucent outsole. Through the outsole you see the imagery that mimics how the lava hits the ocean, adding yet another intricate detail. Seeing these on someone’s feet will make you want to book at trip to Hawaii right now.