According to Wikipedia, the word “Éire” is the Irish name for the island of Ireland and the sovereign state of the same name. The name was derived from the Old Irish word Ériu, which was the name of a Gaelic goddess. What does this have to do with a Nike SB Dunk Low you ask? Well you will just have to read on to find out.
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Éire” uploaded by adambeckah
Designed by Liam Sean Martin and released back in April of 2006, the Nike SB Dunk Low “Éire” was created in tribute to the brave men and women of Ireland who fought against British rule in Ireland during the early 20th century to try to win back Dublin and to make Ireland a Republic of its own. With little chance for victory, the Irish Volunteers fought the British as part of a long war for the country.
With this history in mind, Liam used a mix of suede and canvas for the upper of the Dunk Low “Éire”, Swoosh included. For the colors, the most logical look was the flag of Ireland and the meaning behind each of its colors. Green overlays mix well with the tan inlays, but it is the bright orange accents that give the SB its vitality. Utilized over the Swoosh and the lettering on the tongue tag, the color is also used over the “Éire” branded heel and the Celtic harp on the lateral heel. The use of the harp is another nod to the past as the seal is a part of Ireland’s heraldic arms and is found on Irish coins and currency, uniforms, and official documents.
Missing much of the hype associated with releases today, the Nike SB Dunk Low “Éire” wasn’t coveted like shoes today and spent most of its days on boards and in bowls. Known more as a shoe to skate in rather than one to keep deadstock, we have to wonder how these would be received if they were released today.