It’s no surprise to see Nike going back to its hard-nosed, industrial roots by teaming up with a company like Carhartt for its inspiration on these Dunks. The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Carhartt” Pack consisted of two very simple colorways of Shale and Black. With all the crazy releases in 2004 such as the Jedi’s, Cali’s, and Hemp packs; Nike decided to switch it up when it released these classic silhouettes with such a simple placement of color choice. Carhartt, a company that has been around since 1889, has been more known for its workman and rugged style as opposed to the flashiness making up most of the sneaker releases during this time. Make no mistake though, Nike SB did the Carhartt company right by making a simple sneaker that featured neutral colors with tons of character behind it.
Nike SB Dunk Low “Carhartt” Shale uploaded by ciuffo
The pack was made up of two different colorways, a Shale (closely resembling a brown tan) color, seen above, and Black, currently missing from the wiki. Both pairs of kicks saw a complete canvas upper. This is no surprise seeing as the roots that Nike pays homage to in Carhartt have an abundance of toughness and durability, somewhat of a requirement when it comes to skateboarding. The Shale colorway featured the same colored midsole with a Black outsole. This is opposed to doing the reverse on the Black colorway, which featured a Black midsole and White outsole. Carhartt has always been known for the workman’s jackets that they manufacture, bringing over a century’s worth of tradition behind it. Because of the simplicity of colors and canvas uppers, there was a following of #sneakerholics who took advantage of the easily mended fabric. A trend started to develop of bleaching the upper canvas, causing the sneaker to have an even tougher, bleached look. The combination between the two companies may have not been the most popular back during the sneaker’s initial release, but #sneakerholics will surely appreciate the tribute that Nike brought to their soles.