Sneaker Spotlight: Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “J-Pack”

AJ1 Dunk Low "J-Pack" from Kicks Krazy

Air Jordan 1’s and skateboarding probably isn’t the combination most people think of. But if you know the history of the AJ1 then you also know the sneaker was used by skateboarders when they released thanks to their (hard to believe) cheap price and unique looks. Paying homage to this partnership Nike SB created the Dunk Low “J-Pack”, inspired by the classic Royal colorway.

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro "J-Pack" uploaded by airon0828

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “J-Pack” uploaded by airon0828

It may be hard to believe now considering how popular they are, but the Air Jordan 1 did not fly off the shelves when they originally released. In fact they sat on shelves thanks to their price and unique look. So over time retailers would mark them down at a more reasonable price and skaters picked them up to rash in. The hightop styling, leather build and soles made these a choice for many skaters. In 2005 the team at Nike SB created these Dunk Lows to mimic the “Royal” AJ1’s but made them skate worthy a well.

Hosoi in AJ1 Royals

The colorblocking of the sneaker was nearly identical between the two with the most noticeable differences seen on the heel strap and liner coloring. The materials were a different story though. Rather then smooth leather Nike SB created the Dunk Lows went with pebbled leather and suede paneling on the Zoom Air cushioned skate model. Whether you want to call them “J-Packs” or “Cookie Monsters” there is no denying how great these sneaker are. One of the classic colorways during the Nike SB “pink box” era, the colorblocking has been seen in teal and neon, but we are still waiting for a “BRED” build.

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