Nike is releasing its SB Dunk Low style with a Grateful Dead makeover, with drops coming throughout the rest of July. I collected “Dunks” when I was in middle school and high school, and proudly maintained an entire collection, but none were as cool, crisp, or striking as these dancing bear dunks, so clearly textured and saturated to look like one of the most recognizable symbols of the bunch. The bear logo originated in 1973 on the back cover of the LP “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice).”
References to bears are everywhere: the classic swoosh is designed to resemble bear collars and the reimagined logo is found on the tongue of the shoe. The bears also proudly walk on the inner sole liner. Meanwhile, the Grateful Dead Steal Your Face skull is imprinted on the bottom half of a secret zipped compartment below the tongue. The range is also rounded off with a Grateful Dead Nike bob in blue terrycloth for the rest of your summer days.
In case you were wondering, please rest assured that the fur material on the upper part of the sneaker is a fake. An orange iteration (not pictured in advance) will release July 18 at FTC, and the yellow colorway will be available on SNKRS on July 24, when the full lineup is released in select skate stores. It’s safe to say that these will not only be hard to find, they will also sell out extremely quickly where they are available. Read on to take in all the incredible details up close and play The Grateful Dead to get you in the mood until it’s time to shop.