Paul Rodriguez has been a Nike SB team member for 15 years, so the Swoosh Brand’s skateboarding subdivision is saluting the skate savant’s service and influence with a special SB Dunk High. Inspired by Rodriguez’s Mexican heritage and love of boxing, the prideful design presents P-Rod as a championship fighter.
Inspiration is immediately evident on this SB Dunk‘s upper, which equips its crisp white leather construction with vivid red trim and alternating lateral Swooshes: green on the left shoe, red on the right. While the outer-facing Swooshes are colorful, the medial iterations are left tonal. Gold lace deubres are shaped to represent a championship belt, and feature a “World Champion” text graphic encircling am “R” in the center, while “XV” and “SB” flank each side.
Black tongue badges show Rodriguez’s name in bold gold thread, with a slight curve in a classic boxing marquee style that’s often found on a fighter’s trunks. The Zoom Air-equipped insoles show a photo of P-Rod’s wrapped fists and are stamped with a gold foil Nike SB hit. A white midsole and Mexican flag-esque red, white and green outsole complete the stylings, presenting a look that would make former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. proud.
Nike SB has a lot of collaborations in the works for 2020 as well, the most highly-anticipated of which is Travis Scott‘s tear-away SB Dunk Low “Cactus Jack,” a shoe that looks great next to curly fries.