Nike, Inc’s increased push towards sustainability in 2020 has provided the sneaker-loving public with eco-conscious iterations of everything from Jordan Brand‘s Air Jordan 1 High Zoom to Converse‘s Chuck Taylor All-Star, and now the latest pair to receive an earth-friendly build is the Nike SB Dunk Low. Officially dubbed the SB Dunk Low Crater, this new “skate” shoe is made almost entirely of recycled materials and boasts a stripped-back look.
Two main materials are present on the upper: gray textile and navy blue synthetic leather. The former appears on toeboxes, quarters, throats and heels, while the latter provides structure and contrast on the mudguards, eyestays, Swooshes and stitched-down collar flaps. Each also boasts its own special embellishment — the textile weaves in colored flecks while the synthetic leather is sprinkled with shimmering silver. Collars discard much of their normal padding in favor of a rough-hewn, stripped back look, and Swooshes are minimal as well with intricate embroidery straight out of Nike SB‘s recent “Sashiko” pack.
Down below, gray NikeGrind midsoles are made of recycled rubber and outsoles feature a semi-translucent build. Both are loaded with colorful rubber flecks. Although it’s fair to question the shoe’s overall skate-ability, the heels are loaded with a Zoom Air cushioning unit just like standard SB Dunks.
An official release date or pricing information for the Nike SB Dunk Low “Crater” has yet to be announced, but it’s not unreasonable to expect it before the end of 2020.
For more footwear news, take a look at Nike’s colorful four-shoe Día de Muertos collection.