Nike Dunk Low Disrupt "Forbidden City" Features Wear-Away Detailing and Palatial Pearls

Inspired by melting snow in the winter solstice and Chinese royalty, respectively.

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Nike and Jordan Brand have saluted Bejing’s Forbidden City with Air Jordan 7s and Air Jordan 35s over the course of 2020, and now the latest Swoosh style to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the palace’s completion is the Dunk Low Disrupt. A women’s sneaker that’s a chopped-up, conceptual version of the Dunk Low, the Disrupt is here used as a homage to everything from the palace’s stone steps to its jade sculptures.

Although this new Dunk is rife in detailing from toe to heel, its most immediately notable embellishment is the string of royal “pearls” that wrap around the collar. Uppers feature soft seafoam green and airy blush tones with a faint yellow Swoosh, but the first two of these are merely veneers. With wear, they give way to rich red and cool jade shades, respectively — both inspired by how the snow that covers the Forbidden City’s jade statues melts away during the winter solstice.

Marbled jade details appear on the Nike Sportswear tongue badge and the collar lining alike, with thick midsoles and heel tabs done up in white. Down below, translucent outsoles boast a marbled pattern for a nod to the palace’s stone steps. White laces are the only simple piece of the “Forbidden City,” bringing everything together to complete the look.

The Nike Dunk Low Disrupt “Forbidden City” is set to release via Nike SNKRS China come December 18. The MSRP is set at ¥999 CNY (approximately $153 USD).

For more Nike news, see which of its models made the cut in HYPEBEAST’s 10 Best Sneakers of 2020 list.

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