Slam Jam's Nike Dunk Collab Is All About the Finer Details

Can you spot the flipped swoosh, the gummy materials, and the uniquely perforated design?

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Milan-based powerhouse Slam Jam and Nike are back together, this time around working magic on the Nike Dunk to deliver two unique, yet minimalistic, offerings.

While “Light Gray” and “Black” colorways sound unassuming, don’t be fooled, as Slam Jam’s work lies within the detail. First of all, the “Light Gray” pair is a far more limited version and hides its details even more than the black-and-white pair does.

Both are made from leather and suede, and feature interesting takes on traditional Dunk design cues. For example, the Swoosh motif is made from a gummy rubber material that floats around the back of the shoe, acting as part branding, part pull tab. Perforations appear on the mid-panel and the toe box’s perforations are now served in a vertical line that leads up to the vamp.

Even more interestingly, Slam Jam nods to its Nike Blazer “Class 1977” collaboration from 2019 by flipping the Nike-branded tongue tag upside-down, just like it did with the Swoosh on the aforementioned pair. Rounding out both pairs is a translucent midsole and a tonal outsole.

Speaking on Dunks, Slam Jam’s owner Luca Benini said, “I remember one of my first contacts with the Dunk happened thanks to the Air Jordan I when they came out in 1985. I then discovered its inspirational role.” He added, “This Dunk expresses the values of simplicity and the attention to innovative details, which alongside our rebel attitude, define the Slam Jam DNA.”

The Slam Jam x Nike Dunk in “Light Gray” will release on October 3 exclusively across Slam Jam doors, via a raffle on Slam Jam’s website, and on SNKRS. The “Black” pair will release on October 30 at select retailers worldwide.

In other news, an Off-White™ x Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% has surfaced.

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