Nike helped create hype for its dunk figure last year by relaunching coveted models from the 2000s – and an upcoming collaboration suggests the nostalgic motif will only continue through 2021. Unbeaten, a regular partner of Nike in the 2000s, returned to the brand to release a comeback pack dubbed “Dunk vs AF-1”. According to the title, the two are dropping Dunk designs inspired by their past collaborations with Air Force 1.
Undefeated is by no means an outdated brand – it dropped a ‘Hall of Fame’ Kobe 5 Protro sneaker with Nike this month – but its upcoming Dunks are reminiscent of a time when bots, dealers, and hypebeasts were limited. minimum. If it weren’t for the fact that most of Undefeated’s old collaborations are virtually impossible to find online, we suggest they were easier to get hold of than the newer pairs.
The 2000s are back – So far we know that the “Dunk vs AF-1” pack consists of at least two pairs, each channeling sneakers like the 2006 Air Force 1 “Canteen” and the dropped AF1 “Inside Out” purple. the same year. Both Dunk Lows play into the vintage theme by sporting yellowed midsoles, and nod to both brands with co-branding on the tongue and Undefeated’s signature five-strike logo on the side heels.
The first pair takes after “Canteen” AF1, almost reproducing its exact design. Smooth light brown leather dresses the heel, while dark brown and speckled white patterned canvas hits the shoe’s underlays. A neon yellow Swoosh brings home the nostalgic reference.
Taking a less obvious approach, the second Dunk Low uses colors similar to the AF1 “Inside Out”, but does not copy its design. Instead, the sneaker’s signature lavender upper has been translated into dark purple accents on the outsole and midlayer, while its original blue accents have now taken over most of the upper. A white suede swoosh and new black and blue snakeskin detailing at the forefoot panels only further differentiates the Dunk Low from the 2006 AF1.
More soon – An official launch of the “Dunk vs AF-1” pack has not yet been announced by Nike or Undefeated, but the latter confirmed to Sneaker news that a release in June was to be expected. The stock of each sneaker will be very limited, according to the publication. However, there is hope for other Dunk designs ahead of the fall, especially as 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of Nike’s AF1 and Undefeated collaboration in 2006.