As the Dunk craze is surely reaching saturation point, I was in Sydney earlier this week and felt like 40% of children cradled Pandas– there’s always room for innovation and incredible design work on the decades-old shoe. It doesn’t always have to come from Nike themselves.
Ng Poh Hian from Singapore, aka Bob, is one of the best sneaker customizers in the worldtaking official shoes and cutting them, changing their colorways and adding details to create his own sought-after versions.
Its label, No fuss*has dressed (and dressed) sneakers like the Air Force 1, Dunks, Blazers, Converse All-Stars and Vans sk8 (to name a few) for years, but this is his latest effort, a pair of Dunks based on the manga/anime series Initial Dthat I want to watch today.
Based entirely on Takumi Fujiwara’s Toyota Sprinter, they’re not exactly yelling “I’m a sneaker based on an old beloved manga”, but anyone familiar with the car/series will know right away what it is. The colors are perfect, the text on the heel is needed, the debossed license plate on the midsole is a nice touch and I really like the little orange label to represent the indicators.
Here’s a preview of the shoe and car together to give you an idea of what’s borrowed for the tribute:
And here’s a mockup of what the shoe would look like in the flesh:
When these were first featured a few days ago on the brand’s Instagram page, Bob said “these are a sneaker concept”, and that they were “not available for the moment”.
Public reception has been so overwhelmingly positive since those first images, however, that there are now availability details.. Bob has since posted a new message teasing a September release:
As for getting your hands on a pair, well, it’s 2022, you should already know what to expect, but I’ll make it clear anyway. Because it’s customs, you’re not relying on the regular (and completely broken) pipeline between the store and StockX; In place these are purchased directly from Bob, but at very short notice and for a plot silver.