The big Nike Dunk festival 2020 continues. This week the retro version of a very nice “co.jp” Dunk will drop, which we reviewed for Berlin based Sneaker boutique Overkill. The Nike Sportswear Dunk will be released worldwide on Thursday, August 20th. Overkill is doing a raffle for wich you will find the link here.
Just like the Nike Dunk Low Pro B „Plum“ co.jp, this Dunk Low also came out originally in 2001. And 2001 was a very good year for Dunks. In addition to these two Dunks, it brought such beauties like the first two Stussy x Nike Dunk High or the Ugly Duckling Pack. Which, if the rumors are true, will also be released again soon.
But lets take a look at the Nike Dunk Low SP „Samba“. Back in the days, the shoe had the addition “co.jp” which tells us that this colorway of the Dunk was exclusively produced for the Japanese market. It was in very good company, as some extremely sought-after Dunks of the early 2000s are also such “co.jp” Dunks, e.g. the Viotech, the Argon, the Cave or the already mentioned Plum and Ugly Duckling. If you can believe Nike, the „Samba“ comes as a very true to OG retro. As always, one of our greatest hopes is that this not only applies to the angles, proportions and color shades of the panels, but especially to the quality of the materials.
Nike unfortunately has not always been able to convince us in the past or even this year. But we have to admit that Nike Sportswear has managed to increase the quality especially with the recently released “Champs Colors” Dunk. Of course we are also aware that it is no longer possible to offer the same material quality in terms of price as, for example, 19 years ago when the „Samba“ came out, but as a customer you should at least assume that the material is good enough so the leather does not wrinkle or crease before it hits the street the first time. At Dunkbar, this is the question that concerns us most.
The upper of the „Samba“ is completely made of smooth leather. The toebox, the side panel and the collar are held in Hyper Blue. The tongue and its label are also in a matching blue. On the tongue label is the Nike lettering with the Swoosh, both in white. The eyestay, the rear overlay and the mudguard come in Silver Gray and thus set a strong contrast to the blue. An even bigger contrast set the Samba Red carbon fiber Swoosh and the heel tab on which the NIKE lettering was embroidered in black.
In addition, the outsole is red. The term carbon fiber actually refers to the material of the Swoosh and the heel tab. We expect a Swoosh made of carbon fiber, a material that was used in the light bulb by Thomas Alva Edison as early as 1879 and with which more and more things have been made since the 1970s, because carbon fibers have a high strength and rigidity through a certain treatment. Why, of all things, a Nike shoe has to have a Swoosh made of this material is not clear to us. But if we remember, the early 2000s was a time when things were increasingly made out of carbon. So why not the Swoosh too? Another color comes into play with white. In addition to the midsole and the laces, the lining is also white.
All this results in the harmonious image of the Nike Dunk Low SP “Samba”. The nickname „Samba“ only refers to the red that was used on the described parts of the shoe. It’s a color code used by Nike for this special shade of red.
The hype about Dunks is real, so the Overkillshop has no choice but to raffle off a purchase option for the shoe through an online raffle. As always, you can sign up in a form where you have to follow certain rules to participate. There you can indicate whether you want to pick up the shoe personally or have it sent to you. Follow the Overkill Instagram account so you won’t miss any deadlines.