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What was your first pair of Nike SB Dunks?
I don’t remember exactly which Dunk introduced me to Nike SB, but it was late 2003. That I do remember. I also recall asking myself what does “SB” mean. I eventually found out it was short for skateboarding.
But what I didn’t know is that I was late to the party. Nike debuted its SB line in 2002, and it was almost 2004 before I caught wind of the for skaters only sneaker line.
While surfing on eBay, I came across a pair of artsy Dunks known as the Paris Dunks. I clicked on several auctions because I was trying to figure out (at the time) why pairs were selling for $600. That was a lot of money for a pair of sneakers back then. Hell, that’s still a lot of money for sneakers in 2018. However, spending that type of money on shoes is much more common nowadays.
The next SB Dunk that caught my attention was the Heineken Dunks. I saw them on eBay and I immediately wanted a pair. I thought to myself, “When did these release and where did they release?” I felt so lost because I tried to do a good job at keeping my ear to the streets. Back then we only had ISS and NT – no blogs or social media.
I guess it’s safe to say I wasn’t doing a good job at staying in the loop. I was going to pull the trigger on a pair, but I noticed some prices were $250-$300-ish and some pairs were BIN $120. Long story short, the cheaper pairs were fake. I was so late to the party counterfeiters were already hip to the hype.
In case you’re wondering, I never bought a pair of Heineken Dunks due to fear of buying fakes. However, after I did my homework, I found out I could only cop SB Dunks at skate shops with Nike SB accounts.
I found one in Little Fives, Atlanta, GA. A shop called Stratosphere which at the time was right around the corner from Wish (now it’s located across the street).
My first time visiting the shop Lucky and Unlucky Dunks had just released. Of course Lucky Dunks sold out first, but a few Unlucky Dunks were still available so I copped a pair.
Little did I know that was the beginning of Nike SB kicking major ass for years. Those years were s amazing, creative and so much fun. I’m super thankful I was around during the SB glory days.
That’s my story. Please share your story in the comments.
What Was Your First Pair of Nike SB Dunks?