Remembering the Purple Pigeon on Throwback… Friday


I meant to publish this yesterday on Throwback Thursday, but Throwback Friday will have to do.

With so much talk around the Black Pigeon Nike SB Dunk, I thought it was only right to reflect on the unofficial Pigeon relative – the Purple Pigeon.

If you’re reading this chances are you know all about this shoe. Jeff Staple’s OG Pigeon caused a riot in 2005, and the following year Nike SB released the Purple Pigeon. Of course that’s not the official name, but the colorblocking and likeness was obviously inspired by the OG Pigeon.

Back when Nike SB was running the game, people made it a point to give every Dunk a nickname. Sometimes people forced names, but Purple Pigeon was perfectly fitting for this Dunk.

Some of you may be wondering what’s up with the purple pigeon on the side. If I wasn’t already in the know I would wonder the same thing. Shortly after the Dunk released this kid named Zahir created the patch and sold them on ISS. The patch allowed the Dunk to truly own the Purple Pigeon nickname.

I remember Zahir showing me the patch like it was yesterday. Dude was definitely ahead of his time with a mind full of creative ideas and the resources to create whatever he could think of.

With or without the patch, the Purple Pigeon Dunk is one of Nike SB’s best.

Do you own a pair of Purple Pigeons? Do you remember this patch? Did you cop?

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  • OGedge

    Yes to all. 2005 though? Damn… time flies. I bought 3 pairs in total because it was such a beautiful sneaker. Those days man…. every month had heat dropping

  • Zahir made a Wu Tang patch too.

    Pulling these out def made me think about how many people slept on this Dunk back in the day. No hype when it dropped so it was an easy cop and retail was only like $65 or $70.

  • These dropped in 2006. Time def flies, OGedge. EVERY MONTH!

    I remember I used to faithfully post the new Nike SB lineup every month. That post used to be mandatory! But then Nike SB slowly lost its mojo.

  • theloverswineverytime

    Missed that boat. ? Shucks…

  • javi

    So basically you were quenching your thirst with more sneakers ?

  • sirfresh

    Man that pigeon about to fly off the shoe. That simple detail has not been seen by sb in some time.