While the Dunk craze is definitely reaching its saturation level—I used to be in Sydney earlier this week and it felt like 40% of children had been rocking Pandas—there’s all the time room for innovation and superb design work on the decades-old shoe. It simply doesn’t all the time have to return from Nike themselves.
Singapore’s Ng Poh Hian, aka Bob, is among the world’s greatest sneaker customisers, taking official footwear and chopping them up, altering their colourways and including particulars to create his personal sought-after releases.
His label, No-Brainer*, has been dressing up (and dressing down) sneakers just like the Air Force 1, Dunks, Blazers, Converse All-Stars and Vans sk8 (simply to call just a few) for years, nevertheless it’s his newest effort, a pair of Dunks based mostly on the manga/anime collection Initial D, that I wish to take a look at in the present day.
Based solely on Takumi Fujiwara’s Toyota Sprinter, they’re not precisely screaming “I’m a sneaker based mostly on an outdated, beloved manga”, however anybody who is aware of the automobile/collection will know immediately what the deal is. The colors are excellent, the textual content on the heel is important, the license plate being stamped on the midsole is a pleasant contact and I actually just like the little orange tag to signify the symptoms.
Here’s a take a look at the shoe and the automobile collectively to offer you an concept of what’s being borrowed for the homage:
And right here’s a mockup of what the shoe would appear like within the flesh:
When these had been first proven off just a few days in the past on the label’s Instagram web page, Bob stated “it is a sneaker idea design”, and that they had been “not obtainable for the time being.”
Public reception has been so overwhelmingly constructive since these first photographs, nevertheless, that there at the moment are availability particulars. Bob has since put up a brand new put up teasing a September launch:
As for getting maintain of a pair, effectively, it’s 2022, you must already know what to anticipate, however I’ll spell it out anyway. Because these are customs, you received’t be counting on the common (and completely damaged) store-to-StockX pipeline; as a substitute these are bought instantly from Bob, albeit inside a really quick timeframe and for a lot of cash.