Nike has shared a brand-new pair of trainers that are inspired by The Grateful Dead which, no doubt, will end up being on every Deadhead’s wishlist.
The Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead cost $110 and come in three different colourways. The orange version will be released on July 18th via FTC Skateshop, while the green and yellow versions will be available from July 24th via Nike’s app SNKRS and select skate shops.
The inspiration for the trainers comes from The Grateful Dead’s dancing bears which were introduced to fans on the back of their 1973 live album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice).
The shoes feature faux-fur and suede exterior lining, a frayed Nike Swoosh mimicking the bears’ collars, and a circular image of the bear on the tongue of the trainer. Inside the shoes are a bear-adorned slip, a sock liner with the Steal Your Face skull printed on the underside, and a small zipper pouch on the inner tongue.
“As the band’s benefactor, Bear was an incredibly huge part of the Grateful Dead’s ability to become who they were,” said David Lemieux, the band’s archivist and legacy manager.
“They were talented musicians, but they would not have had the financial freedom to forgo jobs, move to Los Angeles and practice for 14 hours a day. The band wouldn’t become what it is today without Bear’s innovations and contributions. The same fiercely independent spirit from [Nike VP of Special Projects Sandy] Bodecker helped create that authenticity within the skate community.”