Nike’s “Dunk” is a model that appeared in 1985 wearing the team colors of the “College Basketball Tournament”, which is as popular as the NBA in the United States. In Japan in the 1990s, the two-tone color of the University of Michigan, “navy blue x yellow,” was commonly known as “conchi dunk,” and it was a big hit. In 2020, the 35th anniversary, the reprint of “Conchidunk” attracted attention again. Even now, it is gaining enthusiastic support from a wide range of people, from old man sneaker freaks who know the 90s to modern sneaker heads.
A new epoch-making pair has been added to the Nike Dunk this season. That is the Nike Dunk High PRM.
With the motif of “Naumann Elephant”, it is seasoned with an elephant pattern!
The first impression that catches your eye is the elephant pattern on the upper. This item uses Naumann elephant motif material. I wondered, “Why Naumannzo!?”, but there is a solid reason.
This product is a pair from the “Culture Day Pack” series, which incorporates animals related to the three areas of Tokyo where sneaker culture flourishes: Ueno, Shibuya, and Harajuku. From the same series, the “Nike Air Force 1 Mid” with the motif of the giant panda of “Ueno Zoo”, the “Nike Blazer Low” with the motif of “Hachiko”, the symbol installed in front of Shibuya Station, and Harajuku. “Nike Dunk High” with the motif of the Naumann elephant fossil discovered during the tunnel construction of Meiji Jingumae Station is lined up. Even so, I learned for the first time that Naumann elephant fossils were sleeping in the basement of Meiji Jingumae Station!
Embrace the 80’s advertising graphics!
Another thing to pay attention to is the outsole. The outsole features a retro advertising graphic design reminiscent of the 80s when the Nike Dunk was released. The glittering and nostalgic atmosphere is irresistible, just like a neon nightscape.
By the way, the same graphic is drawn on the insole, and the midsole uses a slightly faded sail color, giving it a vintage look.
You can learn history from sneakers!
Several brands have released sneakers designed with the motif of the streets of Tokyo, such as Harajuku, Shibuya, and Shinjuku, but all of them pay homage to the scenery of the city. However, in this work, I was surprised by Nike’s sense of going diagonally upward, using Naumann’s elephant as a motif. Moreover, thanks to this pair of shoes, I was able to learn for the first time about the history that Naumann’s elephant fossils were discovered during subway tunnel construction.