My latest New Balance pickup is the Todd Snyder collab with the 997 Triborough in Grey! This pair dropped in the end of 2020, alongside two other colourways on Todd Snyder’s website! I got the Grey colourway which was my fave, consisting of premium suedes in beautiful grey and tan tones. Check out my review for a closer look and to learn more about these!
Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” Review
One of the greatest Kobe Bryant shoes of all time made its return this past Christmas Eve, in time for its 10th year anniversary. The “Grinch” Kobe 6 Protro dropped in limited numbers resulting in sell outs and “out of stocks” everywhere, showing how highly sought after this classic colourway is! Check out my review for a detailed look and breakdown and let me know if you guys managed to take home a pair or not!
Titan 22 x Air Jordan 23 Retro SP “Black / Metallic Gold” Review
Philippines-based boutique, Titan 22, teamed up with Jordan Brand to release their unique take on the Air Jordan 23. Replacing the traditional “MJ” embroidery with their signature logo’s lightning bolts, these are done in a clean black, gold and white colour scheme. Check out my in-depth review to learn everything you need to know, and leave a comment down below on your thoughts!
Bodega x Nike Dunk High “Legend” Review
Bodega and Nike teamed up to end 2020 with a final Dunk collaboration! The “Legend” release is designed with nostalgia in mind, with inspiration taken from a baseball glove and old western cowboys. Featuring premium materials, these were a great way to cap off the unofficial Year of the Dunk. Big thanks to Bodega and Nike for sending over these beauties! Let me know down below if you’re feeling these or if they were they a pass!
2020: The Year of the Nike Dunk
I was first exposed to the Nike Dunk back around late 2005. Although I started off buying sneakers because of Air Jordans, at the time, Nike SB was arguably at its peak in popularity and I naturally grew to become a fan of the Nike Dunk because of this. I’ve always loved the creativity behind Dunk releases, in particular the SB line, and it felt like so much more went into every pair aside from just a colour swap. In a time when collaborations weren’t a weekly occurrence, for SB Dunks, it still felt like every release had a lot of weight, thought, and uniqueness behind it. Some of my favourites from that time (which I still have in my collection) are the Purple Pigeons, the Tokyo Taxi series, and the Pufnstufs!
Naturally, trends come and go, and I’ll be the first to admit, to a degree, I moved on from the Nike Dunk during the early to mid 2010s. I still picked up pairs here and there, but the energy just wasn’t like it was in the decade prior. Fast forward to a couple years ago, I don’t even know what kick started it, but I started buying up a lot of Dunks that I had either passed on, or sold in the years past. At this time, Yeezys, Adidas Boost, and collaborations like the Off-White x Nike series were all the rage, so the secondary market prices on a lot of these Dunks were very, very low, and sometimes, below retail. I have to give credit to my good timing, because a couple years later, the Dunk Hype would officially arrive and these prices would do a 180 degree turn and hit astronomical levels that the sneaker community had never seen before.
With that said, 2020 has been undoubtedly the comeback year of the Dunk. Though true aficionados will say that their love for the model never left, its rise in popularity permeated throughout the entire culture – with new fans learning to appreciate the model and its history, resellers snatching up every pair of every colourway they could, and some old fans, like myself, feeling the love we once had for the model but in an entirely new generation and era. Nike SB and Nike Sportswear capitalized on this and released a ton of amazing Dunk drops (albeit, usually in disgustingly limited quantities). We saw classics like some of the BTTYS colourways brought back, the return of the Ugly Duckling Co.JP trio, pairs paying homage to other Nike icons like the Air Max 90 Infrared and Chicago Air Jordan 1, and brand new super creative releases like the Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky, Strangeloves, and the Travis Scott collab!
Again, trends come and go, and in typical Nike fashion, if I had to bet I would expect them to strike while the hype is hot and flood the market in 2021 with a slew of releases, both in general release format and in limited Quickstrikes too. In fact, it seems like Foot Locker brands are set to carry Nike Dunks in 2021, so that seems like a good indication that they will be more plentiful compared to their limited nature in 2020. Either way, this has been a weird year for many reasons, but for someone who has been buying shoes for nearly 15 years, it has been great to see the energy come back to a silhouette that I’ve been following since the early days of my sneaker collecting. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store, and if this year was any indication, I’m sure it will be one hell of a ride.
Top 20 Sneaker Pickups of 2020
2020 is just about to wrap up and this has personally been the biggest year in sneakers for me ever. With so many fire releases, the resurgence of the Nike Dunk, the uprising of New Balance, and the continued domination of Jordan Brand and their collabs, this was a non-stop, eventful year for the sneaker community. Check out my latest video to see my top sneaker pickups from 20 to number one! Agree, or disagree, comment down below!
Sean Cliver x Nike SB Dunk Low Pro QS “Holiday Special” Review
As 2020 winds to a close, I managed to pickup another huge Nike Dunk release! This time I’m reviewing the Sean Cliver “Holiday Special” SB Dunk Low! This festive pair is one of the year’s best, with a white leather upper, blue suede hits and gold accents to round out the design. Check out my detailed review to learn more about these, and comment down below if these are one of your fave Dunks of the year!
Nike Air Max 97 “Halloween Slime” Review
Nike Air Max 95 OG “Neon” Review
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary Nike Air Max 95, so it’s fitting that Nike brought back the original “Neon” colourway once again. Inspired by the human body, these were designed by Sergio Lozano and is one of those pairs that remain popular no matter how many times they retro. Check out my video and let me know down below if you guys managed to grab a pair!