Nike SB Chrome Ball Incident

Tons of different Dunk SBs have been released since Nike Skateboarding got it’s act together in 2002, and while the shoe is a definite classic, it takes a little something extra for us to get excited about a new pair coming out. Cue the Dunk SB Chrome Ball Incident. Designed by the mysterious Chops of the Chrome Ball Incident skate blog, the shoe is a throwback of the iconic early 90s shoe, the Airwalk Enigma, complete with the original colorways.


Chops is a skateboarding historian, and fan, par excellence. Skate legend Neil Blender’s comic, Chrome Ball Incident, gave the blog its name, which features daily hi-res scans of skate photos, interviews and ads dating to the 80s.


The Chrome Ball colorway is a nod to true heads that have been since down since day one, and features some cool inside jokes. The embroidered scissors graphic on the outside ankle references the early 90s skate trend of chopping your hi-tops down, DIY style, to increase mobility for increasingly tech tricks, a practice which birthed another skate icon, the Vans Half-Cab. The shoe’s heal boasts a graphic of the enigmatic “Chrome Ball” itself.


Chops did this one right on every level, making Nike clear the shoe with Neil Blender himself. Look for the shoe later this month. Also this month is a Blender group art show, which also features work by skate photographers Grant Brittain and Dave Swift.


Images via Chrome Ball Incident

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