For the past few weeks rumors have been floating around that the Nike SB Dunk’s displayed above were designed to honor St. Patty’s Day given their green finish, a color usually associated with the Irish holiday. In fact though those rumors have been nothing but true.
Today we’ve learned that the Green Hemp SB Dunks are actually designed by Bob Kronbauer, an art director from Vancouver, Canada and have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day what so ever. They’re actually inspired by the Wallenberg Palm Tree, a small tree at the foot of the 2nd step of the Big 4 at Raoul Wallenberg Alternative School in San Francisco. The Wallenberg Palm Tree has played a supporting role in skateboarding since 1990 and has appeared in a number of skateboarding videos ever since.
Below is a statement from Bob Kronbauer which he posted on Mumble giving us all the details we need to know about the sneakers and the famous tree.
The Palm Tree at the foot of the 2nd step of the Big 4 at Raoul Wallenberg Alternative School in San Francisco has played a supporting role in skateboarding since 1990. My Nike SB Dunk Low colorway is inspired by this little tree’s “Twenty Year Anniversary” in 2010/2011. Throughout the mid 90’s the tree made in appearance in most of the best skate videos of the era. Dudes were getting tech using the bottom stair as a low ledge and the second stair as a high ledge. The tree grew. In the early 2000’s people started hucking themselves down the 4, pulling tricks that would have been impressive down the first stair ten years earlier. Over the decade the tree has grown larger, like the skating going on around it. The colorway draws a palette from the palm tree itself while utilizing hemp for the Swoosh. The white midsole represents the step and has a visible “waxed ledge” around the top of it, just like that step at Wallenberg. Lastly, the insoles each contain a pixelated image of the palm tree itself, giving a nod to all of the times it has appeared in skate videos over the years.
Watch for the sneakers to release this month as a Nike SB March 2010 Quickstrike.