6 years ago in 2004, 25 Japanese artists came together at the “Shoebox” in Mimami Aoyama, Tokyo, to take part in an exhibit known as the White Dunk. For the event each artist was commissioned to take white-on-white Nike Dunks and use inspiration from innovation to create something truly unique.
When the White Dunk event opened it’s doors on the evening of January 17th, 2004, the “Shoebox”, a man-made building shaped like an actual shoe box, the venue was filled to the brim with some of the most jaw-dropping Dunks. From those which included flashing lights, to others which were used to create Transformer-like robots. On top of all the works of art there were also your regular ol’ Dunks, most of which were eye-catching enough in their own sense.
One of the most discussed at the time was the Nike SB Dunk Low “Pink Panther” designed by Jonathon Tong. Taking inspiration from the mid 60’s cartoon character created by Blake Edwards, Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt, Jonathon designed the SB Dunk Low using a furry, fluffy fabric similar to that use on the Three Bears Pack. A vivid shade of pink makes up for the entire upper, while yellow is added to the Nike Swoosh to resemble the Pink Panther’s eyes. The out-sole, inner lining, tongue tag and laces all sport black, with the laces appearing to be made from the same furry fabric. Finally, there’s a little pinch of white on the Nike embroidery on the heel tab.
According to reports by N-SB, it’s highly unlikely the Nike SB Dunk Low “Pink Panther” will ever be released. They’ll more then likely remain as one of those rare unreleased Nike SB samples some of us dream of getting our hands on one day. If you do come across this one and only sample though, they’re estimated to be worth around $1500.