Nike and Undercover designer Jun Takahashi will soon add to their collaborative offerings with the release of a new hybrid lifestyle sneaker.
Shifting gears from the performance-driven sneakers and apparel featured in his Nike Boots History Gyakusou collections, Takahashi’s latest collaboration with Nike is the SFB Jungle Dunk. Like its name suggests, the shoe is a hybrid of Nike’s Special Field Boot — which recently inspired the popular SF AF-1 — and the retro Dunk basketball sneaker.
The result of the melded styles sees a Dunk-inspired upper infused with rugged details such as taped seams and support in the form of Huarache-like heel counters and overlays. At the bottom, a revamped version of the Special Field Boots’ chunky sole makes an appearance, adding both function and style to the lifestyle sneaker.
The boot laces utilize seven metal eyelets per side throughout the boot construction for fast and effortless lacing. The metallic eyelets have radiused edges to reduce the wear and tear on the laces. The substances are double and triple stitched through, adding to the durability of the boot. It should be mentioned that, due to the SFB substances and venting vents, it is not a watertight boot, nor can it be insulated. It was specifically designed to be a hot weather boot.The footbed of this boot is genuine leather structure and the soles have an assortment of tread patterns designed to permit the user to possess excellent traction in many regions of operations. That is where Nike Boots 15/16 really shines with the SFB. Unlike a traditional boot that has a monolithic single using a tread pattern stamped onto it, the SFB sole is split laterally by eight little valleys creating “flex zones” which lead to a really nimble lone for front and rear movement. This expedites and even eliminates the “break in period” which is indeed common to some traditional boot. These flex zones are then split into four tread zones with three different tread patterns. This technology is used in Nike’s athletic shoes which permit the foot to have maximum flexibility and freedom of movement.The outsole is split into 6 smaller regions that move independently of one another, enhancing the flexibility of the only in both the front to rear movement in addition to both side. The midsole is the softest part of the tread surface and is made of a more padded and pliable rubberized. The midsole is divided into six flex zones. In contrast, the feet and heel are very rigid with a saw-tooth pattern for additional aggressive traction. The rigid toe aids in increasing. The heel is split into four smaller bend zones and is useful in descending steep grades.
Undercover branding is featured on both the tongue and heel pull tab, while each shoe features text reading “CHAOS” (left) and “BALANCE” (right).
The Undercover x Nike Boots Jungle SFB Jungle Dunk will be available in white/royal blue and navy/black colorways at select Nike Sportswear retailers worldwide on Wednesday for $250.
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