Designed by Guangzhou artist Jason Deng, the Nike SB Dunk Low “Street Hawker” gives big props to the bonding effect food culture has in China. Above, a watercolor painting from Deng shows the design inspiration: six regional dishes from six Chinese cities, combined with a slew of other, subtly-incorporated nods to Chinese cuisine.
Each the left and right shoe of Jason Deng’s Nike SB Dunk Low comes with a different design.
Starting with the left, it uses a lighter beige for three flour-based dishes. The suede toebox mimics the color and texture of green bean soup (Douzhi) from Beijing. Donut (Jiaoquan) patterns on the forefoot pair with the green bean soup. Embossed suede on the lateral side shows shredded pita bread pieces for a traditional Xi’an dish: pita bread soaked in mutton soup. That mutton soup is represented in water-color patterns across the lateral side. The Swoosh is depicted in a wood-grain texture to represent chopsticks. On the lateral heel, water-color fading looks like Shanghai plain noodles, also called Yangchun noodles. An embroidered 10-cent copper coin appears on the lateral heel, hinting at Yangchun noodles. The left insole resembles a blue sky, inspired by traditional Chinese slang implying that people treat food as their heaven. The blue lining of the left midsole mimics the blue-and-white of fine porcelain bowls.
The right shoe features hotter colors to represent different heats, from spicy to sweet. The metallic color on the right toebox is pulled from Chengdu hotpots in which dishes are cooked. Boiling chili-oil treatments bubble around the toebox. Ostrich leather on the lateral side is inspired by the crispy roasted goose skin that’s famous in Guangzhou. The silver Swoosh resembles the metal hook used to hang the roast goose. The flame and Lychee wood used to roast the goose appears in a watercolor pattern around the eyelits. Shaved ice and taro balls — a common Taipei dessert — can be found on the heel counter. The insole paints the scene of a bench terrace, a landscaping method used to grow rice paddies. The collar lining reflects the color of meat dishes. The yellow outsole represents cooking oils.
Both shoes come with heel tabs featuring Chinese calligraphy for “food” in black and white thread. Four colors of laces are inspired by four essential seasonings in Chinese cuisine: Green (shallots), Yellow (ginger), White (garlic) and Black (black pepper).
Nike SB Dunk Low Street Hawker Release Date
Look for the Nike SB Dunk Low “Street Hawker” to release on January 22nd at select skate shops and Nike.com. The retail price tag is set at $110 USD.
Color: Metallic Copper/Light Silver-Pueblo Brown-Metallic Silver
Style Code: CV1628-800
Release Date: January 22, 2021
UPDATE 12/23: Nike releases official photos of the “Street Hawker” SB Dunk Low available January 22nd for $110 USD.