As basketball fans know, the NBA All Star Game takes place on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina this year. And while the event naturally celebrates basketball, Charlotte’s own skate shop Black Sheep joins the festivities with a special Nike collab. The Black Sheep x Nike SB Dunk High QS Black Hornet celebrates the city’s raucous spirit and the ethos of skateboarding.
During the Revolutionary War, Charlotte gained the reputation of being “a hornets nest of rebellion”. This not only inspired the city nickname, but also is the name of local NBA team – the Charlotte Hornets. Black Sheep picks up both aspects for the design of their Nike Dunk, using a teal and purple iridescent leather upper. Elephant print overlays remind of NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan‘s signature sneaker. The shoe’s tongue is constructed using a tonal, black on black nylon mesh and features a hex hive pattern. The underside of the ear flaps reveal a hornet wing print while the custom metal honeycomb eyelets provide additional detail. The sock liners feature the official NBA logo and a hornet’s nest graphic.
“We were thrilled when we found out that the NBA All-Star Game was coming to Charlotte. With a launch during All-Star Weekend it only seemed right to push the envelope on materials and have some fun with the design.” said Josh Frazier, owner of Black Sheep. Frazier continued, “I grew up skating in the original AJ-1’s, so we wanted to create something that took design cues from classic sneakers as well as inspiration from our hometown and local scene. Teal and Black are trademark Nike SB colors while Teal and Purple have a lot of nostalgia and a special significance in our local community. I love that the color is dynamic and changes from every angle. It can look colorful and flashy in direct light, yet toned down and dark on foot or in low light.”
A limtied deluxe edition of the collaboration releases exclusively at Black Sheep. The custom box includes a woven dust bag, Nike SB stickers, a mini foam basketball and silver honeycomb lace locks. In addition, three sets of laces finalize the special pack.
Release Details – Black Sheep x Nike SB Dunk High QS Black Hornet
The Black Sheep x Nike SB Dunk High QS Black Hornet drops at Black Sheep’s Charlotte flagship location on February 15, 2019. The shoe then releases at select US skate shops on February 22. Finally, a SNKRS launch follows on February 24.
An online release at Black Sheep may take place at a later date depending on pairs being available after the in-store release. Keep it locked to the store’s Instagram and Twitter pages for updates on that.
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