The resurgence of Nike Skateboarding has the attention of the sneaker world, with projects in the works that will expand reach even further.
Wildly-colored forthcoming Nike SB Dunk Lows are rumored to pay homage to the Grateful Dead Bears—a series of stylized dancing bears that first graced the back cover for the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) in 1973. Since then, they’ve become a symbol of the band and the fun-loving spirit of its fanbase, inspiring a wide range of collectibles including plush toys, bumper stickers, magnets and even costumes.
The shoe itself is an interpretation of the actual bears. It features a fuzzy, faux fur upper and jagged Swoosh branding inspired by the bears’ jester collars. You’ll also notice a stash pocket behind the tongue, which aligns with a certain recreational activity that Deadheads are known to regularly partake in.