Invisible Shoes. Comme des Garçons get inventive on a classic
- Transparent Panels Constructed from TPU
- White Foam Heel Collar
- Black Leather Upper
- Black Swoosh
- White Midsole with Air Cushioning
- Comme des Garçons theme of "The Emperor’s New Clothes”
The CDG x Nike Dunk debuted at Rei Kawakubo & Comme des Garçon Homme Plus' Spring 2017 show in June 2016. Dubbed the 'Invisible Shoes' as a reference to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The CDG x Nike Dunk Hi is relatively obscure release but one that manages to capture the essence of the Dunk's flow through the use of a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) transparent toebox (vamp) and quarter panel. If you're going to rock, the CDG Dunk Hi, you better have the sock game to match. The remaining panels of the shoe such as the ankle collar and the lower portion of the heel colour are made up of leather and are dressed in black. The mid and upper section of the heel, towards the collar are finished in white foam.
Silhouette Explored — History
1985 — Back To The Future. Michael Jordan’s Rookie Year (‘84-85). Nike released the Dunk.
The Dunk was designed by Jordan 1 creator, Peter Moore in 1985. Often mistaken for one another - to the untrained eye - the silhouette is almost identical to the Jordan 1 and similar to the Terminator, released in the same year. The shoe was actually a mash-up of design elements of the Jordan 1, the Air Force 1 and the Terminator, the concentric circular tread outsole a common factor in both the AF1 and AJ1. The Dunk was built for college basketball and became Nike's official team shoe, with the signature of the Dunk becoming to dress the shoe in the colours of the respective team they were made for. This practice was launched as part of Nike's 'Be True To Your School' campaign, which rallied players and fans of collegiate teams to show out for their varsity teams by wearing the Dunk in the home colour of their teams. A novel, perhaps genius marketing effort that played on the emotional connection to being apart of a group and showing unity. The campaign was centred around 12 colleges including the University of Arizona, Georgetown, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Syracuse, St. John's and UNLV.
The original Dunks were retroed in 1998, but after the Dunks stint on the hardwood, they made their way on to the park. Available in both low and high models, the Dunk's cushioning, traction and relatively cheap price point appealed to skaters. A key characteristic of shoes for skaters being durability, the Dunk was made to last and the shoes sleek non-skate aesthetic was a breath of fresh air in a period of bulky Supra, DVS and DC silhouettes. The Nike Dunk officially became a part of Nike's SB line in 2002 and was rechristened the SB Dunk; and subsequent collaborations with Supreme, Slam City Skates & Jeff Staple brought the shoe unprecedented levels of demand. Today, the Dunk holds a legacy alongside the Blazer, the Jordan 1, the Air Force 1 & the Cortez as transcending their original purpose and redefining the respective areas of the sneaker industry in which they sit.