Thanks to celebrities like Travis Scott, SB Dunks are on the rise. That’s not exactly good for the collectors, as the prices are very high, but at least we get really cool releases like the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro QS x Civilist, which I will be reviewing for you.
Let’s start with some backstory on Civilist first. It’s a skateshop based in Berlin, Germany that has been on the map since 2009. They have been serving the skate community with passion and you can just feel good vibes as soon as you enter the store. Civilist have already collaborated with Nike back in 2013, to create a Nike SB Dunk High, but this year’s release definitely wins in terms of hype.
You may remember I’m a dunkhead so, as always, I took part in as many raffles as I could. Luckily for me, I got chosen by Civilist themselves to collect a pair from their store. Honestly, it was a no-brainer. Since the shoes were supposed to be picked up specifically on Wednesday only, I literally jumped in my car and drove to Germany to get them (yes, I did go to another country for a pair of sneakers).
These Dunks come in a colorful QS Nike SB box with 3 sets of extra laces: blue, yellow and red. The insoles are covered in a tie-die-ish motif with a Civilist smiley logo on. The tongue has a pixelized yellow swoosh and there is also a small nylon tag on the outer sides of the shoes, with the skateshop’s logo.
But let’s get to the best part of this release. The low-profile black leather upper is actually heat-activated. That means if the sun shines on them or you hold them in your hand long enough, there will be colorful red-blue-green-yellow patterns emerging from underneath the black leather. This is actually so much fun and is also very exciting as each pair is unique.
Fun fact: Civilist also released 2 limited versions of t-shirts (pixelized swoosh and smiley face) in-store, but by the time I got there, they were sadly all sold out.
The current market price for this pair has skyrocketed, but there are a few shops that haven’t released them yet and the stock seems to be quite high, so you still may have a chance to grab a pair for retail.