As we’re getting closer to 2011 we take a look back at the Nike SB shoes that were released in 2010. We list our favorites from every shoe in the line-up. Read about it after the jump.
We were surprised by the amount of good Dunk low releases in 2010. There was something for everybody. Wheter you liked flashy neckbreakers or simple everyday kicks, SB had you covered. Our favorite out of the bunch are the ‘Unlodens‘ (black/dark army). These really remind us of the early days of SB. A very skateable shoe, full suede, basic colors, what’s not to love? We predict this could be a future classic.
After Nike SB cut the straps from the mids a lot of people gave up on them. Their loss, because Nike dropped a few good ones this year. We were huge fans of the Black/White/Gum colorway. Eric Koston tested some highs in that color when he just got on the squad and many were hoping for those to release. A year later we got the mid top version and it looks amazing. Can’t go wrong with this classic color combination.
A lot of quality Dunk highs this year but they were definitely more on the colorful side of the spectrum. Most of the releases had a clear backstory or inspiration behind them which made for some unusual shoes. Our favorite of the bunch were the Skunks. SB keeps showing love to the smokers with their 4/20 releases and this year’s edition was one of the best. From the inspiration to the material and even a small detail like the stash pocket in the tongue, this shoe was the real deal.
The Janoski kept reigning supremely in 2010, selling like hotcakes all over the globe. Many great colorways were released this year but the one that stood out the most for us was the Black Distressed Leather colorway. This one was a surprise to most, judging by the catalog pics most expected a smooth black leather edition. The distressed leather gives these a more worn look. A good move because most Janoski’s look beather worn than VNDS.
The Blazer family got a new member this year with the cutdown, Brian Anderson Custom, cupsoled Blazer CS. But our favorite is the regular Blazer, colored up by on of our favorite SB riders and designers: Gino Ianucci. The Poets Blazer was made for his shop on Long Island and features a perforated upper, something we know and love from previous Gino shoes (Dunks and FC’s) The blue suede upper and midsole make this one really stand out.
We know, it’s kinda disrespectful to label these as ‘the rest’ but these models do not get as many releases at the ones we’ve mentioned before. This group has seen it’s new additions this year as well. Omar Salazar got his own pro shoe and the Tre AD was replaced by the Zoom FP. Plus there was the all new Supreme model, the 94. From this group we really liked the White/Black Bruin. They were released in July and were the perfect summer shoe. White canvas means they’re dirt magnets but as long as your pair was clean you were bound to catch a few looks at your shoes. So fresh, so clean.
The P-Rod brand is growing in importance for SB and they keep improving and adding shoes. The P-Rod’s fourth pro model made its way into stores this year and became our favorite P-Rod of the year. We really dug the P-Rod 4 Black/Charcoal/Gum. It looks like our favorite skateshoes from back in the days (suede, black, gumsole) but the ostrich on the Swoosh just adds that bit of luxury feel that we remember from the first P-Rods.
So that’s our list of our favorite SB’s or 2010. What’s yours?