Back in 2006 Nike made the first sample of the Nightmare on Elm Street sneaker, dubbed the Freddy Krueger Dunk SB. Shortly after, decided to scrap the first original sample they came up with. They went back to the drawing board and came up with the current iteration you see floating around for sale. The original samples are rumored to have a very small amount (around 5), which could justify their price tag for $3,499. The second round of samples, scrapped from a lawsuit of trademark infringement brought on by New Line Cinema, most likely made their way buried underneath a basketball court in Beaverton.
The rumored story goes like this..
Just like Starbucks owns that color green called Starbucks Green, New Line Cinema owns the color way to the Freddy sweater and its stripe design. So with the second sample having thinner stripes and offset colors from the original sample (pictured below) this is how the general release (pictured above) sample came to fruition. The darker brown in the original sample (below) was closer to Freddy pants color.
The month of October always stirs up problems with copyright and trademark with horror characters, making it harder for anyone to release without other companies consent. Nike SB made the first sample so they could test the water with what they could get away with in the shoes, thats why they have the Freddy Red and Green sweater colors splattered on the shoe, so they could put an emphasis on those colors.
New Line found out that Nike was actually calling the sneakers Freddy Krueger / Krueger Dunks through internal emails and unless New Line was paid for the usage of the name they weren’t having it. So that means that these sneakers will never see the light of day until New Line decides to release them (insert here new Freddy Krueger Movie). If Nike had not given them a name and allowed people to dicate the name (Purple Pigeons, Tiffany’s,etc) then we’d all be lining up to buy these.
What was supposed to be General Release in November 2007 as part of the horror pack now may never see the light of day. This was one of the few releases that were set in motion to be bigger than the Diamond SB release. Currently floating around online is the word that these will be released, which is most likely not true, we haven’t heard anything here. While that doesn’t mean much, the only rumor we have heard is New Line simply wanted too much money to see these made. Check out the original samples below, courtesy of Mental Therapy and Deskx22