Since the untimely passing of Lewis Marnell (R.I.P.), we’ve noticed a lack of Nike SB riders and consumers alike skipping the collection of Dunks at retailers everywhere. Its more than unfortunate considering a couple of things. For one, the Dunk skates exceptionally well and has always been the go-to staple for older/defeated skate heads with increasing back and knee problems. More so, they’re one of the few remaining shoes that’ll properly give you ankle support and a strap to further ensure your bad ankle flare ups become a thing of the past. Aside from these obvious and completely rational reasons to skate Dunks, there’s one more significantly important reason to skate Dunks: You’ll look OG as fuck.
You’re probably wondering where the rationale is in “OG as fuck” but hear us out. The Dunk has a reputable track record of making sub-par skateboarders look that much more stylish. One of many examples.
Now before our analysis continues, we’re not necessarily stating that any of these mentioned skaters were lacking any style per se. We’re just saying that their efforts of skating a Dunk in the past consequentially made them more appealing and unique then, versus now.
Lewis Marnell The aforementioned Lewis Marnell is our primary example of this confusing yet logical concept. He’s the clear exception to this theory considering the fact that he always wore Dunks so needless to say, we never missed his Dunk wearing days while he was still blessing us with his footage. He’s the quintessential schematic as to who should skate Dunks due to his baggy attire. If you happen to be sporting dreads, even better. No question about it, he left way too soon. Here’s Lewis talking about why he skated Dunks– you might’ve missed it.
Wieger Van Wageningen It’s far more debatable than we thought now that we’ve come this far. Yes, our preference still lies with the Wieger X Dunk combination but we can’t deny his improved style and stability in short shorts and Janoski’s. Overall, he’s the same person but that doesn’t change our valued opinion in believing in Wieger’s Dunk wearing abilities. On a side note, why haven’t more Pro’s skated to the Smiths? Fear of screwing it up or have all the fast beat Smiths songs been used up?
John Motta There’s no formal evidence that supports the fact that John Motta is skating anything but Dunks. If our reporting is right, the last thing he produced (on the internet) was during the Skate Mental: Somebody’s Getting Pregnant tour and the notable midsole cut out of a Dunk was nowhere to be found in any of his clips. Whether he’s not receiving anymore Dunk packages is beyond us but if he has any control over the packages he gets, we’d be pleased to know that they’re Dunks. Not only are they a fully functional skate shoe but you can probably pay off your month’s rent if the right pair is packed in. If he’s not willing to wear Dunks, we’ll just go ahead and savor the vibe from his P.V.W.H.L. part. That push off the curb doe. #ItsTheSmallThingsGuys
As much as it may bother some people to hear this, the Nike SB Dunk is going to come as close as it gets to skating an Accel (until eS decides to reissue it). If you’re looking for that same feel and aren’t willing to wait, make sure you find a mellow pair for cheap. These would be too much to skate in.