Last year, Nike finally ended its six-year hiatus of not having teamed up with Jun Takahashi, the Japanese fashion designer who founded the Undercover label back in 1993. In 2016, Nike and Undercover collaborated in an attempt to revamp and uphaul the way running apparel is perceived in modern times. The Undercover x NikeLab Gyakusou Running line has frequently been updated, featuring unmistakably eye-catching and innovative aesthetic characteristics, all courtesy of Jun Takahashi. Of course, Nike also wants to keep on taking everyday-use, functional aesthetic apparel to the next level. In 2017 though, Undercover is designing a unique Dunk variation in collaboration with Nike.
Back in November 2016, Jun Takahashi revealed that he draws most of the inspiration for his creativity from running. However, the latest capsule collection that he designed in collaboration was entirely about being comfortable and functional. Jun’s concept and idea behind the Nike Gyakusou Running Collection was to offer stylish options to high fashion enthusiasts as a means of motivating them to incorporate running into their lives. Jun drew inspiration from both natural and urban landscapes, and traditional Japanese shades, for the tonal color schemes of the included sneakers, namely two Nike LunarEpic Flyknit iterations featuring new, unique supportive and water-resistant web overlays.
Many sneakerheads are probably already familiar with all of the Nike and Undercover collaborations that have taken place in the past, especially the high-tech running NikeLab Gyakusou ones. While Undercover has previous worked on the Dunk Sky Hi, but as a part of this year’s collaboration Jun has incorporated Huarache-like tooling into Nike’s iconic Dunk model. This brand new variation, which has been dubbed the Nike Jungle Dunk, has premium tumbled leather uppers dressed up predominantly in Royal Blue. It also features additional Dynamic flywire, Air Huarache heel cages, natural motion-inspired rugged outsoles, and weather resistant toe box tape tooling.
Nike has a longstanding relationship with Jun Takahasi’s Undercover label and this year, that relationships continues with this brand new collaboration. Sneakerheads are likely intrigued and will not have to wait too long because the Undercover x Nike Jungle Dunk makes its international retail debut on January 18th. Keep checking back for updates regarding its stateside release.
Undercover x Nike Jungle Dunk
Release Date: January 18th, 2017
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