Nike SB Dunk Low Heineken
Release date: March 5 2003
Style Code: 304292-302
For this sneaker throwback we look to the controversial Nike SB Dunk Low Heineken – a sneaker which sparked a copyright lawsuit due to Nike’s failure to communicate the vision prior.
The pair was put into production in 2003, however before the public release, Nike was slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit by the Dutch beer company. This complaint led to a total halt on production and a total separation of the Nike SB Dunk and Heineken.
The Heineken bottle inspired dunk features the famous star on the lateral heel, striking red laces, and the famous bottle green color. The green overlays are in nubuck and the black swoosh is suede. There is a white leather upper and a mesh tongue with both the label and the Nike heel tab written in red-stitching. The heel tab also differs with a thicker suede.
Since the lawsuit, Nike is not allowed to use the name Heineken when promoting the shoe and as such the dunk is now listed as “Classic Green” rather than “Heineken” in their archives.
The fact that this pair was halted during production means that there are extremely limited original pairs, and the hype behind the infringement has led to secondary market prices to sky-rocket.