The collaboration between Albino & Preto, a prominent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brand, and Nike SB has introduced a distinctive woven iteration of the iconic Dunk silhouette. This unexpected union seamlessly bridges the realms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and skateboarding, creating a unique sneaker that’s sure to turn heads.
The latest iteration of the Albino & Preto x Nike SB Dunk Low pays a subtle yet significant homage to BJJ’s traditional uniform, the gi. The sneaker boasts woven textile uppers with a wear-away layering effect, mirroring the gi’s durability and adaptability.
What truly sets this release apart is the inclusion of multiple laces, each meticulously selected to correspond with the belt ranks in BJJ. It’s a nod to the sport’s hierarchy and traditions. However, a word of caution: opt for black or red laces only if you’re ready to signify your prowess on the mats.
For those unfamiliar with Albino & Preto, it’s a brand that originated in 2011, dedicated primarily to crafting high-quality BJJ attire, including gis and rash guards. However, Albino & Preto isn’t merely satisfied with dominating the world of martial arts fashion. This collaboration with Nike SB signifies their foray into the broader realm of streetwear and sneaker culture.
The Dunk Low itself exhibits a hemp-like canvas on the upper, adorned with contrasting white stitching against a “Sail” base hue. This aesthetic closely mirrors the appearance of a typical jiu-jitsu gi, blending the martial art’s essence with street style.
Nike’s Swoosh logo elegantly graces the lateral and medial walls, in a contrasting black hue with white stitch detailing. At the heel, the unmistakable “AP” signature of Albino & Preto adds a finishing touch to this remarkable sneaker.
As for the release date, it remains somewhat elusive, with sources pointing toward the end of this year. Sneaker enthusiasts and BJJ practitioners alike eagerly await the unveiling of this unique collaboration.