The worlds of classics cars and fashion don’t cross paths very often, but a new release from Nike will have enthusiasts of both excited.
Taking inspiration from the Porsche 917 racers of 1969-71, or more specifically the livery they wore, the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Club 58’ mirrors the iconic Gulf Racing orange and blue colour combination.
Officially listed as Blue Chill/Safety Orange/Black and White, the trainers – or sneakers if you prefer – are predominantly blue suede with orange accents, just like the cars that inspired them.
The Gulf livery wasn’t exclusive to the 917 of course, also memorably adorning the flanks of Ford GT40s, Aston Martins and McLarens over the years. But it’s the Porsche 917 that is probably most closely associated with the livery, thanks in no small part to the 1971 Steve McQueen movie, Le Mans. For instant cool, just add McQueen.
Although ‘The King Of Cool’ probably wouldn’t have been seen dead in a pair of skateboard kicks, they make for a pretty handsome and unusual shoe that will tip-off those in the know of your impeccable taste in old motors.
And if you’re wondering what the ‘58’ roundel refers to, it’s a nod to a mysterious skate collective formed by Nike employees and shop owners.
The shoes went on sale yesterday, with an RRP of $100. USD But, as is the way with limited-edition sportswear, getting your hands on a pair is a bit more complicated than nipping to your local Sports Direct. They’re already completely sold out, so you’ll need to scour reseller sites such as StockX or take your chances on eBay. But if you fancy a pair, you’re gonna need deep pockets.
Hopefully, this is just the start of fashion’s flirtation with classic racing liveries. There are certainly rich pickings to be had for the right collaborations, and no doubt enough salivating petrolheads to make it worthwhile.
I know, because I’m one of them.