Wear and tear on shoes is quite normal. We are doing a wide range of activities out and about in the world. This takes a natural toll on our shoes. However, while there are ways to prevent shoe from wear and tear, a few shoes have been made to promote or encourage people to wear them as they change colors over time.
Below is our list of Nike SBs that change over time due to wear and tear:
Air Jordan One x SB (2014)
Air Jordan One x SB is the most pronounced example of wearaway design in Nike history. It symbolizes a period when skateboarders weren’t in to popping bottles and spending money around, referring to the need for custom shoe fixes and hand painted restorations. These shoes are both black and white that will over time reveal that they’re in fact a mismatched pair of ‘Breds’ and ‘Royal’ OGs.
Nike SB Cheech and Chong (2011)
Nike SB Cheech and Chong was released a few months after the Statue of Liberty release. It's an upshot collaboration between Todd Bratrud and Nike Skateboarding which is also considered as one of his extremely popular 4/20 colorways. It features a white canvas upper with a red Swoosh, grey tongue, black contrast stitching, and a smoke grey outsole. The right shoe takes on the ribbed skull-cap material worn by Cheech, while the left shoe features a paisley bandana print inspired by Chong. Green and black laces are used respectively, while a stash pocket is strategically hidden behind the tongue as an added detail. The shoe's cutaway white canvas toe could be ripped, burned,or cut to reveal a green suede that matched its laces.
Nike SB Statue of Liberty (2011)
Inspired by the global shoe capital and a city known for its love of SB Dunks. The Nike SB Statue of Liberty features a nice leather colorway, though the most hyped element of the shoe is its ability to shed an outer layer of paint, leaving an old oxidized finish that mimics that of New York’s iconic landmark.
Nike SB Mid Asbury Park aka Casino (2008)
The Nike SB Asbury Park aka Casino (Island Teal / Mineral Yellow) is inspired by the Casino Skatepark located in Ashbury Park, New Jersey. It's a Mid-top shoe that features wearaway panels that change its color due to proper wear. This pair is underrated indeed, but the days of getting a deadstock pair for around retail are long gone as so many have already been beaten into their ‘after’ state.
Nike SB Joe Strummer “After” (2007)
The Nike SB Joe Strummer “After” (2007) features colors by Baravetto and is part of the Music Series by Nike SB. It is inspired by the Clash front man’s Fender Telecaster guitar and the beating it endured over the years. This premium edition came equipped with the largest portion of color-change material to date, with the entire toe taking on a vintage look as the shoe ages.
Nike SB Slam City (2005)
It’s hard to tell why the Slam City’s caused so much HYPE with its brown suede uppers when it's released years ago. Is it because of its odd color combination? the caricature of Jesus on the tongue? or the map on the insoles? Well, the answer perhaps is the fact that its swooshes changes colors and creates a tonal complement to the blue laces and heel tabs, after it wear down after hours of skating.