Nike has confirmed that their skateboarding imprint Nike SB will produce a special line of Grateful Dead-inspired sneakers this summer.
Images of the Dancing Bear kicks have been floating around the Internet for months, but with this confirmation comes an official release date of July 18 for for the orange colorway and July 24 for green and yellow editions.
“Set in three colorways, the shoe playfully features bear-inspired detailing, such as a faux-fur and suede upper, a frayed Nike Swoosh mimicking the bears’ collars and an image of the bear on the tongue. (Another iconic Grateful Dead logo, the Steal Your Face skull, is printed on the underside of the sockliner.),” reads an official description.
GD archivist/legacy manager David Lemieux also weighed in on the collaboration, noting its nod to Dead audio engineer Bear (whom the Dancing Bears were modeled after): “As the band’s benefactor, Bear was an incredibly huge part of the Grateful Dead’s ability to become who they were. They were talented musicians, but they would not have had the financial freedom to forgo jobs, move to Los Angeles and practice for 14 hours a day. The band wouldn’t become what it is today without Bear’s innovations and contributions.”
Check out images of the green and yellow colorways below: