This leads onto the shoe I am about the describe. Nike have paid a homage to the DMC-12, with the release of the Nike Dunk SE DeLorean. The shoe provides many visual references to the vehicle which shares its name:
- The brushed stainless steel of the car is copied as the exterior of the shoe
- The lines on the shoe are similar to that of the car
- There is a reference to Belfast on the tongue, which is where the car was manufactured
- The gull-wing doors of the car are referenced by the eye stays of the shoe
- The rear tail lights of the car are the inspiration for the sole of the shoe
- There is a DMC logo on the heel of the shoe (but this is made out of what looks like a pseudo-reflective 3M material - it does not actually reflect that much light)
Still, the hype it generated for the public was huge. The shoe was released for around $90 from retailers in the USA only, but was available overnight on ebay.com for around $900. It appears prices have settled to $150 to $300 range currently.
Upon wearing this shoe, I have noted a few things:
- They are definitely more suited to casual wearing or skateboarding, as opposed to basketball as the name of the shoe may suggest
- They are not that comfortable - it took 3 days of constant wearing all day to break in, and in that time, I developed big blisters on the top of my big toes - where the shoe was rubbing the most
- The will not make you go back in time, regardless of how fast you run (ok, this was in reference to the Back to the Future film)
- After breaking them in, the shoes develop creases, mainly in the toe-box. These creases are not easy to undo / remove
- This shoe has some appeal to shoe collecters (ie. "sneakerheads"), 80s film fans, but not so much to the general public
- After a week of continual wearing, they have gotten to a state of comfort, but you should protect them with a "scotch guard-like spray", as they are not easy to keep clean once they develop stains
My thanks for these shoes goes to the team at DeadStockSociety.com. If you are after this shoe for yourself, either try their website, or look on ebay. Stocks of this shoe are forever dwindling, and at this point in time, I have not heard that Nike will be releasing any more of them.