This release is a collaboration with Minneapolis based Familia Skateshop and artist Todd Bratrud and takes its inspiration from midwest folklore– specifically, the legend of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The kicks feature a slick mix of ultra premium materials and some incredible attention to design details like embossed swirl patterns on the panels, heel embroidery, custom detailing on the swoosh, lumberjack plaid lining, and custom Babe the Blue Ox artwork on the footbed. They knocked this one out of the park and it is safe to say these are instant classics.
“Nike SB & Minneapolis based Familia skate shop have once again teamed up, this time to create a modern folk tale via footwear. Delving into their midwestern heritage, the crew at Familia has taken the opportunity to reconnect with a beloved childhood yarn. Paul Bunyan, lumberjack of yore, plays a giant role in the American imagination but it’s the spirit and strength of Babe, Bunyan’s trusted blue ox, which informs the styling of Nike SB’s latest collaboration with this Minneapolis mainstay.”