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Nike SB and Black Sheep Skate Shop (Charlotte, NC) have teamed up again to celebrate the intersection of Skate and Sneaker culture with a collaboration set to launch during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

The city of Charlotte was nicknamed “a hornets nest of rebellion” during the Revolutionary War, and Black Sheep’s latest Nike SB collaboration pays tribute to this raucous spirit and the ethos of skateboarding.

The “Black Hornet” Dunk High features an iridescent leather upper which shifts from teal/purple/black in the light depending on angle of view – paying homage to the iconic colors popularized by the Charlotte Hornets during the early 90’s. Elephant print panels take inspiration from the texture of the hornet’s nest hive and classic SB releases of the past giving a nod to Michael Jordan, basketball legend and owner of the Hornets franchise. The shoes sport a smooth black leather swoosh that is highlighted with contrasting silver embroidery in the shape of a stinger, one of many unique details that connect to the city’s roots and inspiration for the shoe.

The tongue is constructed using a tonal, black on black nylon mesh and features a hex “hive” pattern. The underside of the ear flaps reveal a “hornet wing” print while the custom metal honeycomb shaped eyelets provide additional detail. The sock liners feature the official NBA logo and a “hornet’s nest” graphic.

“We were thrilled when we found out that the NBA All-Star Game was coming to Charlotte. With a launch during All-Star Weekend it only seemed right to push the envelope on materials and have some fun with the design.” said Josh Frazier, owner of Black Sheep. Frazier continued, “I grew up skating in the original AJ-1’s, so we wanted to create something that took design cues from classic sneakers as well as inspiration from our hometown and local scene. Teal and Black are trademark Nike SB colors while Teal and Purple have a lot of nostalgia and a special significance in our local community. I love that the color is dynamic and changes from every angle – it can look colorful and flashy in direct light, yet toned down and dark on foot or in low light.”

A limited, Deluxe Edition with special packaging will be available exclusively from Black Sheep. The Deluxe Edition includes a custom box and incorporates a variety of accessories for Sneaker enthusiasts and collectors. Those accessories include a printed, woven dust bag, assorted custom Nike SB icon stickers, mini foam basketball and silver honeycomb deubré lace locks by Fully Laced. Rounding out the Deluxe Edition is a 3-pack of “Stinger” silver tip laces.

The Black Sheep x Nike SB “Black Hornet” Dunk High will be available at Black Sheep’s Charlotte, NC flagship location on Friday, February 15th. Select skate shops across the country will launch on Friday February 22nd with a SNKRS launch to follow on February 23th.

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