Coming up soon on the ever long sneaker release calendar is a rejuvenated pair of classic SB Dunks, the Rayguns – now with a psychedelic tie dye twist. Older SB fans will be very pleased with these two pairs of upcoming sneakers.
If there was an unofficial list of fan favorite Dunks to be remastered, the Rayguns would definitely be on it.
The History of the Rayguns
The original “Raygun” colorway of the Nike SB Dunk came in 2005 which could be considered to some as the golden era of Dunks. Posts and images suggest the colorway will return as a tribute to the late Sandy Bodecker, the veteran Nike employee and godfather of Nike SB who passed away last year.
Fun fact – the original release got the name from the Roswell Rayguns, a fictional ABA team from New Mexico that was the focus of a Nike ad campaign during the 2002 NBA Playoffs and shared the same color scheme. Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Paul Pierce, Jason Williams, Baron Davis and Jermaine O’Neal were on this team to name a few.
In more recency, we’ve seen shoes like this Kyrie 3 draped in the Raygun pantones.
The SB Dunk Moment
With Off White Dunks releasing today, it’s safe to say we are in a full fledged SB Dunk craze. The new Complex Sneakers Podcast did their first episode on the reemergence of the timeless silhouette which I highly recommend listening to.
Recently we’ve seen hits like the Parra, Halloween “Night of Mischief”, Viotech, and new iterations of Supreme Dunks that have been moving units. I feel that the bubble still has room to grow and more consumers will hop on.
A Closer Look
As alluded to earlier, there are two separate pairs releasing on December the 27th. A black and a white pair that are labeled as “Home” and “Away” respectively, just like the 2005 releases.
A trippy tie-dye print is on the quarter panels, heel counter, heel tab and insole. A “58” tag is also present on the inside of the tongue. Apart from the new print, the original shoe’s design is largely left intact: orange and yellow hues provide contrast with the black leather forefoot, and a special alien graphic appears on the lateral heel.
As of now these are not on the SNKRS calendar like a lot of other hyped releases we’re seeing recently. BUT rumor has it that the black “home” pair will be on SNKRS in full family sizes, it may be added close to release. They will indisputably be on Nike.com at the least on December 27, 2019.
Being that it’s an SB, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a rogue release where they hit local skate shops as well as online stores like CCS.com or Tactics.com. This is a shot in the dark at this point but in this Dunk resurgence we’re constantly reminiscing on old stories where you had to really go out and make an effort to get info and buy sneakers – including checking in with your local skate shops.
Rumbles are saying the white pair will be a more limited skate shop only pair, but stay tuned for any further news.
We hate to give such little info but at this time there’s no retail price announced. A fair guess is in the $110-$130 price range. Perhaps even $100 even.
Resale Predictions and Past Trends
We’ve seen a pattern of old Dunks getting remastered. One that comes to mind is the pair of “Black Pigeons”.
My thought process is the that these pairs of Rayguns will follow the pigeon model, especially the more accessible black “Home” pair. At first it may not resell for much but come a year or two down the road and it could triple in price like what we’re seeing now with the new pigeons.
The white pair should be a homerun in the resale game. Whether you’re an old dunkhead or a new adopter, this is an awesome shoe to build a collection around or add to one.
From a personal standpoint I’m happy this is still a low and Nike didn’t do a high. Off rip we can remember Dunks like the De La Soul’s, Diamond’s, and Cali’s that all had their second coming in a high silhouette when the original was a low.
Unanimously they were less coveted than their former releases.
Below we’ll see the recent activity on the 2005 versions. We’re seeing sales at about $800 and $550 and active high bids over $1,000 and almost $900 respectively for the black and white pairs!
What’s next for the Nike SB Dunk? Will we see old school models like the Paris, London, Futura, or Stussy’s more in the future? Sound off, we love to hear.