There is no shortage of wild colorways for the Nike SB Dunk. It's always been one of the most playful and irreverent canvases for Nike and its many collaborators throughout the years to get creative with. From "Skunk Dunks" to this year's Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Dunky," there are countless Dunk colorways that get people turning their heads. But what exactly is the deal with the "Invert Celtics" Dunk High released this fall?
What's up with the mismatched materials and colors on the inner panels? What do Celtics have to do with anything? And why (or how) are they inverted? This odd colorway has confused many hardcore collectors and sneaker novices alike, so we thought we'd clear things up. We'll answer all these questions here.
Before we start talking about the "invert" part of the concept, we'll start with "Celtics." As you may have guessed, "Celtics" refers to the Boston Celtics. The white and green leather panels you see on the inside of the shoe are the colors of the storied Boston NBA franchise. And although there was no "Celtics" colorway when the Dunk originally released in 1985 as a basketball shoe, the color scheme has become a classic look for the model, appearing from time to time throughout the years in its various retro releases.
OK, so now let's move on the "Invert" part of the equation. The Dunk High "Invert Celtics" has black and pink suede panels because if you literally invert those two hues—on a computer screen or your phone, or whatever—they are reversed to white and green. And of course, then the white and green leather panels are inverted to black and pink. Check out the before and after pictures below.
So there you have it, the meaning behind the "Invert Celtics" Dunk High. The shoe is actually part of a Nike SB "Inverted Pack," which also features the Blazer Mid, Blazer Low GT, and Stefan Janoski in their own vibrant colors that when inverted are more traditional team-based colorways. However, the Dunk is the only of the four styles to feature both color combinations and contrasting materials on the same shoe.