A pair of Nike Dunks just won gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Typically, the shoes worn by curlers are relatively unexciting, and most professionals compete in shoes equipped with Teflon sliders and made by sport-specific brands like Goldline Curling and Balance Plus.

During the 2018 Winter Olympics, world-class curler Matthew Hamilton, who as a member of Team USA helped his country win its first-ever gold medal in the sport during those games, bucked the trend when he surprisingly took the ice in a pair of Nikes. Editions PG3 Nasa Blue Apollo 15 Mission. The orange, silver and blue space center-themed trainers had been specially modified for curling and, for the first time, came with blades underfoot – a typical pair of trainers would look out of place on the ice, and wouldn’t help him get a gold medal either. medal.

Richard Heathcote

Now, for the 2022 Winter Olympics, currently in full swing in Beijing, the American curling champion has made a similar gesture. Hamilton stepped out on the sheet against Team Sweden in the men’s round robin session on day six of the Games wearing a pair of custom “What The Paul” Nike SB Dunks.

The low-top sneakers in question released in May 2021 and were an instant hit (you can still buy them for triple their original price on resale sites like StockX). The Nike SB Dunk Low What The P-Rod pays homage to past Nike SB collaborations and releases from the P-Rod signature line, which was made in collaboration with skateboarding legend Paul Rodriguez. Its mismatched upper comes in an array of mesh, patterned rubber and leather, and punchy suede, while Rodriguez’s signature sits on the tongue and blacked-out leather Swooshes.

Richard Heathcote

Hamilton’s ice-ready shoes were made in conjunction with Project Blitz, which is a sneaker consignment store in Los Angeles that boasts customers including Beyoncé, Drake and Jay-Z. Founded by sneaker dealer Andre Ljustina, Project Blitz operates from an undisclosed location and offers an unrivaled selection of rare original sneakers, as well as custom versions. Case in point: A pair of Ye’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes, reportedly worn by the rapper, sold for $1.8 million last year.

When asked what he was packing for the Olympics ESPN before they took place, Hamilton said, “Crazy, crazy curling shoes! My guys at Project Blitz really got it. It’s the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘What the P-Rod.’ It’s the perfect shoe for a guy like me!”

Team GB, step up.


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