Air Jordan Dub Zero History
The Air Jordan Dub Zero sneakers were released in 2005. Rumor had it that the silhouette was at first just an attempt by Jordan to conceal the highly anticipated Air Jordan XX, but leaked photos of the sneaker became so popular among sneakerheads that the brand rushed it to production.
The shoes are actually a combination of seven Air Jordan silhouettes namely, the Air Jordan 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 20. The soles come from the 4, the back loops from the 6, the patent leather from the 11, and the tongues’ “T W O 3” from the 12. The shape, meanwhile, takes inspiration from the cut of the 13, the woven leather at the back from the 15, and the laser-etch design on the uppers come from the Air Jordan 20.
During the shoes’ initial run, four colorways in patent leather were dropped. In 2006, the brand released yet another colorway, but this would be the last for the silhouette until its return three years later. Unlike the first drops of the sneaker, the 2009 release featured embroidered logos instead of the etched laser print. The brand dropped four colorways for the silhouette in 2009 before taking them off the market again for several years.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan as well as the 10th anniversary of the laser print, Air Jordan brought back the silhouette in 2015. Laser print was brought back as well, but the patent leather had been replaced with traditional leather.