Ithaca's getting its very own Nike shoe design, and the limited edition is likely to go fast

January 5, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

It's a Nike shoe designed with Ithaca in mind, and Homegrown Skateshop owner Andrew Douglas expects the limited edition will go fast.

The Homegrown X Nike SB. Photo courtesy Homegrown Skateshop.The Homegrown X Nike SB. Photo courtesy Homegrown Skateshop."We'll probably sell out Friday with no chance of a restock," says Douglas, who says he anticipates "quite a crowd for the launch" when the Homegrown X Nike SB goes on sale at 10am this Friday, January 8th. According to Douglas, "our take on the timeless silhouette draws heavily on the area’s wooded terrain and natural beauty," and features "artwork by long time shop family member Jesse Hill" intended to "convey the outdoor theme while maintaining a clean aesthetic."

Homegrown X Nike SB shoes in sizes 6-13 are available in regular Nike packaging for $120, and there's a "very limited number" of sizes 7-13 available in "hand crafted hardwood boxes featuring laser etched front and back panels and lids featuring the artwork of Jesse Hill." No two wooden boxes are alike; they're handcrafted by master woodworker Bryan Tarbell and assembled in New York State. The $185 LTD box edition includes a hand-screened cotton dust bag and a t-shirt.

Douglas tells us Homegrown, which opened in 2005, has been carrying the Nike SB brand since 2006, "and over the last decade I've been fortunate to work with some great people." He adds, "I’ve always wanted to do a shoe for them, and the stars ended up aligning around a year and a half ago when the project was greenlit."

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick calls Andrew Douglas "an impressive entrepreneur and also a great citizen," who volunteers time and money to support Ithaca's skateboard park and mentor kids interested in skateboarding.

The shoe features a "rugged full pig suede upper" and hiker laces. Douglas says "This being Ithaca, I fully expect at least a few people to heckle me about" the lack of a vegan shoe option.

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