Since the live-action Transformers graced our screens in 2007, everyone, not just comic geeks, has had a soft spot in their hearts for the little (by comparison) yellow robot without his own voice. This was confirmed when Bumblebee got his own spinoff movie in 2018, but who could have guessed that Diversitile would have seen it coming with this stunning pair of Bumblebee-inspired Nike Dunk Highs?
Bumblebee came out in 2018 and told the story of our favourite young Transformer before he lost his voice and when he first came to Earth and formed a bond with humanity. Seven years earlier, as if Diversitile had some knowledge that we didn’t, they released these epic Nike Dunk Highs on the 17th of July, 2011.
First off, the pair has a stunning custom wooden box that is black on the interior and yellow on the outside, with Bumblebee’s iconic racing stripes on the wood and on the clear window that lets you see the sneakers while they are still in the box, and emulating the windows of Bumblebee when he is in vehicle mode.
The outsole of the sneakers is a pretty standard black, contrasted ideally by a plain white midsole, neither of which really brings attention to the base, allowing the rest of the sneaker to stand out in all its detail. The laces are also plain black to match the outsole.
The base of the sneakers is a perfectly bright, high gloss yellow that leaves room for the overlay pieces to shine but also includes Bumblebee’s racing stripes from the toe box all the way up the tongue.
The Nike Swooshes are also black but sport a bit of carbon fibre overlay to bring home the Transformer inspiration. Speaking of the overlays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the stunning silver detailing all over the upper overlays, covering the mudguard around the toe box, the lace stays, and the overlay that wraps around the heel.
The overlays are designed to look like exposed metal, like the stunning chrome and exposed metal you would typically see when transformers shift from their vehicular to their bipedal form. The exposed metal on the heel is not only chrome, however, as there are details that include some weathering and rust, some rivets, and peaks of yellow in the mix as well.
The sneakers are absolutely stunning, and while no one here is suggesting that sneakers are only for men, Diversilite released the perfect “His and Hers” pair, adding a stunning pair of matching platform pumps for any Transformer-loving ladies who want to match their man, or that want to swap things out from high-heels to much more functional flats.
It is a shame that these shoes are a piece of the past, and I can’t help but wish I could get my hands on a pair of these sneakers or the matching set.