Size and fit

The Nike Dunk Low Flyknit is a unisex shoe that is offered in men's sizes. Ladies who want to cop should go one size down from their regular shoe size. The kick's Flyknit upper is constructed to fit true to size.

Nike Dunk Low Flyknit Style

The timeless design of the Nike Dunk Low Flyknit exhibits a wear-with-anything style. Its minimal and classic silhouette makes for a kick that's easy to match with an array of casual outfits. It could be worn with joggers and a hoodie for the ultimate athleisure ensemble or opt for a pair of chinos, a plain shirt, and a casual blazer for a dressier look for the men. Ladies can match it with leggings, shorts, skirts, or dresses for a comfortable yet feminine outfit.

Notable Features

This shoe stayed loyal to the OG Dunk's silhouette but is now crafted from Nike's Flyknit technology that comes clothed in various colorways offering enhanced comfort and style. Its tongue, heel counter, and Swoosh logo are made of leather for added structure. The outsole features an updated tread pattern for enhanced traction.

Nike Dunk Low Flyknit History

The Nike Dunk, born in 1985, was initially released in a hi-top silhouette as it was first manufactured as a basketball shoe. Designer Peter Moore sketched it, and his purpose in creating the shoe is to release a model that will complement different school colors. Hence, the Dunk was dubbed as the "College Color High" at first.

The Dunk is reported to be a mash-up of different Nike shoes that came before it: the outsole resembled the same traction as the Air Jordan 1, while the upper is a combination of the Nike Terminator and the Air Jordan 1. Equipped with the comfort of a basketball shoe and street style aesthetics, it inevitably spread beyond basketball and onto the streets.

The 90s saw a boom in the skateboarding culture and, by this time, skaters have been using the Nike Dunks for kickflips and ollies. Between 1998 and 2000, Nike released the Dunk that featured a nylon tongue, which further attracted the shoe to skateboarders.

Finally, in 2002, Nike released multiple skate-specific designs modified to cater to the demands of skateboarding. This shoe was called the Nike Dunk SB. Since its introduction, various skateboarders and designers have reinterpreted the shoe in a multitude of colors and materials.

The Nike Dunk has been around for more than 30 years, and it has transcended decades, different sports and fashion. In recent years, though, the Dunk has been in the backseat due to a shift in consumers' choice in their footwear: slimmer and lighter silhouettes. It didn't take long until Nike released a Flyknit version of the Dunk to keep up with modern trends. Re-introduced in summer 2017, the Nike Dunk Low Flyknit retained its predecessor's design but reconstructed in a lighter and more breathable Flyknit upper.

Additional Info

  • An embroidered "Flyknit" is sewn inside the tongue.
  • The shoe's lining is made from leather for added durability and protection for the feet.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Dunk Low
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Dunk, Nike Flyknit
Closure: Laces
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole / Fabric

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