Size and fit

The Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential is made for women. Generally, these sneakers fit true to size. The high-top silhouette and the lace-up closure allow a snugger and more secure fit to the feet.

Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential Style

Basing on the history of the Nike Dunk, it has the reputation to push its limits, the Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential being a living proof. It knows no boundaries when it was able to combine high fashion and sports through a mix of wedge and sneakers. Sporting a bold signature Swoosh logo on the sides, a concealed wedge heel, and a mixed-material upper, the Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential took fashion to new heights literally and figuratively.

Because it combines sporty and girly, styling these can be fairly easy. As it is versatile, it can match jeans, shorts, or skirts and can be suited for almost any occasion. Several celebrities were seen off-cam wearing the Dunk Sky Hi Essential.

Notable Features

When court-style and high fashion married in one shoe, it certainly piques the interest of the market.  Its upper is composed of different textures and materials for a more eye-catching design despite its monochromatic colorway. A unique feature of the Dunk Sky Hi Essential is its concealed 2.6 inches wedge. It also has a round toe and perforated vamp, which is a perfect casual contrast to the sleek design of the sneaker.  These features sit atop a non-marking rubber outsole with a modern Waffle pattern for more traction and durability.

Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential History

Although made for women, the Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential takes inspiration from one of the brand's most iconic basketball shoes, the Nike Dunk. The sneakers took inspiration from different shoe mashups, which was a usual design practice during the 80s. The sneakers’ silhouette resembles the Nike Air Force 1. The outsole is inspired by Air Jordan I’s traction design, which happens to be released just only a few months before the Dunk. The upper, on the other hand, is a fusion of the Air Jordan I and Nike Terminator which was conceptualized by the same creative minds of the Nike Dunk. In 1985, when basketball was reaching heights and as basketball sneakers were gaining their place in high-fashion and having off-court popularity, Nike released the Nike Dunk.

The brand decided to maximize the marketing potential of the Nike Dunk, targeting college basketball which was gaining popularity during the 80s. The brand established the Nike College Colors program and delivered sneakers that can allow fans to celebrate school spirit. The program had a tagline “Be True to your School.” The initial campaign featured bold-colored basketball shoes which centered around 12 schools.

In 2002, the Nike Dunk spread across the skateboarding community through the “SB” brand. Its first release as Nike SB Dunk Low featured a padded tongue and collar and a “Zoom Air” technology. Throughout the years, the SB brand has been modified and recreated in order to cater the needs of its consumers. This also applied to the Nike Dunk Series, which went through different collaborations and mashups throughout the years. The Dunk Sky Hi Essential is one example of innovating sneakers into a more feminine and stylish footwear.

Additional Info

  • These sneakers feature a padded tongue and collar for more comfort.
  • A lightweight EVA midsole is used for these shoes for additional comfort and cushion.
  • Several personalities were seen wearing these sneakers including Kirsten Bell, Minka Kelly, and Jessica Biel to name a few.
  • The Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) on the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier sports a black colorway Nike Dunk Sky Hi Essential. She used purple laces to contrast the all-black upper.


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