Who should buy the Nike Hyperdunk 08

Initially produced for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of Nike Basketball’s Innovation program, the Nike Hyperdunk 08 makes a comeback; taking its iconic on-court style and adapting it to streetwear culture. You would want to have this pair because:

  • You're a fan of Nike's most innovative technologies and would want to experience them in your gameplay.
  • You're a flyer and in need of an ultralight pair that would support that impact.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 logo

Nike Hyperdunk's genius midsole technologies

The OG model of the Hyperdunk 08 features one of the innovations Nike developed specifically for the Olympics. Designed with the help of NASA engineers, Lunar foam is a high rebound, spongy, and resilient foam that is used in the seats of space shuttles.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 midsole

To create Lunar foam, Nike combined EVA with Nitrate rubber. The result is a soft, bouncy, and responsive foam cushioning that is 30 percent lighter than Phylon with a cushioning feel that is almost comparable to Zoom Air.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 midsole mid

Nike implemented the new foam in the shoe’s forefoot.  In the heel, a large volume Zoom Air unit provides dynamic responsiveness and impact protection.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 heel

The other versions of the Nike Hyperdunk 08 Retro have a foam midsole that offers ultra-lightweight cushioning.

Solid outsole construction of Hyperdunk 08

The Nike Hyperdunk 08 has a rubber outsole that features a pivot circle lined with herringbone and forefoot grooves for multidirectional traction and enhanced on-court grip.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 outsole

Innovative stable lockdown

Also making its debut in the Hyperdunk 08, Nike’s Flywire technology acts like cables on a suspension bridge.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 laces

Flywire consists of Vectran filaments that are strategically placed along the upper to offer lightweight support and containment precisely where it is needed.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 lockdown

As an added support feature, the Hyperdunk 08 has a high-top collar that ensures a locked-in fit, while a carbon fiber midfoot shank is present in the OG model.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 ankle

Nike Hyperdunk 08's durable upper structure

The Nike Hyperdunk 08 has a synthetic leather upper for durability, TPU side panels for enhanced support, a cushioned collar for added comfort, and a Nike Tech Ultramesh tongue for breathability.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 upper

Hyperdunk 08's bold style

The originator of the Hyperdunk line returns just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Made famous by USA’s Redeem Team during their gold medal run in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, these retro basketball shoes were also featured in the Rio Olympics.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 style

The Nike Hyperdunk 08 Retro makes a bold comeback with a trio of vibrant monochromatic hues aptly called Solar Red, Photo Blue, and Volt.

Nike Hyperdunk 08 forefoot

Facts / Specs

Weight: 15oz
Top: High
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Hyperdunk
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Red / Blue / Green / White / Grey
SKUs: 820321002 / 820321100 / 820321400 / 820321600 / 820321601 / 820321700 / 869611001

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.