Verdict from 13 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • This sneaker received a lot of compliments for the locked-in fit the Flyknit collar provided. Some added that it prevented heel slippage and gave a glove-like fit even with the laces tied loosely.
  • Out of the limited reviews gathered, most confirmed that the high-top Nike SB Dunk High Elite gave a comfortable in-shoe feel.
  • The skaters who have tried this model thought the shoe offered excellent board feel and responsiveness. The flick supplied by the synthetic leather was also great.
  • Its soles were grippy and flexible out of the box, one buyer revealed.
  • The mesh-like fabric on the toe area and quarter panels did its job in improving the shoe’s breathability, another wearer disclosed.
  • When used for walking, the Zoom cushioning on the heel of the SB Dunk High Elite offered reliable comfort underfoot, one skater advised.
  • The majority of reviewers considered this as a fantastic skate shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users thought this sneaker runs a bit smaller than their standard choice.
  • The Nike SB Dunk High Elite looked weird for some sneakerheads.
  • A few perceived the shoe as slightly expensive.
  • One user complained about a piece of the sole separating from the shoe after several uses.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Dunk has recently been given a modern look and engineered with present-day tech. Dubbed as the high-top SB Dunk High Elite, its aesthetics and performance are comparable to the Nike SB Koston 3. Like the SB Koston 3, it is hailed for its exceptional performance in the park.

Skaters are pleased with its superior board feel and responsiveness. Non-skaters also favor it for its comfortable feel and unique look. Although its hefty price tag even turned off a few, this underrated sneaker is still slowly gaining popularity.

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Good to know

Expect this shoe to offer a supportive fit with its leather, synthetic material, and suede construction. The Flyknit collar, which gives a snug fit around the ankle and midfoot area, also helps keep the foot in place without the need to tighten the shoelaces. The Flyknit side panels allow the foot to breathe.

Turn the city streets into your skate park with the high-top Nike SB Dunk High Elite. Showing off a silhouette that screams love me or hate me, its design is indeed an acquired taste. Those who have tried it paired it with tees and hoodies as well as tapered jeans and cuffed joggers and ended up looking stylish.

Aside from its unique cuff that supplies increased ankle and board connection, the Nike SB Dunk High Elite is also recognized for its translucent outsole with forefoot flex grooves which provide flexibility. The outsole also reveals the renowned heel Zoom Air unit that offers responsive cushioning and lightweight impact protection.

Back in the year 2002, the brand opted to turn their 80s b-ball classic the Nike Dunk into a skate-worthy footwear. Known as the Nike SB Dunk Low, the sneaker featured a low-cut profile, increased padding, Zoom air insoles as well as a modified traction pattern.

Fast forward to March 2017; the SB Dunk Low has been upgraded to meet the demands of present-day skaters. While it kept the original design intact, this modernized version, which is also a pro rider Sean Malto rendition, was equipped with a bigger midsole Zoom Air bag for better impact protection and a seamless one-piece upper for enhanced durability.

For the high-top version of this product, Nike saw it fit to combine the SB Dunk Low Elite’s innovative construction with the SB Koston 3’s design. The 2016 SB Koston 3 is a recent addition to American pro skateboarder Eric Koston's line which integrated the Flyknit collar of the Nike Magista, a soccer cleat-inspired silhouette launched in 2014.

Equipped with the same Flyknit cuff, the reasonably new Nike SB Dunk High Elite became a better skate sneaker option as it offered a secured lock-in fit for the heels and ankles. First put on the market on July 20, 2017, in limited quantities. team rider Kevin Terpening chose to dress this Quickstrike edition in a black, sail, and racer blue Air Jordan 1 colorway popularly known as “Royal.”

While its predecessor, the SB Dunk Low Elite, flaunted a shorter collar, this one had a high Flyknit cuff that doubles up as the sneaker’s full-length tongue. The Flyknit material was also utilized on the side panels to improve the shoe’s ventilation. Soon after, regular versions of this model were released to a larger population in “University Red,” “Sail/Binary Blue” and “Black/Dark Atomic Teal” hues.

  • Comfort underfoot is improved with the addition of the foam sockliner.
  • The heel and tongue pull tab is added for a quick and easy slip-on/off.
  • The Nike SB Dunk High Elite comes with extra laces that match the color of the upper.
  • Lace-up closure enhances its fit.
  • Apart from the “Swoosh” insignia on the sides, the “Nike SB” logo is also embossed on the undersole and the “DUNK Elite” callout is printed on the rear of the Flyknit collar for branding.


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