Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $65
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many skaters loved the amazing board feel of the Nike SB Dunk Low. Some even said this sneaker has better contact with the board than other vulc constructed shoes.
  • A lot of skaters described that it does not take much force to flick the board with an SB Dunk Low especially on the first month skating with it.
  • There’s great comfort throughout the shoe from its thickly stuffed tongue, padded collar, and cushioned insole, as mentioned by reviewers.
  • The SB Dunk Low has a durable cover with several layers comprising its upper which, according to a skater added another week or so of life out of the sneaker.
  • Several skaters were in unison in describing that the durability of the skate shoe depends on the frequency of use and the degree of tricks one does with the skateboard, and this sneaker holds up very well with its overall construction.
  • The outsole is very sturdy that it does not get holes quite easily.
  • The Zoom Air insole takes impact very well as it provides the needed cushioning and protects the heel against bruises.
  • As described by a skater, the toebox of the SB Dunk Low, which is a mix of an arrow-shaped and round form, works best in doing ollies and flip tricks.
  • The perforation in the forefoot makes the shoe breathable.
  • Very stylish set of skate shoes.
  • Very affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • In spite of the deep grooves in its sole, the Nike SB Dunk Low isn’t too grippy.
  • Outsole started to wear in two months with lesser grip left for flip tricks.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Dunk Low, released in varied colorways, was adored by many skaters for the good amount of contact this sneaker has with the skateboard, which is one of the important factors in a skate shoe. The upper of this cupsoled sneaker is constructed with a series of layers that protect the toebox from deteriorating easily. While the rubber outsole of this iconic skate shoe is durable enough to withstand the harshness from the unforgiving grip tape found on the surface of the board. The entire shoe, loaded with cushioning, wears at a considerable amount of time.

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Nike SB Dunk Low History

The Nike SB Dunk Low was originally a long-time resident on the court from its release in 1985 as a high-top ball shoe called the Nike Dunk. Nike teamed up with some of the leading schools in the US such as the University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, St. John’s, Syracuse, and Georgetown universities to have the original high-top Dunk as the official shoe brand of their basketball teams.

The Dunk High, dressed in different color schemes, however, did not turn into a star player on the court on its initial drop until a series of retro releases started to come out in 1998 that it gradually bounced from the hardcourt to the pavements with its street moniker “Dunks”.

The low profile of the Nike Dunk thrived in the skaters’ world at the flip of the century as sneakers became a big part of the skate culture. Specifically, in March 2002, Nike re-introduced itself in the skateboarding arena with the unveiling of its sub-brand SB, short for Skateboarding, along with a series of drops of its skate-specific shoes named the Nike SB Dunk Low.

Nike collaborated with a group of pro riders who in turn helped the brand design the initial silhouettes of the SB Dunk Low series. The expert skaters were Richard “Richie” Mulder, Danny “Supa” Supasirirat, Reese Forbes, and Gino Ianucci whose products made an immediate connection with the regular street skaters.

Using the SB Dunk Low as a blank canvas, Richie came up with a White/ Orion blue-White combo reminiscent of the first pair of Nike he owned and skated back in 1994. That was a tennis shoe in a classic white leather and Orion blue stripe. His design inspiration led to the production of the SB Dunk Low Mulder colorway.

Supa had a more vibrant take on the Dunks with his striking Orange and Hyperblue-White  colorway as a representation of his East Coast origin and in tribute to the iconic Knicks team in his hometown state of  New York. The Supa combo was even brighter than the familiar orange shoe boxes used to package the front line SB Dunk shoe squad of 2002.

The third release from the SB Dunk Low Colors By series was created by Reese which resembles a work boot made of suede. Instead of using cowhide, Reese opted for the softer, more supple pig suede which is breathable at the same time. Thus, Reese’s original colorway was a blend of Wheat/Twig/Dune, a perfect accompaniment with jeans for its camo hues and construction boot appeal.  

Gino’s masterpiece completed the original Nike SB Dunk Low menu. His colorway sums up his personality, one who’s always been drawn to dark monochromatic hues. With great respect over the original Nike Dunk, Reese tweaked and updated the upper and bottom of the shoe with Obsidian/Light Graphite/Obsidian combo. He added perforations to improve the breathability of the skate shoe.

The demand over the Nike SB Dunk Low was phenomenal as it was widely accepted not only among skaters, but sneaker enthusiasts and collectors globally as well. The original four colorways of the SB Dunk Low remain among the most favorite classic profiles in the Nike archive with a multitude of variations continue to come out until today.

Nike SB Dunk Low Style

The original set of the Nike SB Dunk Low that came out with an ultra-padded tongue and collar fits perfectly with skateboards. These classic skate shoes that were released in different colorways can go well with casual wear such as shorts, pants, and joggers.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Dunk Low has a thick padded tongue and cushioned collar which makes the fit of this shoe a bit tight, especially for those with wide feet. The majority of the reviewers recommended that those with wide feet need to go half size up of their usual size as this shoe is generally narrow. While the women must go 1.5 down their usual size.

Notable Features

The Nike SB Dunk Low has more cushioning features versus the original high-top silhouette released earlier as a basketball shoe. This skate shoe had a distinct padded filled tongue, cushioned collar, and an insole that incorporated the Nike Zoom Air technology or a full-length cushioning platform just underneath the foot.

Additional Info

  • Nike Zoom Air technology was made to provide responsive cushioning for different athletic shoes such as the hoops shoe Nike Air Go LWP, football cleat Nike Air Marauder, and running shoe Nike Air Zoom LWP.  
  • Zooming in the interior of this cushioning pad, one will find tensile fibers locked in a pressurized chamber that compresses as it receives impact and bounces back to its original state. This was made to provide powerful responsiveness into the next stride.
  • The outsole has pivot circle that helps users to change foot directions relatively without difficulty.
  • The original squad, namely Nike SB Dunk Low Reese, Mulder, Supa, and Gino returned with retro releases starting April 2017.