Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The design of the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair got the most positive comments from reviewers.
  • A lot of testers found the shoe comfortable to use. A user added that this is the best skate shoe he’s ever used.
  • Many skaters welcomed the shoe’s durability. 
  • Several people loved the color scheme of the shoe.
  • A good number of consumers mentioned that they liked the shoe’s padding which gives substantial impact protection. 
  • A few said the SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair is a solid shoe with a great price.
  • One buyer noted that the shoe has decent arch support.
  • An individual reported that the shoe allows him to get a good board feel.
  • A purchaser commented that the shoe would be perfect for the summer or during hot weather.
  • The shoe’s updated Zoom insole has more grooves underneath which one skateboarder feels adds more flexibility to the shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe had to be broken in, based on many reviews. The shoe felt a bit tight and rigid when first worn.
  • The breaking in period depends on how you skate, noted a user. It can be fast or may take days.
  • Several buyers were disappointed that the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro lacks the puffy tongue and collar which characterizes most SB Dunk shoes.
  • The sole isn’t very grippy according to one tester.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair is a solid skate shoe that will see wearers through all kinds of body turns and flips. It has all the functions and performance you would expect of a pro skater shoe as well as the stylishness of a lifestyle shoe.

The SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair does need a bit of breaking in, but once that’s done, it can be one of the most comfortable shoes once can ever wear.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May

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This low top shoe is available in men’s sizes which range from 7.5 to 14. Half sizes are offered up to 12.5. The large overlays, including the very prominent Swoosh logo, provide excellent hold and support.

Skaters need baggy clothes to allow for plenty of movement. The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair would look great when paired with cargo pants topped off with a hoodie. For non-skaters and those who don’t like the baggy look, jeans and tees would work just as well.

The SB Dunk Low Pro utilizes Nike’s Air Zoom technology in the airpad insole, giving the wearer a snappy responsiveness and quick off-the-ground feel as well as impact protection.

The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair comes from the legendary Dunk line which was released in the year 1985. The Dunk was initially intended for the basketball court but became popular with skaters as well. In 2002, Nike re-engineered the Dunk specifically for the skateboarding market and launched the SB line.

Nike’s first SB launch included four SB Dunk Lows: the Mulder Dunk SB, Gino Dunk SB, Forbes Dunk SB, and Supa Dunk SB—all named for the pro skaters who helped with the design of the shoe. The Supreme Dunk Low followed in the Fall of that same year, releasing in two colorways. The SB shoes featured Zoom Air cushioning and thickened tongues for extra padding and impact protection.

Throughout the years, Nike would release various colorways and iterations for the SB Dunk line, occasionally collaborating with pro skaters to create a new model. On December 31 of 2015 (January 1,  2016, in some stores), Thrasher Skater of the Year 2013 Ishod Wair’s first signature shoe debuted.

The Ishod Wair model was designed with hardcore skaters in mind. The upper is constructed using high-quality suede, and reinforced double-stitching in the ollie area gives the shoe long-lasting wearability.

Nike would follow this model up with another homage to Ishod in January 2017. This new pair in a Dark Grey/University Red colorway featured a speedometer graphic on the right insole while a New Jersey outline and license plate are on the left.

  • The shoe uses flat laces.
  • Nike Zoom technology in the heel enhances cushioning and absorbs shock.
  • There are perforations in the upper for breathability.
  • A PU midsole stretches the entire length of the shoe for lightweight cushioning.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com