Verdict from 25 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many fans of Nike sneakers, including those with foot problems, are impressed with this sneaker’s comfortable in-shoe feel.
  • This versatile shoe can be matched with a wide array of outfits.
  • Satisfied buyers have revealed that this model is made of quality materials and is solidly-built.
  • Some wearers share that they receive compliments whenever they wear the Nike SB Dunk High Pro. 
  • It looks better in person than online, several purchasers have disclosed.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, this kind of Nike SB Dunk sneakers provides great traction and responsiveness as well as support.
  • A few testers have shared that the shoe skated great out of the box.
  • It is sold at a reasonable price.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few users have complained that this skate shoe fits a bit narrow.
  • The material of the upper is not very breathable, another buyer has mentioned.
  • A few purchasers have advised that it lacks cushioning and impact protection.
  • The SB Dunk High Pro is a bit heavy, less than a handful has informed.

Bottom line

Considered as a skate staple, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro has been turning heads for many years. Not only does it look good, its performance and versatility are also well-received by the skate community.

Sold at a budget-friendly price and has released in a wide array of colorways, skaters, not to mention die-hard Nike fans, continue to welcome every new release of this iconic sneaker with great enthusiasm.

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Good to know

Made with durable suede, double-stitched upper, expect this lifestyle/skater shoe to supply sufficient support and stability. It also offers added reinforcement, thus improving the shoe’s durability. Its narrow construction, however, only provides minimal toe room. The SB Dunk High Pro is available in men’s sizing.

Commonly has outfitted in bold, never-before-seen color schemes, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro has always been the go-to sneaker of fashionistas. Paired with baggy or skinny jeans and khakis, hoodies, and tees, this casual footwear is capable of elevating your outfit in a snap.

Unknown to some, this high-rise sneaker is actually meant to be worn in the skate park. Made with a generously padded collar, an injected Phylon midsole, and removable, cushioned Zoom Air insoles, this shoe also promises to provide comfort all day and ample protection against unavoidable impacts during lands.

Reminiscent of the Air Jordan 1’s classic look, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro’s upper is made of a mix of materials, commonly with suede, leather, or canvas. This model is also known for its re-engineered rubber outsole which is flexible and durable. Its basketball shoe-inspired pivot pattern offers reliable multi-directional traction as well as a dependable grip and great board feel.

Back in the year 1985, designer Peter Moore fused different models to create the Nike Dunk. This hoop shoe was crafted with an upper and outsole that resembled the iconic Air Jordan 1. It also borrowed a few design elements of the Nike Terminator.

Initially dubbed as the College Color High, this high-top sneaker was initially dressed in hues to match the colors of different college basketball teams. Marketed with the tagline “Be True to Your School," b-ball fans, back then, were pleased that there’s a shoe to match the colors of their school.

In the year 2002, Nike SB (aka Nike Skateboarding) was established. A silhouette made initially for basketball; the Nike Dunk was re-engineered with a low-cut profile, padded tongue, and collar, as well as Zoom Air insoles. Released as the SB Dunk Low, this model, unfortunately, received only mediocre sales.

Incessant on becoming a mainstay of the skater footwear production industry, the brand made skater shoes with a high-rise design, very similar to its predecessor’s silhouette. First to make its appearance was the Nike SB High Dunk Pro Paul Brown. Although it failed to stun skaters back then, it is notable that this shoe’s resale price now ranges from $500-$800.

2004 was the year when the SB Dunk finally made major noise as the brand decided to seek the help of professional skaters. With the help of Paul Rodriguez and Lewis Marnell’s expertise and stamp of approval, Nike’s footwear became more appealing and was later on perceived as skate worthy.

Since then, skaters, as well as sneakerheads, saw the SB Dunk High and Low as a skate staple, not to mention a wardrobe essential. Built to perform well in the park and look great on the streets, this shoe’s prominence in the market remains to date.

  • The mesh tongue and perforated toe cap enhance the shoe’s breathability.
  • Easy slip-on and off is achieved with the help of the heel pull tab.
  • The high-top profile of this shoe improves its ankle support.
  • Commonly, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro comes with a thin tongue, however, a few models feature a padded tongue.
  • Most come with an extra pair of laces that match the shoe’s colorway.
  • The heel lining pods help eliminate heel slippage.
  • The silhouette’s look will not be complete without the famous “Swoosh” found on both sides of the shoe.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.