Nike introduced the Dunk in 1985 as a college baskeball shoe. Just a few years later, skaters embraced the silhouette because of its durability and protection, leading to the launch of Nike SB and the SB Dunk. Today the Dunk is a cultural icon reinvented through new releases and collaborations.
From the school-spirited College Colors Program to the vibrant Nike CO.JP collection, Nike Dunks have seen many colorways since the design’s inception in 1985. But with each new colorway, the Dunk’s classic color-blocking has remained in some capacity. Nike put its timeless color-blocking to work with the Nike Dunk Low Retro White Black.
The upper Nike Dunk Low Retro White Black is constructed of white leather with black leather overlays and Swooshes. Classic Nike branding is featured on the nylon tongue, nodding to traditional Dunk design elements. A white midsole and black outsole completes the design.
The minimalist Light Smoke Grey colourway can now be found on the Nike Dunk Low silhouette. Introducing the Nike Dunk Low Light Smoke Grey.
This Dunk Low features a “colourless” white leather base accented by Light Smoke Grey overlays and matching sockliners. The mid-panel profile Swooshes on both sides of the shoe are in contrasting pitch black as are the leather heel tabs with Light Smoke Grey embroidered Nike text branding. Additional details include dark grey laces and white tongue tabs with dark grey Nike logos. Rounding out the style of the shoe are a white midsole and a Light Smoke Grey rubber outsole.
While the white/black color-blocking is a clear copy of the recent “Panda” craze, the textured leather appears to grasp at a luxury leather touch. Golden NIKE branding on the tongue labels and heel remind us of the gilded accents on Supreme’s Nike SB Dunk High collaboration of 2003, while the prized belt at the lace dubrae could be a nod to the skate/street label’s “World Champions” mantra. The insole, however, is colored in purple, with the branding delivering a tiger-camo like pattern.
The Nike Dunk Low USC draws its inspiration from the American university world. It features awhite leather base accompanied byred leather overlays, the two representative colors of USC, theUniversity of South Carolina at Columbia. To punctuate the whole, we find a discreet touch of yellow on the brandings of the tongue and the heel, color also present on the equipment of the various teams at USC.
This Nike Dunk Low comes in the usual style with a white leather base contrasted by light grey patent leather overlays. The Swooshes also make use of the glossy material and bring another shade into play with a deep black, which can also be found on the outsoles. The brandings on the heels and tongues also provide contrast in an eye-catching red.
Now, we’re bringing you a first look at a new colorway of the Dunk Low “Lottery” in a green leather overlay at the toe, heel, and lace collar. The outsole and heel-tab are also painted in a matching green, while the slot-machine themed Nike logo graces the tongue label and insoles. The underlay is a light grey-ish tone, while the midsole is covered in Sail.
After a successful release of the Nike Dunk Low “UNC” in 2021, Nike is pressing on with more Chapel Hill-inspired colorways.
This time, the Nike Dunk Low will debut as a women’s exclusive. Arriving in a UNC-colored base, the offering features white overlays and toe boxes mimicking 23’s alma mater. The pair features an all-leather base, paired with a University Blue hue on the nylon tongue. Other details include blue sock liners, followed by Tarheel Blue on the rubber outsole.
Crafted from soft leather with a rubber outsole, “University Gold” tones are sprayed across the lateral mid-panel, around the toe cap, and over the laces. The low profile silhouette also features a white panel above the grippy “Blue Jay” colored sole beneath it. Nike’s customary Swoosh comes in “Blue Jay” along the side of the shoe, while additional Nike branding can be spotted on the heel tab in “University Gold.”
The Nike Dunk Low Coconut Milk features an off-white tumbled leather upper with pale yellow overlays and white Swooshes. Woven tongue labels and heel embroideries nod to the original 1985 design. From there, a matching Air sole at the base completes the design.
Echoing the two-toned look signature to the silhouette, this upcoming release is helmed by a vibrant “Peach Cream,” which is applied to the construction’s overlays, laces, and outsole.
The branding along the tongue follows suit as does the insole and lining; the base and midsole, on the other hand, are more neutral in finish, better complementing the “NIKE” text threaded atop the heel tab.
the high-top silhouette has returned to indulge in “Aluminum” flair, which sits atop a “White” smooth leather base. Profile swooshes opt for stark “Black” contrast, while the midsoles indulge in an “aged” aesthetic that places the kid’s shoe alongside other vintage-inspired offerings from the Swoosh.
Following the highly desired “Vast Grey”iteration, the Swoosh dresses the Dunk Low in a stylish “Dark Driftwood” palette. Reverting back to the sneaker’s traditional leather upper, the shoe consists of dark driftwood overlays complemented by sesame and sail on the base and nylon tongue. The brown hues get an added punch through hits of black found on the branding, Swoosh and outsole.
Through all the Panda restocks, colorway variations, and ridicule, the classic theme is thriving; one would even propose that the shoe, in all of its simplicity, would be a front-runner for sneaker of the year. Now, the Swoosh also has a new variation in store, with the brand adding in select pops of red, whilst subtly switching materials, too.
Here, the pair looks to tumbled white leather uppers instead of the staple smooth finish, though it’s overlays retain the classic construct. It’s here where the pair begins to deviate from the two-tone “Panda” scheme, with striking red flashes provided by Swoosh and heel overlays, as well as branding at the tongue. Lastly, laces, liners, and tongue of white join two-tone sole units underfoot to complete the design.