2020: The Year of the Nike Dunk

I was first exposed to the Nike Dunk back around late 2005. Although I started off buying sneakers because of Air Jordans, at the time, Nike SB was arguably at its peak in popularity and I naturally grew to become a fan of the Nike Dunk because of this. I’ve always loved the creativity behind Dunk releases, in particular the SB line, and it felt like so much more went into every pair aside from just a colour swap. In a time when collaborations weren’t a weekly occurrence, for SB Dunks, it still felt like every release had a lot of weight, thought, and uniqueness behind it. Some of my favourites from that time (which I still have in my collection) are the Purple Pigeons, the Tokyo Taxi series, and the Pufnstufs!

Naturally, trends come and go, and I’ll be the first to admit, to a degree, I moved on from the Nike Dunk during the early to mid 2010s. I still picked up pairs here and there, but the energy just wasn’t like it was in the decade prior. Fast forward to a couple years ago, I don’t even know what kick started it, but I started buying up a lot of Dunks that I had either passed on, or sold in the years past. At this time, Yeezys, Adidas Boost, and collaborations like the Off-White x Nike series were all the rage, so the secondary market prices on a lot of these Dunks were very, very low, and sometimes, below retail. I have to give credit to my good timing, because a couple years later, the Dunk Hype would officially arrive and these prices would do a 180 degree turn and hit astronomical levels that the sneaker community had never seen before.

With that said, 2020 has been undoubtedly the comeback year of the Dunk. Though true aficionados will say that their love for the model never left, its rise in popularity permeated throughout the entire culture – with new fans learning to appreciate the model and its history, resellers snatching up every pair of every colourway they could, and some old fans, like myself, feeling the love we once had for the model but in an entirely new generation and era. Nike SB and Nike Sportswear capitalized on this and released a ton of amazing Dunk drops (albeit, usually in disgustingly limited quantities). We saw classics like some of the BTTYS colourways brought back, the return of the Ugly Duckling Co.JP trio, pairs paying homage to other Nike icons like the Air Max 90 Infrared and Chicago Air Jordan 1, and brand new super creative releases like the Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky, Strangeloves, and the Travis Scott collab!

Again, trends come and go, and in typical Nike fashion, if I had to bet I would expect them to strike while the hype is hot and flood the market in 2021 with a slew of releases, both in general release format and in limited Quickstrikes too. In fact, it seems like Foot Locker brands are set to carry Nike Dunks in 2021, so that seems like a good indication that they will be more plentiful compared to their limited nature in 2020. Either way, this has been a weird year for many reasons, but for someone who has been buying shoes for nearly 15 years, it has been great to see the energy come back to a silhouette that I’ve been following since the early days of my sneaker collecting. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store, and if this year was any indication, I’m sure it will be one hell of a ride.

-SG

Nike Dunk Low SP “Veneer” Review

I completed the trio of the “Ugly Duckling” Dunks by picking up the “Veneer” pair that dropped a couple weeks ago. These Dunks incorporate a full suede upper, in brown, purple and green, and have a nice premium feel to them. Check out my review for a closer look, and share your opinions of these down below!

Nike Dunk Low SP “Ceramic” Review

The last of the Nike “Ugly Duckling” pack, the “Ceramic” Dunk Low is set to drop tomorrow November 19th. These Dunks incorporate a full suede upper, in orange and green, and complete the trio of Dunks that originally released in Japan back in 2001. Check out my review for a closer look, and share your opinions of these down below!

Nike Dunk High SP “Pure Platinum” Review

One of the more lowkey Nike Dunk releases this year has been the “Pure Platinum” colourway which I’m covering in my latest review video. A white leather upper with pure platinum accents gives this pair a very clean and minimalistic look, which makes it perfect as an every day pair to rock. Check out my detailed review to learn more and share your thoughts on this one down below!

Slam Jam x Nike Dunk High SP “Pure Platinum” Review

The year of the Dunk continues with my latest pickup, the Slam Jam collab with Nike on the Dunk High SP “Pure Platinum”! This Slam Jam-exclusive released in the beginning of October, and includes elevated materials and a very clean and simplistic colour palette. Watch my detailed review to learn more and let me know how you feel about these down below!

Off-White x Nike Air Rubber Dunk “Green Strike” Review

The latest Nike and Off-White collab landed on October 1st, with the Air Rubber Dunk in a trio of colours. Released as regional exclusives, this “Green Strike” pair released in North America, and I managed to scoop up a pair for my latest review! Taking the classic Dunk for a spin, Virgil Abloh drastically changes its look with changes like a visible Air unit on the heel, and rubber overlays paying homage to skateboarding. Check out my review and let me know what you think of these down below!

Nike Dunk High SP “Michigan” Review

I’m back with back-to-back Dunk High review! This video covers the “Michigan” Dunk High that dropped worldwide, today, September 23rd! Inspired by the team colours of the University of Michigan Wolverines, this pair is constructed using full-grain leather in navy blue and yellow. Check out my review for a closer look and let me know if you’re feeling these down in the comments below!

Medicom Toy x Nike SB Dunk Low OG QS “BE@RBRICK” Review

My newest review covers the Medicom Toy collab with Nike SB, with another banger SB Dunk. These Dunk Lows are inspired by the iconic Bearbricks, and are covered in a faux black fur with white accents. Premium touches include a leather liner, and metallic lace tips too! Watch my review for a closer look, and share your opinions on this release down in the comment box below!

Grateful Dead x Nike SB Dunk Low Pro QS: “Green Bear” & “Yellow Bear” Review

Nike SB’s latest collab is with rock band, The Grateful Dead, with a set of three different furry pairs of SB Dunk Lows. Inspired by the colourful Dancing Bears, my latest review covers the skateshop-exclusive “Green Bear” colourway, as well as the more available “Yellow Bear” pair as well. Check out my review for a closer look and to see how they are on feet! Which of the three is your favourite?