The Nike Dunk Low Sneaker
Before its initial release in 1985, the Nike Dunk was originally named the College Color High because of the number of NCAA colorways it was scheduled to launch in. The name got changed to the Nike Dunk to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the NBA's first slam dunk. The Nike Dunk's design features are similar to the original Air Jordan, Nike Terminator and Nike Legend. Retros of the Nike Dunk first started releasing in the late 1990s into the early 2000s. The silhouette gained a following in the skateboarding community, and Nike turned the Dunk into a skateboarding sneaker in 2002, referred to as the Nike Dunk SB. The Nike Dunk silhouette has also seen collaborations with boutiques, fashion designers and athletes since its release.
Nike SB Dunk Low Special Collaborations
In 2020, rapper Travis Scott collaborated with Nike on the Nike Dunk SB Low Travis Scott (CT5053-001). This version features a paisley print on the upper, which wears off to reveal an elephant print. Its original retail price was $150, but resale values can top depending on size and condition.
Another rare colorway of the Nike Dunk SB Low is the Sean Cliver/Todd Bratrud "Strangelove Skateboards" collaboration. This Pink/Red/White colorway (CT2552-800) features a velvet upper and suede overlays. It initially retailed for $100, and resale values range from $1,200 to $2,000, depending on size and condition.
Nike Dunk vs. Nike Dunk SB
The Nike Dunk SB is specifically designed for skateboarders, while the original Nike Dunk was initially built for basketball and is now primarily worn for fashion. The Nike SB Dunk Low features a padded tongue, double stitching and an extra layer of cushioning for support in the inside liner. Modified concentric circles on the Nike Dunk SB's outsole are made of grippy hard rubber for excellent traction on skateboards. The SB Dunk Low features Nike Zoom Air cushioning, while the original Nike Dunk doesn't. Both sport Swoosh branding and overlays around the upper. Skate shops or boutiques with Tier 0 Nike accounts usually sell Nike SB models.
Collectible Colorways of the Nike Dunk Low
Colorways that speak to Nike's original "Be True to Your School" campaign from the 1980s are popular among collectors. Sought-after colorways include:
- White/University Red (CU1727-100): Most recently re-released in 2020, the retail price for this colorway is $100, and it has a resale value ranging from depending on size and condition.
- SP Kentucky (CU1726-100): This colorway was most recently released in 2020 and has a resale value ranging from $315 to $600 depending on size and condition.
- SP Syracuse (CU1726-101): Representing Syracuse, this version was also released in 2020 and typically sells from $500 to $700, but can sometimes hit .
Nike Dunk Low "White/University Red" (CU1727-100)
Nike Dunk Low "SP Kentucky" (CU1726-100)
Nike Dunk Low "SP Syracuse" (CU1726-101)
Nike Dunk Low "University Red/Wolf Grey" (CT0856-600)
Nike Dunk Low "Black" (DH3228-102)
Nike Dunk Low "Community Garden" (CZ9747-900)
Off-White designer Virgil Abloh collaborated with Nike on a collection of Nike Dunks in 2019. These collabs got released in three colorways: White/Pine Green (CT0856-100), University Gold/Midnight Navy (CT0856-700) and University Red/Wolf Grey (CT0856-600). Resale values for the Off-White x Nike Dunk collabs range from $400 to $ depending on size, condition and colorway, with White/Pine Green being the most valuable.
A whimsical collab with Ben & Jerry's, known for their cleverly named ice cream flavors, replicates Chunky Monkey's cow print-blue sky-green pasture packaging. The "Chunky Dunky" (CU3244-100) was released to much fanfare in 2020 and can typically scoop up a whopping $1,500 or more on eBay.
Inspired by the 2003 Supremes x Dunk High collaboration, in 2021, Nike released the Supreme x Dunk Low collab in four colorways — "Mean Green" (DH3228-101), "Black" (DH3228-102), "Hyper Royal" (DH3228-100) and "Barkroot Brown" (DH3228-103). The quartet originally retailed at $110, and all colorways can now fetch in the four digits. "Mean Green" is the most sought-after, often listing for over $2,000.
Another collectible colorway of the Nike Dunk Low is "Community Garden" (CZ9747-900) in dyed and printed canvas. Each pair has a unique pattern on the upper and a Nike Grind rubber outsole. Resale value for the "Community Garden" typically ranges from $345 to $ depending on size and condition.