Although first released in 1985 as a basketball sneaker, the Nike Dunk marked the moment that Nike was taken seriously by the skate world. Introduced in 2002, the SB Dunk was not only one of the first successful Nike forays into skating but has remained their most popular for almost two decades. In recent years, though, the Nike Dunk has become one of the more collectible silhouettes of the Nike franchise, with high-profile collaborations fetching upwards of $1,500.
With yet another eagerly awaited Nike Dunk collaboration courtesy of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ upcoming, and with a year of wildly popular, leftfield collabs under its belt — The Grateful Dead and Ben & Jerry’s sitting front and center — the Dunk can start to seem unattainably pricey. We’re here to prove that wrong. If you missed out on retail and don’t fancy dropping $1500 on a pair of Dunks, keep scrolling to see our favorite Nike Dunks for under $300.
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Nike Dunk Low Green Glow
We love new colorways that feel familiar. The Dunk Low Green Glow released in Spring 2021 but feels like an old-timer with its classic Dunk color-blocking. Green Glow overlays complement the white backdrop for a sneaker made for the sunshine.
Nike Dunk Low Retro Hyper Cobalt
Sometimes you can't beat a classic colorway, though. If you've got a head for the classics, then this Hyper Cobalt iteration of the Dunk Low should be right up your street. The Cobalt overlays jump from the black base leather. It's a timeless colorway that we know we'll see again, and we know we'll always love it.
Nike Dunk Low Photon Dust
We're always here for a quasi-tonal take. The Nike Dunk Low Photon Dust dropped in 2021 but mirrors the two-tone palette of an OG 1985 Dunk from the "Be True To Your School" series. While it may not be associated with a school anymore, this grey & white pair makes for easy styling all year round.
Nike x Off-White™ Dunk University Gold
With a whole host (50!) more Off-White™ Dunks on the horizon, we took a refreshed look at the earlier collaboration styles. This one flew under our radar a bit when it dropped, but with some time away, we've got a newfound respect for it. Sure, it's not your average dunk, it's a hectic modern update, but did we ever expect anything else from Virgil Abloh?
Nike Dunk Low Retro Champ Colors
Orange and navy isn't a colorway that you see often in the Nike universe, and this pair of Champ Colors Dunks has got us questioning why. Released in June 2020, this pair is dedicated to the 2019 Men’s NCAA Basketball Champion Virginia Cavaliers. Call us sentimental, but a Dunk with a story always means more.
Nike Dunk High Spartan Green
Beginning life as a college basketball sneaker, it's no surprise that the Dunk High often looks its best when outfitted in a pared-back varsity-syle color palette. Released in September 2020, Spartan Green contrasts with immaculate white to give this style a punchy, retro upper.
Nike Dunk High Game Royal
The Dunk has a selection of the best general-release colorways in Nike history. Sure, we can argue until the cows come home, but with iterations like this Game Royal colorway, there's only one true winner.
Nike Dunk High fragment design Beijing
Whenever Nike and fragment design come together, there are always fireworks. The most recent brainchild of the two labels is this Beijing Dunk High. Deep purple leather forms the basis of the style which is rounded out with black overlays, small print to the sole unit, and a standout fragment design logo in white to the heel. 2021 has been a really good year for the Dunk.
Nike Dunk High SP Pure Platinum
Loved the Dunk Low Photon Dust that we focused on earlier? The Pure Platinum follows the same, understated path but finds its own space with a High collar. This time, it really is a tonal white finish and it proves the power of less. Try finding anything that this colorway doesn't look good with.
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