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Any definitive ranking of sneakers — let alone one of the most Zeitgeisty silhouettes ever — will be controversial. Nevertheless, we’ve taken on the daunting task of ranking the 50 most influential Nike Dunks of all time.

The Nike Dunk has been around for quite some time and is enjoying a bona fide revival right now, thanks to a combination of Nike’s concerted effort to push its SB subdivision, streetwear icons such as Travis Scott and Virgil Abloh adopting the silhouette, and – of course – the cyclical nature of fashion. The Nike Dunk debuted in 1985 and was originally a basketball shoe geared toward college athletes, but that began to change in the late ’90s and early ’00s when Nike SB adopted the silhouette and made it its own.

Releases such as Jeff Staple’s “Pigeon” Dunk Low kickstarted sneaker culture as we know it today, so it’s only right that  the Nike SB Dunk is back to its full glory over a decade later.

These are the 50 most influential Nike Dunks in history

50. Nike SB Dunk Low “Cali”

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Release Date: July 2004
Significance: Californian surfers were the ones that brought us skating, so it’s only right the Golden State’s flag was commemorated with a Dunk.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

49. Nike SB Dunk Low “Bison”

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Release Date: March 2003
Significance: The “Bison” was one of the first Dunks to arrive in the new silver and black box of that era. It featured an all-suede upper and rare brown/gum split sole.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

48. Soulland x Nike SB Dunk High Fri.Day Pt 2

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Release Date: December 2017
Significance: The second part of Soulland’s ongoing collaboration with Nike SB, this more contemporary pair featured a mini Swoosh over the regular Swoosh, as well as premium materials.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

47. Nike SB Dunk High “Paul Brown”

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Release Date: June 2002
Significance: This “Paul Brown” Dunk was Nike SB’s first-ever High and became a hit thanks to its muted earth tones.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

46. Nike SB Dunk High “Sea Crystal”

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Release Date: 2004
Significance: This Dunk High was inspired by the godfather of Nike SB, Sandy Bodecker, and the washed-out sea glass he used to collect as a child on the beaches of Connecticut.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

45. Nike SB Dunk Low “Shanghai” 1 & 2

Release Date: November 2004 (1) and September 2005 (2)
Significance: The first “Shanghai” Dunk Low was mostly an Asian-exclusive and was inspired by the temples of Shanghai. The second colorway was inspired by a traditional bamboo steamer.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

44. Nike SB Dunk High “Cheech & Chong”

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Release Date: April 2011
Significance: This shoe, 2011’s 4/20 release, took direct inspiration from Cheech and Chong, America’s first iconic stoners.
Where to buy: GOATStockX 

43. StrangeLove Skateboards x Nike SB Dunk Low

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Release Date: February 2020
Significance: Another contemporary release, this time by way of Sean Cliver and his StrangeLove skateboarding company. This particular pair celebrated Valentine’s Day with a lot of plush pink panelling.
Where to buy: StockX, Stadium Goods, GOAT

42. Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low

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Release Date: February 2020
Significance: Travis Scott is a huge fan of Nike SBs and — as Nike’s most marketable asset — finally got a chance to give the Dunk Low his own spin in 2020.
Where to buy: StockX, Stadium Goods, GOAT

41. COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Dunk High

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Release Date: February 2017
Significance: It’s not often a high-end brand like COMME des GARÇONS collaborates on a Dunk, let alone swaps out the upper for a clear material, which is why this Dunk High is so significant.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

40. Nike SB Dunk Low “Colors By Mulder”

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Release Date: March 2002
Significance: Richard Mulder’s “Colors By” Dunk Low was a nod to his Los Angelino roots and took on a simple white and blue colorway.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

39. Nike SB Dunk High “Heaven’s Gate”

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Release Date: N/A
Significance: This pair’s color scheme was inspired by the Heaven’s Gate cult and the black and purple cloths found at the site of their mass suicide. This was found to be in bad taste by the higher-ups at Nike, and the release was scrapped, making any remaining pairs very rare.
Where to buy: GOAT

38. Nike SB Dunk Low “Raygun”

Release Date: February 2005
Significance: This was the first shoe to feature the Nike SB logo on the tongue. The yin and yang colorways were created as a nod to the fictional ABA basketball team named the Roswell Rayguns, which was the protagonist of a Nike marketing campaign.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

37. Nike SB Dunk Low “Medicom 1”

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Release Date: July 2004
Significance: This collaboration between Medicom and Nike SB was only offered to registered Medicom members and was the first Dunk SB to feature a double-layered Swoosh.
Where to buy: GOATStockX

36. Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead”

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Release Date: November 2006
Significance: This Dunk Low was the second to draw from Mexican culture as inspiration and was designed by Christian Salinas Medina.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

35. Nike SB Dunk “Three Bears Pack”

Release Date: November 2006
Significance: This pack featured a high, low, and mid that took inspiration from a fairytale most all of us know: Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

34. Stash x Nike Dunk

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Release Date: 2005
Significance: Josh Franklin, aka Stash, was one of the most prominent graffiti artists. In 2003, he exhibited his work at the now defunct Parisian concept store Colette. Titled “Tools of the Trade: Product Division,” he teamed up with Nike to launch 50 pairs of stunning Dunk Lows featuring paint drip on the lateral panels and his signature tag on the heel.

33. Nike SB Dunk Low “London”

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Release Date: January 2004
Significance: This pair was supposed to be released at London’s “White Dunk: Evolution of an Icon” event, though that was cancelled and the pairs were later sold through Foot Patrol. An outline of the river Thames is embroidered on the heel.
Where to buy: StockX

32. SBTG x Nike SB Dunk Low

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Release Date: August 2006
Significance: This pair was designed by Singapore-based artist Mark “Sabotage” Ong, who rose to fame in the sneaker customization world.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

31. Nike Dunk Pro B Low “Alphanumeric Lightning” & “Alphanumeric 3M”

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Release Date: January 2001
Significance: Both pairs were designed by Alyasha Owerka-Moore and only given to friends and family, as well as team members of Nike SB.

30. Nike SB Dunk High “MF DOOM”

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Release Date: July 2007
Significance: Acclaimed underground rapper MF DOOM was tapped to design a high-top Dunk, which has since become one of the most coveted Highs of all time.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

29. Nike SB Dunk Low “Michael Lau”

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Release Date: September 2006
Significance: Artist Michael Lau’s Nike collaborations are usually closer to a work of art than something you’d put on your feet, and this woodgrain Dunk Low based off of his comic strip “Gardener” is no different.
Where to buy: StockXGOAT

28. HUF x Nike SB Dunk High “Tie Dye”

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Release Date: November 2004
Significance: HUF’s collaborative Dunk High channeled San Francisco’s free spirit with the tie-dye print, done up in the SF Giants’ orange and black color scheme.
Where to buy: GOAT

27. Nike SB Dunk “De La Soul”

Release Date: October 2005 (Low)
Significance: Both the Highs and Lows took inspiration from De La Soul’s debut album’s trippy, neo-psychedelic artwork.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

26. CONCEPTS x Nike SB Dunk Low “Lobster”

Release Date: Various
Significance: Concepts’ ongoing partnership with Nike has spawned a number of lobster-inspired colorways — some more rare than others but all of equal significance when considering the hype and popularity of Nike Dunks.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

25. Supreme x Nike SB Dunk High

Release Date: August 2003
Significance: Arriving in three colorways, this Dunk High was originally intended to have a Nike logo repeat pattern, though that was ditched in favor of stars when the sneaker was eventually released.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

24. Nike SB Dunk Low “Tokyo”

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Release Date: January 2004
Significance: This dunk, like the London version, was part of the “White Dunk City Series” and strictly limited to 202 pairs raffled off via lottery. This pair featured no heel or tongue logos, making it a truly blank canvas.
Where to buy: Stadium Goods, GOAT, StockX

23. Nike SB Dunk Low “Medicom 2”

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Release Date: December 2004
Significance: This pair, like its predecessor, was offered only through Medicom’s website and opted for an all-denim upper, calling back to Reese Forbes’ denim Dunk.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

22. Nike Dunk “Haze” High & Low

Release Date: 2003
Significance: NYC-born graffiti artist Eric Haze added his signature style to a Dunk High and a Dunk Low, both of which were one of the earliest instances of an artist collaborating on a pair of sneakers.
Where to buy: Stadium Goods, GOAT, StockX

21. Nike SB Dunk Low “Jedi”

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Release Date: May 2004
Significance: Officially dubbed “Baroque Brown,” this Dunk Low is said to be inspired by Master Yoda’s garb, as well as Jedi lightsabers.
Where to buy: GOAT, Stadium Goods, StockX

20. Stüssy x Nike SB Dunk Low “Cherry”

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Release Date: July 2005
Significance: Stüssy Team Manager Robbie Jeffers designed this Dunk Low to look like Neapolitan ice-cream. The tongue even featured a literal cherry on top.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

19. Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Futura”

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Release Date: March 2003
Significance: Leonard Hilton McGurr a.k.a. Futura took inspiration from the NYC subway steel canvas for one of his earliest Nike SB collaborations.
Where to buy: Stadium Goods, StockX, GOAT

18. Nike SB “Hemp Pack”

Release Date: April 2004
Significance: This was the first 4/20-inspired pack and introduced a brand new material to the Nike SB line: hemp.
Where to buy: GOAT, Stadium Goods, StockX

17. Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Chocolate & Zoo York”

Release Date: June 2002
Significance: East Coast meets West Coast in this two-sneaker pack designed by New York’s Zoo York and LA-based Chocolate Skateboards. The cross on the heel of the Chocolate pair was a nod to team rider Keenan Milton, who tragically passed away in 2001.
Where to buy (Chocolate): Stadium Goods, GOAT, StockX
Where to buy (Zoo York): Stadium Goods, GOAT, StockX

16. Nike Dunk Pro B “Viotech”

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Release Date: 2001
Significance: Originally released in 2002, the Viotech featured a vibrant clash of colors making it instantly recognizable. Coupled with a premium suede finish, the Viotech Dunk Pro B has become a defining icon that has been reissued multiple times.
Where to buy: GOAT, Stadium Goods, StockX

15. Nike SB Dunk High “Skunk”

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Release Date: April 2010
Significance: The “Skunk” Dunk is probably the most iconic 4/20-themed Nike Dunk thanks to its obvious weed inspiration and hairy green suede. A reverse Skunk was dropped in April 2020.
Where to buy: StockXGOAT, Stadium Goods

14. Nike SB Dunk High “UNKLE”

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Release Date: September 2004
Significance: This is another pair designed by longtime Nike SB collaborator Futura, this time in partnership with musical ensemble U.N.K.L.E. The High ended up releasing to the public, while there is also an unreleased low version.
Where to buy: GOAT, Stadium Goods, StockX

13. Nike SB Dunk Low “Colors By SUPA”

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Release Date: March 2002
Significance: The second-ever Nike SB Dunk is a homage to New York City and was designed by Danny Supasirirat. The white, orange, and blue colorway is an obvious nod to two of New York’s sports teams.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

12. Nike SB Dunk Low “Heineken”

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Release Date: June 2003
Significance: One of the most iconic Nike Dunks, this pair takes obvious inspiration from one of the most popular beers in the world. Due to legal issues, this pair was never actually released and is officially called “Classic Green.”
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

11. Nike SB Dunk Low “What the Dunk”

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Release Date: October 2007
Significance: Some of the most iconic colorways were included in this mash-up pair, making this a real looker in addition to a collector’s item.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

10. Nike Dunk Pro B “Smurf & Putty”

Release Date: 1999
Significance: Before Nike SB was officially established in 2002, the Dunk silhouette was turned into a skateboarding shoe as part of the Pro B line. The “Smurf” and “Putty” were Nike skateboarding before Nike SB.
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9. Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Reese Forbes Denim”

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Release Date: December 2002
Significance: For Reese Forbes’ second Dunk collab, he tapped artist and fellow skater Natas Kaupas to create this frayed denim pair that has risen to iconic status.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

8. Nike Dunk High “Wu-Tang”

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Release Date: 1999
Significance: Back in the late ’90s, Nike re-released its original “Be True” Dunk collection, with a special reworked goldenrod colorway for the University of Iowa, which was turned into the famed “Wu-Tang” Dunks. Only 36 pairs are believed to have been produced.
Where to buy: GOAT

7. Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger”

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Release Date: N/A
Significance: This blood-splattered, Freddy Krueger-inspired pair was created to celebrate A Nightmare on Elm Street’s villain, but product had to be halted due to legal issues. Only a few pairs made it out to the public, making this a real rarity.
Where to buy: StockXGOAT

6. Diamond Supply Co. x Nike SB Low “Tiffany”

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Release Date: August 2005
Significance: This is one of the first Dunks to go viral and generate a visceral level of hype unseen before. The colors are taken from Tiffany & Co. and the sneaker was designed by Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

5. Futura x Nike SB Dunk High “FLOM”

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Release Date: March 2004
Significance: Designed by Futura, this “For Love Or Money” Dunk High features a pattern created from different denominations of printed money and was produced in a friends and family run of only 24.
Where to buy: StockX

4. Staple x Nike SB Dunk Low “Pigeon”

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Release Date: March 2005
Significance: This was the final edition of the “City Series” and is the Dunk that probably kickstarted sneaker culture as we know it today. Good enough for spot four, which may prove to be controversial.
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

3. Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low “White Cement & Black Cement”

Release Date: September 2002
Significance: Limited to 500 pairs each and featuring the Air Jordan 3’s iconic elephant print, we don’t really need to say much more about Supreme’s first-ever SB Dunks.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

2. Nike SB Dunk Low “Paris”

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Release Date: August 2003
Significance: This pair was also part of the “White Dunk” city series and was designed in collaboration with French painter Bernard Buffet. The release at the exhibition was cancelled and pairs were sold through select Nike SB accounts in highly-limited numbers.
Where to buy: StockX, GOAT

1. Nike Dunk BTTYS Pack (1985 OG)

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Release Date: 1985
Significance: Many would have put Jeff Staple’s “Pigeon” Dunks top of the ranking but can you really ignore the OG 1985 BTTYS pack that kickstarted the whole Dunk mania?
Where to buy: GOAT, StockX

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