What Makes a Nike Dunk a Dunk?
We’ve all heard about the AJ1, Air Force 1, Terminator, and Kevlar-reinforced aglets. But what makes a Nike Dunk a dunk? And how do you spot one? Read on to find out. There’s one shoe that’s sure to make you slam dunk! Designed for all-around performance and style, the Nike Dunk is a popular sneaker for streetwear.
The AJ1 Nike Dunk is a versatile sneaker. Nike designed the shoe in the early ’90s, and the colorways have since evolved to create a unique look. It’s hard to find a pair that’s not going to fit, and these shoes have many uses. There are many special editions of the Nike Dunk, but the most popular model is the AJ1.
The AJ1 Nike Dunk shares many of the same design cues as the original. The outsole, which resembles an elongated basketball shoe, is made up of concentric curved sections and a diagonal grid to accommodate the repeated start-and-stop movements of basketball. The AJ1 has a narrower arch bridge, and the individual tread sections are detailed. The outsole extends onto the midsole wall at the forefoot and heel.
Air Force 1
Nike Dunks have always been popular, but the newest one could challenge the Air Force 1. Undefeated, a basketball equipment supplier, has recently teamed up with the company to create a unique sneaker. The sneaker is expected to release on SNKRS and Draw on August 20th. Check out the images below to see the sneaker in action. Hopefully, these images are of the same colorway as the current Dunks.
Undefeated x Nike Dunk vs. AF1 “5 On It” Pack: Inspired by the Air Force 1, this collaborative pair has snakeskin print on its upper and purple canvas. A snakeskin print is also visible on the tongue tag, heel tab, and lateral heel. This sneaker also features a debossed Undefeated logo on its lateral heel.
The latest addition to the Nike Dunk line is the new ‘Georgetown’ colorway of the Nike “Dunk Terminator.” Introduced as a Hoyas-exclusive sneaker for the 1985 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the ‘Georgetown’ version has all the characteristics of the original pair, and it will come with a fresh black and red smooth leather upper. A vintage/black sole unit is at the heel, and an extra pair of black laces are included.
The Nike Terminator was introduced in 1985 and was intended to complement the ‘Be True to Your School’ campaign in vogue during that time. The Hoyas received a pair of these shoes from wearing during game competition, and the shoes helped elevate Georgetown’s basketball program. Unfortunately, the basketball team didn’t live up to the hype, as it lost to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament.
Regular Dunks use nylon or mesh tongues, the former being the default choice in the early 2000s. In recent years, the mesh has replaced nylon in some models, and Nike has even opted to replace the tongue with a textile covering. Kevlar-reinforced aglets are less prone to fraying due to skate use.
A classic pair of Nike Dunks features flat laces, which can withstand the rigorous movements of basketball players. Conversely, skaters are constantly on the move, and flat laces fray easily around the aglets. Conversely, the puffier aglets on Nike Dunks resist direct abrasion and tend to last longer.
River Thames outline
If you’re looking to buy a sneaker that pays homage to London, look no further than the Nike Air Max 90 London. Dressed in tonal grey suede with navy and dark blue laces, this Nike model is an homage to the city. The heel features an embroidered River Thames outline. For those unfamiliar with the River Thames, it is a 200-mile waterway flowing through London.
The ringer mock neck pays homage to the archives and references the River Thames in London. The River Thames outline refers to the MMXX label and Southbank roots. The shoe was a sell-out, but the River Thames outline will be available exclusively at Foot Patrol’s online shop. These shoes will go on sale on April 22nd for £180. The London-based brand has been known to collaborate with Nike before, and their latest collaboration with the brand will be no different.