The History of the Nike Dunk

The Nike Dunk sneaker has a long and rich history. First introduced in 1985 as a basketball shoe, the Dunk quickly gained popularity among college and high school teams, thanks to its durable design and affordable price point.

Nike Dunk High OG 1985, Sotheby's Sample

But it wasn't just athletes who took notice of the Dunk. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the sneaker became a favorite among skateboarders, who appreciated its sturdy construction and grippy sole. This led to Nike releasing a special "Skateboarding Dunk" in the late 90s.

The original SB Dunk Low Sample

In the 2000s, the Dunk's appeal broadened even further, as it became a favorite among sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts. In 2005, Nike launched the "SB Dunk," a line of Dunks specifically designed for skateboarding, with input from pro skaters. This helped to cement the Dunk's place in skateboarding culture.

However, it wasn't until the early 2010s that the Dunk truly began to blow up in popularity. Collaborations with high-end fashion brands like Supreme, Union-LA and Off-White helped to elevate the shoe's status, and it soon became one of the most sought-after sneakers on the market. The most-famous and limited Dunk however, remains the Nike Dunk SB Freddy Krueger.

Today, the Nike Dunk remains a staple in sneaker culture, with new colorways and collaborations being released regularly. Its combination of style and functionality, as well as its rich history, has helped to make it one of the most enduring and beloved sneakers of all time. Get your favourite pair of Nike Dunks now at HDG.sales!