For the past few months, Nike (and Nike SB) has been giving life to the Dunk silhouette. For the regular Nike line, we have seen the Swoosh bring back the Viotech and Plum Dunk lows—both being sold out and commanding premium prices based on StockX. For the SB line, Nike has made collabs with Parra, Strangelove, and Concepts for sold-out SB Dunk models, on top of GR colorways like the Shadow J-Pack and Infrared. Heck, even the upcoming Travis Scott collab is much-talked-about.
While the SB Dunks have been hyped up ever since (I remember back in the late 2000s when you are a cool kid in school if you have SB Dunks, and it pretty much applies up to now), there’s more curiosity about Nike reviving the normal, non-padded Dunks.
Originally a team sneaker for schools in the US, the Dunk debuted in 1985 as a high-top sneaker for seven schools: the University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, Georgetown, Syracuse, St. John’s and UNLV. The design of the Dunk High also served as an inspiration for the Air Jordan 1—which you should know by now why both silhouettes look very similar.
From 1985, the “Be True to Your School” Dunk made a comeback in 1998, 2003, 2005 (as an SB special collection), 2011 (under the VNTG series), and 2012 in both high top and low top form. That does not count other special edition Dunks like the Co.JP ones from 2001 (where the Plum was one of the original colors) or some of the fusion models that released sometime in the 2010s (CMFT and Flyknit Dunks to name a few). So why is the low-cut Syracuse Dunk is a big deal?
To put it plain and simple, it is more of the nostalgia factor: just like when legacy Air Jordans get retroed (whether there are some tweaks or being a close copy of the OG), a return of any classic Dunk colorway is always welcome to all sneakerheads, especially those who have been in the sneaker culture for some time now.
And since it is NCAA March Madness in the US (it’s the equivalent of the UAAP in the Philippines), Nike’s decision to drop the low-cut Syracuse Dunk (and the UNC Air Jordan 3, which is said to drop on March 7) comes at a perfect time—at least in the US.
The low-cut Syracuse Dunk has dropped at select retailers in Australia today and rumored to drop globally in the coming weeks. Will you have this sneaker in your must-cop list?