The 50 Best Nike Dunks Of All Time

The 50 Best Nike Dunks Of All Time

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10. Nike Dunk Low "AKA" (Patent Charity Dunk Pack)
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2006
• Allen Benedict, purveyor of AKA (also known as) and curator of 12oz. (Complex Cartel what up!) put together this set of patent low tops inspired by iconic spray can colors. There were only a few sets of these sneakers, never released at retail. Instead, Benedict worked with Nike to raffle the shoes off to benefit Free Arts NYC—a non-profit organization that helps at-risk and neglected children. The set of seven dunks raised nearly $15,000. Win/win.
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9. Nike x HAZE Dunk Low
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2003
• HAZE is an O.G. New York graf head, and the man has paid his dues. Nike was/is aware of that, which is why he was one of the early collaborators (Stash's AF1 was around the same time). Still coppable? Not really, so why not sit back, relax, and take notes.
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8. Nike Sportswear x Nylon Magazine Dunk Hi
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2009
• Dare we tip our five-panels to another magazine? Nike and Nylon teamed up on these and debuted them on editor's feet during New York Fashion Week in Feb. 2008. The sneakers went to retail (and the magazine cover) this past summer. These bright bangers were done right, and gave the big "F you" to those who were all about toning down their sneakers. Gotta co-sign.
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7. Nike Dunk Hi "Orchard St. Customs"
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2003
• Oh, you don't want to give us a collab? Watch this. During the summer of 2003, streetwear label Orchard St. customized 40 pair of Dunk His and tossed them over lampposts. You want to climb up there? Go get yourself a free pair of sneakers. Ranking this version at #7 might be high for a pair of customs (these are the only ones on this list) but the idea was genius, and the resale on these puppies is up over the $1K mark. You can go make your own list if you want to line 'em up differently.
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6. Nike Dunk Hi "Nylon Vandal" (Coachella)
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2008
• The first colorways of the all-nylon Dunk were gifted to artists at the Coachella music festival and were introduced to retail later that year as the Vandal Dunks. New colorways are still dropping every couple of months, and are a must cop if you don't have a pair. Reasonably priced, still coppable, and more staying power than nylon pants- don't expect them to go anywhere near out of style for the next few years.
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