Although first released in 1985 as a basketball sneaker, the Nike Dunk marked the moment that Nike was taken seriously by the skate world. Introduced in 2002, the SB Dunk was not only one of the first successful Nike forays into skating but has remained their most popular for almost two decades. In recent years, though, the Nike Dunk has become one of the more collectible silhouettes of the Nike franchise, with high-profile collaborations fetching upwards of $1,500.
On the heels of yet another eagerly awaited Nike Dunk collaboration, this time courtesy of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™, and with a year of wildly popular, leftfield collabs under its belt — The Grateful Dead and Ben & Jerry’s sitting front and center — the Dunk can start to seem unattainably pricey. We’re here to prove that wrong. If you missed out on retail and don’t fancy dropping $1500 on a pair of Dunks, keep scrolling to see our favorite Nike Dunks for under $300.
Beginning life as a college basketball sneaker, it’s no surprise that the Dunk High often looks its best when outfitted in a pared-back varsity-syle color palette. Released in September 2020, Spartan Green contrasts with immaculate white to give this style a punchy, retro upper.
Originally dropping in 2001, Nike resurrected the Nike Dunk Low Brazil in May 2020. This eye-catching model represents the colors of the Brazilian flag and is a definite highlight piece.
After Virgil dropped his Off-White™ Dunks back in 2019, university-themed colorways really took off again. This colorway originally released in 1985 as part of Nike’s College Colors Program and reps for the Michigan Wolverines.
The Nike Dunk High Baroque was released in early 2019 and features grey canvas uppers overlayed by Nike’s Baroque brown leather. This pair is easy to style thanks to the timeless color palette.
We all love a gum sole, don’t we? With the help of a dusty green nubuck upper, the Island Green Gum Dunk Low is a colorway for the times.
The Nike Dunk Low Co.JP Samba first dropped as a Japan-exclusive model in 2001, making it a highly coveted and rare style. A full leather upper of block colors features a subtle, hidden texture detail to the swoosh.
Built from materials and a color palette inspired by the original Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”, the Nike SB Dunk High Space Jam even adopts the rope laces of the Air Jordan 11.
This all-grey Nike Dunk Low silhouette is outfitted in full perforated suede which provides the model with subtle texture that elevates the tonal colorway.
This collaboration model between Amsterdam skate shop Ben-G and Nike first released as a small-batch exclusive in 2019, only stocked at Ben-G. Since then, the Swoosh-embossed model received a wider release which we’re eternally thankful for. The unique detailing sits atop a classic white and green colorway.
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