While Nike Dunks have always been a staple for skaters and sneakerheads, the last two years have seen an explosion in popularity for the silhouette. While you could put this down to a saga of wild collaborations, including co-signs with The Grateful Dead and Ben & Jerry’s, there are many contributing factors. Celebrity endorsement from names like Kyrie Irving and Travis Scott has also helped the Nike SB Dunk along into a full-blown resurgence almost twenty years after its 2002 launch. But with great popularity comes great prices, and we don’t mean great like great, we mean great like massive, astronomical price tags.
Make a quick Nike SB Dunk search online and you’re likely to see pairs reaching four figures on the first page. Whether it’s a Swarovski-encrusted pair from Cactus plant Flea Market or a fur-covered Grateful Dead pair, the Nike Dunk has become something almost unimaginable for early ‘00s disciples. That said, it’s still possible to show your love for the legendary silhouette without breaking the bank. To prove it, we took to the net to round up the best Nike Dunks under 200 dollars.
The market for Nike Dunks under $200 might be overshadowed by bigger releases, but it still exists and it rewards those willing to take the time to look around. We did the looking around for you.
We love varsity colorways and we also love reissues, so the Nike Dunk High SP ‘Iowa’ really resonated. While the colorway was perhaps most famous when it was adopted by the Wu-Tang Clan in 1999, this 2020 release is actually the return of the 1985 colorway which was part of the ‘Be True to Your School’ series.
With the ‘Medium Curry’ Dunk Low releasing just a few days ago, it was only right that we shone the light on the Nike Dunk High Premium ‘Dark Curry’. Velvet Brown suede uppers feature shaggy orange suede overlays and a rich orange Swoosh all built on a clean, white and off-white sole unit.
As vintage-style, minimal colorways slowly take over the sneaker game in opposition to the attention-grabbing palettes often used for the more hyped releases, the Nike Dunk High ‘Vast Grey’ stands out as a highlight. This two-tone silhouette is easy to style and as timeless as they come.
Sail combines majestically with Team Red for the Nike Dunk High ‘Team Red’. Leather uppers form the perfect backdrop for one of the most sophisticated colorways we’ve seen in a long time.
The Nike Dunk High ‘Michigan’ also debuted in 1985 as part of the ‘Be True to Your School’ series, and it’s another super-simple, pared-back colorway which hasn’t aged a day since its first release. Contrasting Varsity Maize and Midnight Navy panels to the upper have left an indelible mark on Dunk history and at less than $200, this is a no-brainer.
You can’t go wrong with a triple-white colorway. Not only is it super-clean and therefore up there with the most versatile in terms of styling, but it also emphasizes the classic silhouette of the Nike Dunk High.
Some Nike colorways take on a life of their own and the Hyper Cobalt/Black combination is definitely one. While it’s not dressing an iconic Jordan 1 here, the palette still packs a punch on the Nike Dunk Low.
Returning for 2020, Nike’s Wheat suede colorway is a sneakerhead favorite and has seen its fair share of releases. A monochrome upper sits atop a black midsole and, the cherry on top (or bottom), a gum outsole to round out the classic aesthetic.
One of the best things about varsity colorways is their simplicity. Although this Varsity Red Nike Dunk Low dropped earlier this year, it could just as comfortably dropped in any year for the last 35 years.
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