Nike Dunk (411)

Champs Sneakers has two types of Nike Dunk reps: a performance-modified version for skateboarding released under the Nike SB reps umbrella, and a look that closely resembles the original shoe, which debuted in 1985. Both are obviously Dunk reps, but they're actually more different than you might realize.

So, what's the main difference between an SB Dunk reps and a "regular" Dunk? Why is one shoelace "fat" and the other thinner? Let us introduce to you:

The Nike Dunk reps was originally released in 1985. While the similarly designed Air Jordan 1 headlined the feet of star rookie Michael Jordan in 1985, Nike aimed the Dunk reps at college basketball. These two shoes not only benefit the popularity of their target wearers, but also benefit Nike's burgeoning basketball program. Like the Jordan 1, the '85 Dunk reps comes in a variety of colorways. Dubbed the "Be True to Your Shool" pack, the seven college-inspired Dunk colorways are designed exclusively for Nike-sponsored schools including Kentucky, Michigan, Syracuse, Iowa, St. John's, UNLV and Arizona. Players from these programs rocked the models at some of the biggest games of the mid-80s, bringing the original batch of Dunks into the limelight.

Dunk Differences

To better protect the skater's feet, the Nike SB Dunk reps incorporates more padding throughout the design, especially on the tongue and collar.

SB Dunk reps For lack of a better term, the "thicker" laces are designed to be more durable for skateboarding. Thicker oval laces are more durable than standard laces when it comes to resisting grip wear.

Zoom Air Cushion
Since 2002, SB Dunk reps have featured Zoom Air cushioning at the bottom of the heel of the insole to absorb impact while skating. The rest of the insole is also more padded than a standard Dunk's.

Most SB Dunk reps released after 2011 have a more detailed tread pattern for better grip on the board. The updated outsole design also features a cutout section in the midfoot, with foam instead of rubber to save weight. However, some collaborators with Nike SB opted to use the classic Dunk sole. The Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low is an example of a new SB Dunk with original outsole construction.

Lace Options
One of the smaller details you'll find on the Nike SB Dunk reps is the option to "hide" the bottom two loops of the laces, giving the skater more protection from entrapment. The SB Dunks have a "flap" at the bottom of the eyelet that allows you to tie the laces
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