Nike Dunk High Joins the "First Use" Pack

A salute to 50 years of the Swoosh.

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2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Nike‘s iconic Swoosh graphic, so Nike Sportswear is paying homage to Carolyn Davidson‘s original design with an expansive “First Use” pack — the latest member of which to be revealed is a Dunk High. A veritable plethora of “First Use” styles that range from the Air Force 1 Low to the Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage and Air Max 90 plus modern silhouettes like the Air VaporMax EVO have joined the pack, but this high-cut Dunk may well be the most hyped yet.

The Dunk High “First Use” is decidedly a “devil’s in the details” design. Its upper is done up almost entirely in sail, and mixes a smooth leather base layer with shaggy suede overlays. Forest green is the primary accent color used, and its most compelling application is on the lateral Swoosh: an original outlined design that’s wider than modern-day Swooshes and stops before the heel tab. This OG design is acknowledged by the quarter panel’s white text hit, which reads “First use June 18, 1971.”

On the flip side, the medial Swoosh is done up in solid green leather, is more trim than its lateral counterpart and does reach all the way back to the heel tab. Other embellishments of note are a metallic gold Swoosh debure in the middle of the doubled-up green/sail laces and a classic Nike Sportswear tongue tag. There’s plenty to be seen on the shoe’s inner side as well, namely the back half of the tongue tag that explains the “First Use” pack’s inspiration and a timeline of various Swoosh iterations on the insole. Sail midsoles and outsoles finalize the look.

Though an official release date for the Nike Dunk High “First Use” has yet to be revealed, it’s not unreasonable to assume that it and the other “First Use” models will debut on June 18 due to their branding and the Swoosh’s anniversary.

Need more Nike news? Check out official images of the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Shattered Backboard.”

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