Corduroy and Leather Collide on the Nike Dunk High "Official Nike Basketball"

A large heel patch is present as well.

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Although it’s somewhat easy to forget these days, the Nike Dunk was originally released as a basketball shoe. Sure, in 2021 it’s a lifestyle favorite that’s appeared in so many colorways its release schedule is borderline impossible to keep track of, but back in 1985 it was indeed a pure performance sneaker. Now, Nike Sportswear is simultaneously nodding to the Dunk’s original purpose and current standing with a new Dunk High dubbed the “Official Nike Basketball.”

Though its unofficial nickname may indicate otherwise, there’s nothing particularly Nike Basketball about this model apart from the large navy patch on the lateral heel with an “Official Nike Basketball” text hit. Apart from this patch, the shoe’s main point of interest is its corduroy construction. Toeboxes, quarters and collars present a rich navy corduroy, while Swooshes and heel tabs serve up a secondary tone by using green corduroy. A light tan suede is used on the mudguard, eyestays, heels and collar flaps for material contrast, while white midsoles and navy outsoles complete the look.

A release date for the Nike Dunk High “Official Nike Basketball” has yet to be announced, but it’ll likely hit retailers later this summer.

For more Dunk news, take a look at Nike SB‘s new SB Dunk High “Reverse Goldenrod,” a flipped take on a NSW classic.

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