5 Nike SB Dunks to Cop That Aren’t Collaborations

Nike SB is back and in a big way.

In the early days of the sneaker division, it wasn’t just about collaborations. In-line releases were driving affinity for the brand, putting the swoosh on the map for skateboarding in the mid-2000s. Once again, Nike has put this strategy into play, and it’s causing general release (GR) Dunks to sell out just like they used to.

In the beginning, Nike SB’s first four sneaker options were all Dunk Lows in colorways that took inspiration from the skate team’s original members—Danny Supa, Reese Forbes, Richard Mulder and Gino Iannucci. These Dunks continue to be some of the most coveted sneakers available, permanently shifting the way sneakers release—sometimes without collaborators.

The SB division recently called on its OG team members, with James Arizumi at the helm, to bring energy back to the category. These sneakers have appeared on the feet of Travis Scott, LeBron James and fellow Nike SB team rider Eric Koston, causing the demand that once made GRs fly off the shelves to return.

Here are five Nike SB Dunks that you definitely need to cop, even if they aren’t collabs.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Washed Coral

In 2004, Nike SB launched one of its most sought-after collaborations with renowned street artist Futura. Following this Dunk High, the brand unveiled the Shy Pink and the Varsity Blue/Pink Ice versions in 2005 and 2009, respectively. This soft shade of pink has returned to the skate-specific Dunk collection once again with the Washed Coral colorway. Featuring a primarily black upper on the tumbled leather and suede construction, the shoe is accented with coral tones throughout, which also match the original pink box delivery method during one of the most coveted eras of sneaker releases.

The Nike SB Dunk Low Washed Coral is now available at select skate shops, like Premier.

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Nike SB Dunk Low/Mid Orange Label

Part of what made Nike SB so sought after originally was the tight distribution model, where shoes were exclusively offered in either skate shops or select sneaker boutiques—GRs included. Several months ago, the brand released the first part of its Orange Label series, which included its definitive styles like the Dunk Low, Dunk Mid, Blazer and Bruin. Both collections were released in either black-and-white or white-and-black variations with gum outsole treads and an orange SB label on the tongue. To pay homage to its early distribution model, both of these capsules were released solely at core skate shops.

The Nike SB Dunk Orange Label capsule is now available at select skate shops, like Atlas.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Corduroy

Nike SB was one of the first skate shoe brands to flip the script, prioritizing fashion over function. The Dunk Low Corduroy features tonal corduroy and suede paneling throughout the upper that is contrasted with a bright blue swoosh logo. This style also incorporates a gum outsole that has appeared on some of the classic Dunk colorways from the early ’00s.

The Nike SB Dunk Low Corduroy is now available at select online destinations, like StockX.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Atmosphere Grey

Reminiscent of the OG Nike SB Dunk style of color blocking and a puffy shape, the Atmosphere Grey iteration of the iconic skate shoe is made with classic leather and suede on the upper. The simplicity of its design started to sway longtime SB sneaker fans.

Because of the recent Dunk affinity, the shoe is now sold out at sneaker shops and skate accounts, but consignment footwear giants like StockX have inventory.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Light Cream

The Nike SB Dunk Low Light Cream is an in-line variation that was the first GR to debut after the Green Lobster colorway from the CNCPTS collaboration. SB Dunks have undergone a variety of shapes over the years, appearing in both puffy and sleek silhouettes. The Light Cream colorway was the first of the most recent renditions to feature a shape that is more true to the original styles.

The Nike SB Dunk Low Light Cream is now available at select footwear accounts, like Flight Club.

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