The Nike Dunk High ‘Acid Wash’ is Full of 80s Energy
Nike have finally released official imagery of two Dunk High colourways that have been doing the rounds on the Internet for a few months, which for some time had questionable provenance due to its unusual silhouette. However, as the ecomm shots above reveal, plus the recent UNDERCOVER collaboration, this is actually a remastered Dunk that is reportedly closer to 1980s specifications. Not to mention the ‘Acid Wash’ finish that definitely helps date these Dunks to that era.
Original Nike Dunks from 1985-86 available for purchase are few and far between these days, but strong search engine skills will find a handful of pictorial examples that clearly show the differences between the earliest batches and subsequent releases. For one, the midsole is substantially taller on the OG Dunk as compared to the retros from 1998 onwards. This new ‘Acid Wash’ pack brings back some extra chunk to the soles, plus the outsole tread is similarly beefed up to match.
The new ankle collar is also substantially different with a rather dramatic rearwards scoop as opposed to the more squared-off shape that many are accustomed to. In fact, this tweaked collar seems to be exaggerated beyond the proportions of the ’85 OG.
Otherwise, these Dunks channel the idea of BTTYS-style black/white and grey/red colourways that have been aged, and been customised with acid wash panels, as was the style at the time. And there’s a cool box too, displaying very retro graphic design. Keep an eye out for release details.