News Update: Can We Plz Start Skating Dunks Again?

AO agrees.

AO agrees. Previously unseen Reese part that came out less than a month ago.

Since the untimely passing of Lewis Marnell (R.I.P.), we’ve noticed a lack of Nike SB riders and consumers alike skipping the collection of Dunks at retailers everywhere. Its more than unfortunate considering a couple of things. For one, the Dunk skates exceptionally well and has always been the go-to staple for older/defeated skate heads with increasing back and knee problems. More so, they’re one of the few remaining shoes that’ll properly give you ankle support and a strap to further ensure your bad ankle flare ups become a thing of the past. Aside from these obvious and completely rational reasons to skate Dunks, there’s one more significantly important reason to skate Dunks: You’ll look OG as fuck.

You’re probably wondering where the rationale is in “OG as fuck” but hear us out. The Dunk has a reputable track record of making sub-par skateboarders look that much more stylish. One of many examples.

Now before our analysis continues, we’re not necessarily stating that any of these mentioned skaters were lacking any style per se. We’re just saying that their efforts of skating a Dunk in the past consequentially made them more appealing and unique then, versus now.


 Lewis Marnell The aforementioned Lewis Marnell is our primary example of this confusing yet logical concept. He’s the clear exception to this theory considering the fact that he always wore Dunks so needless to say, we never missed his Dunk wearing days while he was still blessing us with his footage. He’s the quintessential schematic as to who should skate Dunks due to his baggy attire. If you happen to be sporting dreads, even better. No question about it, he left way too soon. Here’s Lewis talking about why he skated Dunks– you might’ve missed it.

Wieger Van Wageningen It’s far more debatable than we thought now that we’ve come this far. Yes, our preference still lies with the Wieger X Dunk combination but we can’t deny his improved style and stability in short shorts and Janoski’s. Overall, he’s the same person but that doesn’t change our valued opinion in believing in Wieger’s Dunk wearing abilities. On a side note, why haven’t more Pro’s skated to the Smiths? Fear of screwing it up or have all the fast beat Smiths songs been used up?

John Motta There’s no formal evidence that supports the fact that John Motta is skating anything but Dunks. If our reporting is right, the last thing he produced (on the internet) was during the Skate Mental: Somebody’s Getting Pregnant tour and the notable midsole cut out of a Dunk was nowhere to be found in any of his clips. Whether he’s not receiving anymore Dunk packages is beyond us but if he has any control over the packages he gets, we’d be pleased to know that they’re Dunks. Not only are they a fully functional skate shoe but you can probably pay off your month’s rent if the right pair is packed in. If he’s not willing to wear Dunks, we’ll just go ahead and savor the vibe from his P.V.W.H.L. part. That push off the curb doe. #ItsTheSmallThingsGuys

Other notables include Daniel Shimizu, Omar Salazar and even Alex Olson, although we can’t remember ever seeing Alex formally skate a pair.

As much as it may bother some people to hear this, the Nike SB Dunk is going to come as close as it gets to skating an Accel (until eS decides to reissue it). If you’re looking for that same feel and aren’t willing to wait, make sure you find a mellow pair for cheap. These would be too much to skate in.


  1. Andrew

    May 14, 2014 4:17pm

    I like how dunks skate, they are also the few remaining cupsole that comes in a mid and a high that are actually skateable and durable. my problem is that its nike and is way overpriced. shoe companies have no problem ripping off vulcanized van shoe silhouettes so why not give a dunk a chance. or if they really feel like it redesign a whole new cupsole mid-high. i dont want to but i might have to support nike to get the shoes im looking for. people talk about core skateboarding companies but i cant support a company that doesn’t have what i need in any sense. cmon skate shoe companies this is why they are winning. its such a simple shoe that works well, gosh i hate/love nike

  2. Josi G

    May 14, 2014 4:18pm

    I saw you were thinking of writing an article on this!
    I’ve been skating in dunks for the most part for the last 2 years. The old unit was too stiff although the shape was perfect for my wide ass feet! The new unit is exactly what was needed to bring the boardfeel and flexibility to the perfect point; A week into skating them!
    I’ve convinced a lot of people to try them in my area and they all dig em too!
    The Dunk and the Koston 1 are the only Nikes i’d buy.

  3. An

    May 14, 2014 5:37pm

    Been skating dunks for a while and I just picked up the new “J-Pack” Highs. Considering I’ve been jumping back and forth between Janoski’s, Kostons, P-Rods and other cupsoles, skating Dunk wouldn’t be too bad. Contrary to what others think, I actually loved it when they had the thinner tongue, since to me personally, they look more classic and better with the more normal or slimmer jeans/pants I’ve been wearing.

  4. Chris G

    May 14, 2014 5:41pm

    Yes, I agree with Olson! (and) A lot if company’s have dunk look a likes don’t know how either skate. Always wanted a pair of dunks. My real problem with them is that nike does all the wack color ways for big money. I feel bad buying on sale skate shoes online but I don’t have a local skate shop let alone a sb dealer.

  5. mdspb

    May 14, 2014 6:14pm

    Ishod in that 4Star part = Dunk joy

    • Ripped Laces

      May 14, 2014 6:35pm

      Nailed it. Unfortunately forgot to mention him in this post but will likely edit it in either here or on our Insta.

  6. Anthony Wylie

    May 14, 2014 8:47pm

    finally! lol. like i said, i’ve been on a big dunk hype for a hot minute. The Dunks just skate good, look good, and if you can find a nice colorway for cheap it is worth it.

  7. Steve Hill

    May 15, 2014 2:42am

    Don’t forget Brent Atchley and skating tranny wearing dunks. His Elementality part got me hyped on dunks for a long time.

    • Ripped Laces

      May 15, 2014 3:19am

      Just shared his part on our FB to make up for it. The internet has corroded our memory. Thanks.

  8. mdspb

    May 15, 2014 5:28am

    Justin Brock used to skate the shit out of some Dunks (usually mid, sometimes high) as well but apparently he broke his ankle in them so they’re “jinxed” for him now.

  9. Chris

    May 15, 2014 6:09am

    Johnny Tang of Nike SB China and Gift Skateboards only skates dunks. Highs to be exact.

  10. tortoise

    May 15, 2014 8:46am

    Lakai Telfords XLK are a good alternative to Dunks. Skated both and Lakai are slimmer, with a better boardfeel, while Dunks are a bit more durable…

  11. Stephen

    May 15, 2014 3:30pm

    Dunks can be had for cheap. The ugly colorways go on sale all the time. Dunks are just timeless. Most other cupsoles with ample padding are too tech looking or too fat (or both). Dunks will never go out of style. The only way I can see them improving them is if they use that coating on the toe like on the Lunar Oneshot. Other than that they’re pretty much perfect.

  12. Adam N

    May 17, 2014 1:07am

    Dunks are great but in my country, they’re 100 Ringgit more than a Janoskis. Note that 100 Ringgit can get you a full tank of fuel plus a six pack.

  13. dustin

    May 22, 2014 3:29am

    new to team dunk but im stuck og great comfy as hell #skateadunk

  14. Nick

    May 23, 2014 6:45pm

    Dunks are my all time favorite shoe to skate. This trend of “board feel” is just like people eating “gluten free”….all bullshit. You don’t need paper thin outsoles to feel your board, hell, look at dudes ripping in the late 90s, early 2000’s, their shoes were thick as bricks and they still killed it. Dunks offer the perfect amount of grip, feel, responsiveness, durability, flick. And because they put soooooo many goddamn color ways out, it’s easy to find a skate able color way on sale. I’ve skated A LOT of different shoes, but I always come back to dunks.

  15. Jordan

    May 25, 2014 8:14pm

    Theotis Beasley wears dunks a lot. He posts pictures of them a lot on instagram as well.

  16. James

    July 3, 2014 4:53pm

    i would love to skate them if i could find highs that weren’t ridiculous colorways. the FTC ones were rad

  17. Nick

    September 2, 2014 6:11pm

    Dude, some of the best BA footage is him wearing Dunks. Check out his Super Champion Funzone part…..Dunks galore!!!!!

    When Grant Taylor was Lil Grant Taylor he shredded the shit outta some dunks. They obviously helped him reach SOTY status….duh….

  18. allaner

    September 24, 2014 10:55pm

    yes i agree, since dunks are Nike, they are very expensive, whatever version you find, be it the OG or the SB. some good alternatives are the puma suede, puma basket, adidas samba and stan smith.


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