In May of 2016 it was the last time the Nike Dunk High in the Varsity Maize / Midnight Navy colorway was released …until now. In other words: the Michigan Dunk High is back. But the aforementioned version wasn’t the first retro of this colourway, which is known to be one of the seven Dunks from the original „Be True To Your School“ pack that put Nike’s basketball shoe in the spotlight in 1985. 13 years later, Nike retroed the BTTYS Dunks, consisting of shoes in the colors of the University of Michigan, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, the University of Las Vegas Nevada and the universities in Syracuse, Villanova and St. John’s for the first time. To this day, this 1998 retro version of the shoe is considered to be the highest quality with a full leather upper – of course after the originals from `85. In 2003 another retro version of some BTTYS colorways came onto the market, including this Michigan colorway, because of the fact that in the previous year Nike’s skateboarding segment used the Dunk and brought it out in various versions which earned great popularity. As mentioned above, Nike Sportswear jumped right on the bandwagon and put on the BTTYS Dunks again. Nike SB did not want to deny itself and in 2005 released all seven original colors of the Dunk with an upper made of suede. With those, Nike SB has delivered a masterpiece, because the idea of equipping the shoes with a high-quality, soft suede was really great. A full pack of the SB “Be True To Your School” Dunks still makes the hearts of all collectors beat faster today. In 2012, Nike Sportswear celebrated March Madness of college basketball with the reissue of some of the colourways of the original BTTYS Dunks, but the blue and yellow colors of the Michigan Wolverines were not amongst them and only came back in 2016, as mentioned above.
On today’s version, the color blocking is exactly like its predecessors. Yellow can be found on the toebox, the side panel and the collar, as well as on the nylon tongue. The mudguard, the eyestay and the rear overlay, as well as the Swoosh, the lining and the outsole are blue. The pull tab on the heel and the Nike Air branding on the tongue label are also blue. A third color comes into play here with the white midsole. Or is white no color at all? There is actually a dispute about this …
Something else you can argue about are the quality and the shape of Nike sneakers. With its varying quality, the Dunk also ensures different levels of acceptance in the sneaker scene. Sometimes Nike manages to satisfy all buyers, sometimes poor quality causes irritation. Last week’s Spartans Dunk High makes a great impression in pictures, but some pairs were wrinkling before they even got on feet. Hopefully the Michigan Dunk’s leather is thicker and of better quality so that you don’t want to iron the shoe before wearing them for the first time.
But in order to be able to judge whether ironing is necessary at all, you need the Dunk first. You can get the Nike Dunk High SP “Michigan” via a raffle. Follow the Instagram account @Overkillshop (girls @overkillwomen) and follow the link in the bio. There you will find all terms of participation. As always, good luck to everyone.