FOR many of the aged sneaker enthusiast, distinguishing between two iterations of a single silhouette is not as difficult as you would expect; comparatively no different to spotting the difference between a small mountain goat and a Ford Fiesta, per se. In the grand scheme of things, how do we differentiate between Nike’s Dunk, and Dunk SB?
In theory, these are two completely different models deriving from the same family — similar in the sense that an Air Max 90 is mistakable for an Air Max 1 to those with lesser knowledge. Amongst a plethora of features and details that both share, we can pull an evenly weighted number of notable changes that were made as the OG basketball Dunk transitioned into a skater-friendly, hard-wearing SB.
Next-up, the choice of laces-cross-ankle padding combo — a duo of factors significantly more obvious than the prior. Hidden in plain-view, the subtle lace change makes a momentous difference to a trainer’s wearability. The Dunk’s skating iteration usually presents a set of thick, or round laces; typically these are far more durable than your standard flat found in a regular Dunk. Though the aforementioned is an immensely subtle change, the introduction of lightly padded laces is paired with enhanced ankle support in the form of a thickened sock liner. Both of the differences noted above form the line between board-impact injuries (to an extent…) and ride comfort for the wearer.
Hopefully, this drawn-out and somewhat over-complicated article breaking down the differences between Dunk SB and Dunk has provided all the answers you have been looking for. In short, SBs say SB on the tongue-patch and normal Dunks do not; that’ll remove the possibility of any confusion in most cases. However, in the uncommon case whereby a custom tongue-patch is present, pay attention to the tongue padding and Zoom content.