Latest Pickup: Nike Dunk High "First Use Light Bone" and "First Use Red"
Silhouettes come and go, new colourways show sneakers from other sides, and collabs upgrade a new iteration. But there's one thing we'll never forget. The brand trademarks that always pop into our heads first when we think of a brand. This is especially true with Nike, because this well-known "hook" belongs to the company like the amen in the church.
2021 is a very important year for Nike, because in the middle of 2021, the Beaverton-based brand will be celebrating a big event. The legendary Swoosh, Nike's trademark since 1971, will turn an incredible 50 years old on June 18th 2021. Several decades have already passed since its legal registration, and the Swoosh has undergone just as many changes.
This Nike "First Use" collection is all about the Swoosh, as Nike Sportswear pays homage to the original design by Carolyn Davidson. Silhouettes range from the popular Air Force 1 to the Nike Air Max 90, Blazer Mid, and other modern sneakers like the Air VaporMax EVO. Nike also adds new Dunks, which are the focus of this post.
Style - First Use June 18th, 1971
Nike Dunk High "First Use Light Bone"
Dunks are probably the most hyped sneakers so far, and so one or the other version should show up in the new "First Use" pack. Among other models, Nike has designed four Dunk Highs for the 50th anniversary. One of them is this Nike Dunk High "First Use Light Bone" made of smooth leather and shaggy suede.
A bold green is the primary colour accent for the sneaker, used mainly on the inner and outer Swooshes. At the same time, you should notice the different Swooshes, because Nike juxtaposes the old logo with the new logo, which is clearly more bulbous than the modern Swoosh and ends just before the heel tabs.
This is also confirmed by the side markings underneath the retro Swoosh with the text "First use June 18, 1971". Other notable details include the insoles with the evolved Swooshes, gold midfoot tags, and an inner tongue label with the words "For the 50th anniversary of the Swoosh we celebrate the detail and craft of its humble beginnings".
Nike Dunk High "First Use Red"
Alongside the white and green Dunk, fans will find this bright red Nike Dunk High "First Use Red" and subtle details in "Sail". The construction is similar, as smooth leather forms the base and delicate suede covers the overlays. Of course, with this version, you'll also find the other split features like the double laces, gold Swoosh charms on the midfoot, and the evolution of the logo on the insoles. The legacy of the iconic design is also introduced with the "First use June 18, 1971" print under the outer retro Swoosh, as well as the tongue label explaining the inspiration for the "First Use" pack.
Nike Dunks not only look incredible, but they are also extremely comfortable. This is true thanks to the modern midsoles and outsoles, which are made of ultra-comfortable foam. They reduce the weight of the sneaker due to the lightweight materials and at the same time cushion every step, no matter how hard. But if you're reaching for a Dunk High, it might be because of the high collar with all-round padding that provides extra support. Other essential features include non-slip soles and a classic basketball pivot for optimal control.
Conclusion on the Nike Dunk High "First Use Light Bone" and "First Use Red"
For their 50th anniversary, Nike has come up with an incredible pack of great sneakers. We love the individual styles and the homage to the early days of the Swoosh. Some styles have already been released by Nike, but more sneakers will be released later this year. As always, we will keep you informed via the Grailify app. Activate the Grail alert in the app to receive push notifications on your smartphone.