Nike's Hyperdunk 2016 takes the high top to new heights.
News broke earlier this year that Nike would be retroing the original Hyperdunk, one of the brand's most beloved basketball shoes released in the past 15 years. That isn’t going to be the only Hyperdunk dropping this year, though. Nike is also releasing a new Hyperdunk 2016 ahead of the Olympic Games in Brazil.
The Hyperdunk 2016’s most distinctive feature is the super hightop Flyknit sock that resembles the compression sock liner seen on the KD8 Elite. However this high top is not made of the same compression material. Another notable upgrade for the sneaker is the addition of a full length Zoom Air across the entire sole, which will provide greater support and cushioning for vertically oriented players. Flywire cabling on the entire forefoot ensures the wearer experiences minimal sliding when making quick cuts.
Our only concern would be the durability and protection the shoe offers, as it’s covered entirely in the very soft and supple Flyknit. Great for breathability in running shoes, but if someone steps on you it might hurt.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 is set to release this July. There will also be traditional high top and low top version available, but this “elite” model is the biggest step forward for Nike.