In 2008, the first-ever Nike Hyperdunk debuted at the Beijing Games, launching what would become perennially one of the Swoosh’s most revered hoops models. Now, eight years and three Olympics later, the popular franchise looks to change the game again with the debut of the Nike Hyperdunk 2016.
The bold new model features an ultra-high cut and Flyknit upper, choices designer Leo Chang made in response to the modern game’s emphasis on speed, lateral cuts, big hops and resulting impact.
The specially crafted Flyknit layout features targeted zones that emphasize lockdown support, dynamic stretch and light breathability depending on the needs in that area of the shoe. Flywire cables work in tandem with those zones, supporting the forefoot during pivots, cuts and jumps.
Below, the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 features a full-length Zoom Air unit directly under the foot, producing a hollow core between the Zoom Air and the outsole that offers an ultra-responsive, snap-back effect. Ever been on a trampoline? That’s the effect here.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 launches in July in this Flyknit “Elite” version. Engineered mesh high- and low-top edition will also be available.