The Nike AlphaDunk has been officially unveiled by the Swoosh.
The shoe is not without lineage. Its DNA carries strands from the Hyperdunk line, which has defined Nike Basketball innovation since its launch in 2008. The AlphaDunk shares a similarity to its predecessor in design intent: Pulling together the best individual elements — including Zoom Air and Flyknit — to form a single package engineered for verticality and built to withstand the bangs and bruises of playing within the paint.
Aesthetically, the shoe is defined by its engineering. To gain an aerial advantage, athletes have to be positioned farther off the ground. The visible Zoom Air unit is, naturally, the highest stacked height for the technology ever — to generate push, and to ensure engagement throughout the motion of takeoff.
The top of the shoe solves for abrasion. Its reengineered Flyknit construction provides a sock-like fit that’s both flexible and strong. “We wanted to ensure durability for athletes working in the key,” says Klein. Meanwhile, the ankle structure is designed to keep that power base firmly in place. The lacing and containment is all tuned to harness power toward launch.
The Nike AlphaDunk releases tomorrow, Friday, August 9th, 2019, for $170 MSRP. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and keep it locked here for updates on the Swoosh’s newest basketball shoe.