Save Your Sole: SB Zoom Dunk Low ‘Marty McFly’

Lee Painter, Contributor

Retail: $100

Resale: $550

Nike debuted the Dunk Low in 2002 as a part of the brand’s new skateboarding line. The Dunk was an immediate success as it was well renowned for its comfort, grip, and durability. The ‘Marty McFly’ colorway was released much later in 2015 with updated materials and “Zoom” technology, a comfort system Nike created. 


Before I get into what makes this a good shoe, I have to admit some personal bias. Dunk Lows are the shoe that made me a sneakerhead. I have always been a major fan of the simple yet elegant design language used. The tying together of basketball and skating culture produced a near perfect chunky yet sporty sneaker. The ‘Marty McFly’ Dunks specifically uses the same grey, white, and light blue color combination as the Nike Air Mag sneaker worn by the character Marty McFly in the film Back to the Future II. Another huge positive is comfort. Nike decided for this specific model, the Dunk would feature Zoom technology rather than Air. Zoom is essentially Nike Air on steroids. It uses air bubbles as well as super flexible and responsive rubbers. This allows for more spring in each step as well as a nice impact when landing.


While I love the materials and color of this shoe, those aspects are also the biggest issue. I, like any other sneakerhead, enjoy keeping my shoes relatively clean. A little dirt on the sole, fine. Colors starting to fade due to age, no problem. A massive crease on the toe box after one wear, not good. All shoes develop creases over time when they are worn. This usually takes a few weeks to a few months depending on how often they are on foot. The size of the crease is usually a combination of build quality and materials used. The crease on my specific pair is so deep, I can feel the mesh pressing into my foot with each step. That is a major problem. The other oddity is the crease appeared on only one out of two shoes. So maybe I walk vastly differently than the average person and it is slowly destroying my sneakers. More likely in this case, the materials are not up to par.

Worth it?

I cannot honestly say any shoe is worth $550, let alone one that was originally on sale for $100. However, if you can find a clean pair for under 200-300 dollars, buy without hesitation.