11 Defining Moments in Nike’s Lightweight Basketball Shoes

Nike Hyperdunk

Released: 2008
Weight: 13 oz

The Nike Hyperdunk is easily one of, if not the best lightweight, performance based basketball sneaker of the decade (let alone ever). Endorsed by Kobe Bryant and created by Leo Chang, this shoe released just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; therefore, players representing over a 100 countries wore this shoe during that summer. The Nike Hyperdunk combined and debuted two new high-quality technologies: Flywire technology and Lunarlite foam. The former element is one of the biggest reasons for Nike’s re-commitment to the lightweight sneakers, as it is now seen on all of their signature sneaker creations (Nike Zoom Kobe VI, Nike Zoom KD III, Nike LeBron 8).