Last Saturday, Nike SB released two highly coveted collegiate-inspired kicks: low-top versions of both the “Syracuse” and “Kentucky” Dunks.

Before reaching [cult status as skateboarding sneakers](, Nike Dunks were originally high-top basketball shoes dominating the college basketball sneaker landscape in the mid-’80s. Both the “Syracuse” and “Kentucky” Dunks first debuted way back in 1985 and retroed again in the late-’90s, and were integral components of Nike’s popular “Be True to Your School” Dunk Series.

Re-releasing these classics during March is certainly no accident, as NCAA’s “March Madness” basketball tournament tends to dominate the sports world around this time. This year, however, the uber-popular tournament was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns throughout the country.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s tourney, it’s still the right time for Nike to bring back these two collegiate OGs. In the midst of a true Dunk renaissance, it’s good to see some shoes resurface that were actually vital to the Dunk’s popularity when its original purpose was for the hardwood. In that spirit, we kick off this week’s list with another rare sneaker with college ties.

Never forget: No online retailer has the same breadth and depth of selection as Grailed. From hair band SB Dunks to Joker-inspired New Balances (and everything in between)–in no particular order, these are our picks for the Rarest Sneakers on Grailed This Week.

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