As you already know: “Classics never go out of style”. Nike SB thinks the same, which is why you can always find new updates of the Nike SB classics in our shop. When it comes to the Nike SB skate shoes, all of the models whose silhouettes are based off of an iconic Nike Tennis or Basketball shoe are considered to be the “classics”. These include the Dunk Low, the Bruin,
As you already know: “Classics never go out of style”. Nike SB thinks the same, which is why you can always find new updates of the Nike SB classics in our shop. When it comes to the Nike SB skate shoes, all of the models whose silhouettes are based off of an iconic Nike Tennis or Basketball shoe are considered to be the “classics”. These include the Dunk Low, the Bruin, the Nike SB GTS, the Blazer, and the Zoom All Court. The Signature kicks from Stefan Janoski, Paul Rodrigues and Eric Koston, however, are not classics, as both the shape and technology have been completely redesigned in these models.
The Nike SB Classics – All the Skate Shoes at a glance
In order to help you find the perfect pair of Nike SB Classics to suit all your needs, we’ve put together an overview of all of the important models:
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro
To begin this overview with any shoes other than the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro would be blasphemous. After all, the former basketball shoe is also the very first Nike SB model, which was skated by then team riders Danny Supas, Gino Iannucci and Paul Brown. To date, the hype around the Dunk Low has held true, which is due in part to the release of Ishod Wair’s pro-model.
In contrast to the original, the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair shoe is much lighter and more flexible. The padding on the tongue and heel cap has been reduced so that the shoe can be pulled on quite quickly. Thanks to the wide elastic tongue, it sits very comfortably and securely on the foot. Both the sole and the built-in Nike Zoom Air Unit in the heel of the insole provide great impact protection without sacrificing board feel. The inner sole has also been equipped with a flexible honeycomb pattern, which gives your feet even more freedom of movement. In terms of durability, with a suede upper and a double-stitched toecap, you’ll also be protected against blowouts.
Our tip: Order the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Ishod Wair in your regular shoe size and give them a little time to break in.
Nike SB Zoom All Court
The fact that the Nike SB Zoom All Court is based off a classic 70s style tennis shoe is quite easy to see. This Pro-Model from Nike Team Rider Cory Kennedy shines with a flexible vulc sole, lots of comfort, good board feel, and high durability. The latter is a result of the rubberized toecap. This gives the shoe extra grip, which will keep your board firmly under your feet when it matters. In addition, the rubber toe cap greatly extends the life of the All Court, because blowouts don’t stand a chance.
The Nike Zoom Air Unit is built into the inner sole for added cushioning. With the air cushion in the heel, the All Court is ideally suited for technical skating. So, even though you’ll have to get used to the toecap at the beginning, this skate shoe definitely delivers.
Our tip: For a tighter fit, order half a size smaller than usual.
Nike SB Blazer Low
The Nike SB Blazer Low is also one of the classics. Thrasher Skater of the Year, Grant Taylor’s first pro-model took what was once a basketball shoe and adapted it specifically for the conditions in skateboarding. In order to create this model, a large part of the Nike Blazers’ original silhouette was retained and combined with a few features of the Bruin.
The hybrid of both classics has a particularly gripping herringbone profile as well as a flexible vulcanised sole for first-class board feel. The padding on the tongue and heel is quite thin, which is why the shoe is more suitable for manual pads, transitions and flat ground than for fat stair sets. The reinforced ollie area, as well as the suede upper, protects the Blazer Low from abrasion, while the elastic tongue bands inside ensure a comfortable fit and secure fit. Both the low-cut and hi-cut versions of the Blazer have a removable inner sole with integrated Nike Zoom Air Unit, which cushions your foot on every impact.
Our tip: The Nike SB Blazer Low fits quite normally, so order it in your usual shoe size.
Nike SB Zoom GTS
The Nike SB GTS, like the All Court, is a classic tennis shoe that has been adapted for skateboarding with the help of a few technical features. Even the original from 1993 was quite celebrated in the skate scene, so it was only a matter of time until Nike SB completely outfitted the GTS model for skateboarding.
The shoe consists mostly of a light, breathable canvas, aside from some of the Colourways, in which it has been partially replaced by durable suede. Here is a brief look at the article description, so you know exactly which model you need: The taller heel area and slightly padded tongue provide more stability and a more comfortable ride. Also included here is the all-important Zoom Air Unit, which relieves your feet and knees due to their superior cushioning properties. The Nike SB Zoom GTS is a reliable skate shoe with a flexible and well-gripping sole, nice cushioning and great durability.
Our tip: Before making your purchase, check out the article description, because certain GTS models have suede sewn into the upper.
Nike SB Bruin
A legend since 1972! The Nike SB Bruin is the first basketball shoe to feature the iconic Nike Swoosh and at the very least, should be known to every sneakerhead because of its appearance in “Back to the Future” on the feet of Marty McFly. Skaters were also quickly drawn to the simple shape and the flexible outer sole of the shoe, which brought certain advantages with skating. Meanwhile, Nike SB has developed a special variation of the classic, the Bruin Hyperfeel, which has even more skate-specific features.
The Hyperfeel technology, which had already made its debut in the Nike SB Koston 3, continues to revolutionise the skate shoe scene. Thanks to improved board feel and excellent impact protection, these shoes significantly reduce unnecessary injuries to the heel. The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel rests on a thin and flexible webbed rubber outer sole, and impact is additionally dampened by a Hypercush foot bed. In addition to that, the shoe has a seamless hyper-screen toecap, which in combination with the robust suede can withstand a lot of wear. To ensure sufficient ventilation, there are large perforations in the tongue as well as on the sides of this model.
Our tip: All versions of the Nike SB Bruin run normally, so you should simply order your regular shoe size.