Who should buy the Nike Court Royale Suede

Nike Court Royale Suede was released in the 1970s under the brand’s tennis line. This is definitely a must-have if you opt for:

  • A sneaker with a low profile build and offers a snug and comfy fit
  • A versatile shoe with a retro feel and a luxe vibe

Nike Court Royale Suede logo

Nike Court Royale Suede Style

This low-top Nike tennis-inspired sneaker goes well with any gym outfit and casual clothes, such as shorts and jeans. Make sure to show off that ankle and not wear socks with it, or if you do have to, best keep the sock low and concealed. Match your shoes to your jacket or cap if your shoes are of strong color to make your kicks stand out more. 

Some of the colors available for this model include gunsmoke, mica green, mink brown, phantom, platinum tint, pink foam, spruce fog, and grey.

Nike Court Royale Suede upper

Herringbone tread outsole

The herringbone tread pattern at the sole provides the shoe with durable traction and a stable ride.

Nike Court Royale Suede grippy outsole

Secure lace-up closure

The shoe uses a lace-up closure system and has a lace pull that keeps the tongue from moving around.

Nike Court Royale Suede laces

Cushioned footbed

It also has a cushioned footbed and padded collar and tongue for extra comfort.

Nike Court Royale Suede lining

Nike Court Royale Suede History

Nike first started churning out its tennis line in the 1970s and signed up the fiery Romanian Grand Slam winner Ilie Nastase as its first tennis brand endorser in 1972. John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras soon after followed as endorsers of the brand. Each would have a tennis line specifically created for them, which would reflect their varied personalities that ranged from the irreverent to the stoic.

Nike Court Royale Suede midsole

Nike’s Court line flourished and continued to evolve—numbering in the dozens—thanks in part to its famous endorsers. The tennis silhouette also gained a following from non-tennis players who simply liked the minimalist court style. Because of the demand for the Court series, Nike brought out the Court Royale Suede.  It is a lifestyle shoe with a retro look inspired by the tennis court. The upper featured a combination of real and synthetic leather and the shoe had a rubber outsole and deep flex grooves. This kick came out in a variety of colorways as well as a suede version called the Nike Court Royale Suede. 

Nike Court Royale Suede collar

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Court Royale
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Nike Court
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA
Colorways: White / Purple / Black / Grey / Blue / Red / Pink / Brown / Yellow / Beige

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Danny McLoughlin

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