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Low Top

Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

Mid Top

Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

High Top

Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

Good to know

Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

Inspired from

Sports

Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

Collection

Good to know

Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

Price
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the users commended the stylish design.
  • Few reviewers liked the colorway available. They fancied the combination of Anthracite-White-Orange in this shoe.
  • The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT has good ankle padding, shared by some reviewers.
  • The thick and supportive insole is commendable, said many thrashers. They liked the firmness that is fitting for the high jumps.
  • Many liked the removable insole. Some wearers shared that they can take it off and change it to their preferred orthotics.
  • The majority of reviewers praised the superb board feel of the SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT.
  • A handful of users noted about the breathable tongue.
  • Many users enjoyed the grippy rubber outsole.
  • Few users noted about the well-cushioned heel counter that is a little bit lowered to maximize the range of motion.
  • Buyers can avail of this at an affordable price point.
  • One user said that this shoe is easy to maintain.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users griped that the Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT is available only in one colorway.
  • One user complained about the durability of the outsole.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel has been revamped to offer a much tougher version, the XT. It carries the same elements of the prior iteration except for the treated suede upper with a water-repellent feature. Remaining true to its precursor, this shoe delivers lightness, unparalleled board feel with boosted toughness.  With its durability offered at an affordable price point, the Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT is considered a cut above the rest.


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Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT History

The Nike Bruin paved the way for what would become the Nike’s most popular and profitable product line, the Nike Basketball. Originally released in 1972, the Nike Bruin has a simple upper design with cobalt red Swoosh. It also features an autoclaved herringbone-pattern outsole design for added traction. The Bruin was named after a successful NCAA team, the UCLA Bruins.

The Nike Bruin was seen in the market in various colorways, with either suede or leather upper. In a classic film “Back to the Future,” one of the lead characters, Marty McFly, was seen sporting this which helped perpetuate the popularity of the Bruin in the market.

Recently, the Bruin was re-launched as the NikeLab Bruin Leather, which is considered a close replica of the original version. It features a full-grain leather upper with cupsole. Nike Skateboarding project also adopted the Bruin silhouette. They re-engineered it and inserted the Zoom technology into the insole.

The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel was launched in 2016 displaying same profile of the classic Bruin. It features the Hyperfeel technology in the sole that delivers flexibility, superb board feel and support during high impact. The Swoosh released the XT edition of the SB Bruin Hyperfeel to make it more durable and suitable for any weather affair.

Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT Style

The low-top Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT features the same classic profile of the SB Bruin but with more comfortable and sturdier elements. Its suede upper has been treated with water-repellent for the all-weather use.  The low-top profile allows the users to enjoy a non-restrictive movement suitable on and off the board use. Most users sport their SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT with any casual ensembles- jeans, shorts and even with their activewear.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT is available in men’s sizes from 5-12 US in medium width. This pair runs true to size. It features an internal gusset for a total control while skateboarding. The lace-up closure gives the wearers a lockdown fit. It also contains an articulated insole and thin rubber outsole for an incredible board feel.

Notable Features

The majority of the buyers noted about the appealing colorway of the Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT. The blending of Anthracite-White-Orange colors in a shoe gives a striking charm for many buyers. Another noteworthy feature is the presence of Hypercush drop-in sockliner that is thick, firm and durable enough to withstand the flip tricks and high jumps.

Additional Info

  • The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel XT features a rugged suede upper with rubberized toe tip and higher foxing for durability.
  • The internal gusset delivers a locked-in fit which allows the shoe to act as the extension of the foot.
  • It has perforations on the lateral side for ventilation.