Size and fit

Found in men’s and women’s sizings, Nike SB Check Solars have the ultimate unisex look. Many users feel that true to size should work if your foot shape is narrow to regular because the shoes have a slightly narrow feel. Wider-footed users should size up.

  Cushioning and Support

The shoes provide ample ankle support courtesy of the well-padded collars, which also protect against extremely painful shark bites.

The removable insoles are cushy and light and taper to a thinner form under the toes for excellent board feel. These insoles can protect from gap jumping and stair sets. However, without the insoles, there feels to be little between the ground and your feet. If you need to insert customized orthotics, make sure that these can handle impact should you use the shoes for skating.

 Foot Lockdown

There are no elastic bands at the sides of the tongues, but there are tongue loops that keep the tongues from moving around. Six pairs of eyelets provide the wearer with a system to customize the fit, while the deep cups of the sockliners keep the feet in place securely.

Nike SB Check Solar Style

These low-profile unisex kicks keep the design to a minimum by keeping the uppers smooth and mostly tonal. The stitching provides the only design accents aside from the contrast-colored Swoosh logos. In some colorways, the soles are gum. In others, the midsoles are done in white. The fabric varies too, depending upon the color scheme. 

The colorways are wider in the men’s version of the Nike SB Check Solars, which come in black/white (leather), black/white (suede), cool grey/white (suede), black/anthracite/dark brown (suede), and black (leather), among others. A couple of the women’s models feature canvas uppers. These are desert ore/white/white and light armory blue/white/gum light brown. 

  Style Guide

  For skating: 

Men - Put the Nike SB Check Solars on your feet (preferably in a black suede colorway) and wear chino shorts, a plain white tee (one with a cool statement or graphic would also be cool), and long, black socks for a very laidback sporty look. 

Women - Shiny black pants, a striped buttoned baseball shirt in white, black baseball cap turned backward, and the desert ore colorway of Nike SB Check Solars proclaim you’re ready to go tricking with the best of them.

For casual wear: 

Men - Dark-colored pants, a black shirt, and a pinstriped denim blue blazer with rolled-up sleeves is an elevated way to wear your black leather skate kicks.

Women - A loose tank top in plain white, a printed light blue cotton skirt or shorts, and these Nike kicks in the blue armory shade is a fitting ensemble for malling, errand running, or casual walks around town.

A pretty short, pleated skirt and a cropped shirt also works.

Notable Features

Nike made sure to keep these fresh kicks as utilitarian as possible to give you the best possible skating experience. The name of the shoes come from the Solarsoft sockliners featured in the sneakers and which are one of the main draws. 

The Solarsoft sockliners have a plush, cushy feel that is somewhat similar in looks to the Bruin’s insoles. They come with deep cups that hold the feet in place to keep them from moving around inside. The cushioning, especially around the heel area, is enough to support against hard impacts. This thins down towards the toes so you can feel the board. 

Additionally, the sneakers also have a Flex-Wrap construction, which allows the shoes to adapt to your feet for heel-to-toe flexibility. The one-piece toes and extended vamps not only prevent blowouts from happening but also help you make snappy flicks. 

Nike SB Check Solar History

Nike may have been late to the skateboarding game, only coming out successfully with a skateboarding line (Nike SB or Skateboarding) back in 2002, but they sure made up for lost time quickly. The first release was a model called Nike SB Dunk, which changed the way many skateboarders viewed the brand.

  The launch of Nike SB

SB Dunks were based on a popular 80s college basketball silhouette called Dunk. Dunk shoes had a wide range of colorways, excellent grip, and they looked similar to the Jordan 1s. Because of these characteristics and some later 90s updates, skaters began to gravitate towards the shoes. 

Nike chose to capitalize on its Dunk model when it launched its SB line. It just reconstructed the silhouette to contain more skate-specific features. This was a good move on the brand’s part as SB Dunks were the reason that Nike’s second effort to build a skate line succeeded. 

Seasoned riders like Paul Rodriguez, Stefan Janoski, and Lewis Marnell signed on for Nike’s team, and many hard-to-please skaters were won over. It also helped that Nike was focused on providing the best tech possible for its skate shoes for increased comfort, protection, and durability. 

 Check Solar shoes

In 2016, Nike SB came out with a new model called Check Solar. Check Solars capitalized on the brand’s Solarsoft technology (which was already applied to several shoes in different categories). These solid skate sneakers boasted of a well-cushioned yet protected barefoot feel. The shoes slowly gained traction and are now one of the brand’s well-performing skating models. 

Additional Info

  • Nike SB Check Solars feature high-density foam collars.
  • The Nike SB logo can be seen on the heel part of the midsoles, the tongues, and on the insoles. 
  • The uppers of the shoes are reinforced in critical areas for enhanced durability.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Nike Sb, Nike Sb Check
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Vulc Sole / Fabric
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Colorways: Blue / Beige / White / Black / Grey / Red / Brown

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.