Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many users say that the Nike SB Check Solar sneakers are comfy right out of the box.
  • The impact protection in these shoes, courtesy of the footbeds, is excellent, according to plenty of testers.
  • Several reviews on Nike SB Check Solar skate shoes have indicated that these are true to size.
  • A good number of purchasers—skaters and non-skaters alike—are happy with the shoe’s sporty casual vibe.
  • The shoes are highly skateable and make any flip trick easier and higher, a handful of skateboarders have noted.
  • Some buyers love the amount of padding in the collar area of these shoes from Nike’s SB line.
  • The shoes are flexible from day one, a few individuals have noted.
  • Nike SB Check Solars offer exceptional board feel, a small number of consumers have reported.
  • A minority of the reviewers like the one-piece toes that protect the seams from blowouts.
  • The soles of these shoes from Nike provide “the best grip for boards” when doing tricks, around three people have said.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of users claim that the shoes have a slightly narrow fit.
  • A few testers have reported that the soles are too thin.

Bottom line

Nike SB Check Solars are highly functional skate shoes that are comfortable from day one. The soft leather/suede fabrics are highly pliable, and there’s a good amount of padding in them to protect against impacts and shark bites. And because they’re vulcanized, the kicks offer a lot of flexibility.

The shoes skate exceptionally well and don’t show much wear and tear when you ollie or do flicks. The grip and board feel are excellent, too, although it can feel a bit too thin at the soles.

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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
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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.

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.

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 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. 

  • 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.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com