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

10 reasons to buy

  • Its clean and basic design was considered stylish by many reviewers.
  • The Nike SB Check Solarsoft did not require any break in time, a good number of users confirmed.
  • The majority of buyers were impressed with its comfortable feel. One even said that this low-top sneaker remained comfortable after 12 hours straight of use.
  • A couple of skaters thought this model supplied excellent board feel. Some also mentioned that the suede upper is durable and the outsole remained grippy even when the threads have worn out.
  • Pleased with the SB Check Solarsoft’s overall performance and look, several mentioned that they bought or plan to buy one or two more pairs of the model in different colorways.
  • These kicks looked better in person than advertised, a few observed.
  • Most skaters and non-skaters agreed that this sneaker could be paired with almost any outfit.
  • It is offered in neutral and vibrant colors.
  • Based on several reviews, this skate shoe was high-quality and solidly-built. Some added that it offered plenty of toe space, support and flexibility.
  • Sold at an affordable price, a good deal of purchasers advised that this model is worth every penny.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One buyer thought the shoe would be better if the soles were more durable.
  • A few users noted that the Nike SB Check Solarsoft runs a little large and a bit narrow.
  • This skate/lifestyle sneaker offered little to none arch support, not many expressed.
  • The suede material was hard to clean, another buyer stated.

Bottom line

From the skate park to the city streets, the Nike SB Check Solarsoft has been praised for its simple, unadorned yet fashionable aesthetics. Its clean silhouette makes these kicks even more appealing as it can be worn with a variety of clothing.

Already stylish, this skate shoe still gained recognition for its equally impressive performance in the park. Skaters who have tried this footwear have considered it one of their favorite models for the optimum traction and superior board feel it provided. Not only that, the low-top Nike SB Check Solarsoft also offered reliable impact protection and ample cushioning on the right areas.

For a budget-friendly price point, most skaters and sneakerheads only have good reviews to share about this product. Highly-recommended by many who have tried it, this shoe has the potential of becoming a ubiquitous silhouette.


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Nike SB Check Solarsoft History

Sneaker titan Nike has always been at the forefront of sports shoe technology. When it came to designing and developing running and basketball shoes, the brand has consistently exceeded expectations. Aiming to stay an iconic figure for all types of sports, it decided to crossover to the world of skate shoe manufacturing.

Invading the skater community wasn’t easy even for a global giant like Nike. In the 1990s, skaters were already obsessed with shoes developed by Vans, Emerica and DC. The first Nike skate shoes released went unnoticed. To stand out, their designers had to push their limits. Help was also needed from the skateboarding experts themselves.

It was only in the year 2002 when Nike was recognized by the skaters. It was during this year that the sub-brand Nike SB (also known as Nike Skateboarding) was born. Soon after, the brand’s reasonably-priced skateboarding shoes packed with endurance and cushioning tech was lauded for its flexibility, ventilation plus optimum board feel.

The SB Check Solarsoft is among the brand’s skateboarding sneakers that are steadily gaining in popularity. Utilizing Hyperfeel tech, this low-top Nike skater shoe boasts a barefoot feel on the board while providing comfort and protection in areas where they’re most needed. The addition of the drop-in Solarsoft insole also gives the shoe a plush ride while optimizing board feel.

Nike SB Check Solarsoft Style

Those on the lookout for a clean and versatile casual low-top sneaker that can double up as a skate shoe can now end their search. The Nike SB Check Solarsoft is indeed a stunner with its durable suede upper as well as a lightweight and flexible sole. These attributes make the shoe perfect for everyday use.

Nike also made sure there’s a colorway available to match anyone’s unique style. Subtle, neutral hues are sought-after for its versatility while the bright-colored pairs are perfect for those who want to elevate their casual or sporty outfit up a notch.

Fit & Sizing

This men’s shoe is available in sizes 4-14. While its construction may seem narrow for some, it ensures to provide ample toe space. Its low-top profile also gives wearers unrestrictive ankle movement.

Supportive fit can also be expected from this casual sneaker’s structured upper. Lined with mesh and equipped with a removable Solarsoft insole as well as a high-density collar and breathable, padded tongue, the Nike SB Check Solarsoft also promises protection, stability and comfort all day long.

Notable Features

This sneaker’s seamless toe cap makes the shoe more appealing. Skaters also favor this type of style as it ensures a better flick as well as reduces the occurrence of blow-outs. The grippy, thin outsole with a forefoot pivot circle is known to provide flexible, multi-directional traction.

Additional Info

  • Optimal fit can be achieved with the five-eyelet lace-up closure. This includes flat tonal laces.
  • The top eyelet has a grommet for added protection from abrasion.
  • For branding, “Nike SB” logo is embossed on the heel and printed on the tongue as well as the insole. The famous “Swoosh” logo found on the medial and lateral side as well as on the undersole is usually highlighted in contrasting colors.