Verdict from 27 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Almost all of the reviews expressed adornment over the Nike SB Chron Solasoft’s stylishly classic design.
  • The shoe is versatile, which some consumers appreciate as it is practical for everyday use.
  • Comfortable was a word frequently used by commenters to describe this pair.
  • It is offered in a number of colorway options.
  • Also known as the Nike SB Chron SLR, it has excellent board feel and flexibility making for a great skate shoe, according to some reviewers.
  • This sneaker is available at a budget-friendly price point.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some wearers wished that it has perforation holes to enhance breathability.

Bottom line

Designed with the classic skate silhouette, Nike SB’s Chron Solarsoft shoes boast of a clean and simple design that easily captures non-skaters’ attention as well. Engineered and grounded as a skate kick, this model possesses features that aid and protect skaters while on their board.

Durable suede and canvas upper stand strong against board impact and everyday use while Solarsoft sockliners provide excellent comfort and cushioning. Lack of breathability might have turned off some consumers but plenty considers this kick adequate for its style, comfort, and affordable price.

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Good to know

A unisex skate shoe from Nike SB’s collection, the low-top Nike SB Chron Solarsoft is offered in both men and women’s sizes. The gentlemen can select from US sizes 4 to 14 while the ladies can select from US sizes 5.5 to 15.5 in medium width. It fits true to size. Lightly padded tongue and collar provide enhanced comfort around the ankle area while the Solarsoft insoles keep in-step comfort ideal for long wears.

With its straightforward design, the Nike SB Chron SLR’s on feet demeanor provides a classic and sleek style to the wearer’s ensemble. Keep looking stylish from the skate park to the bar by mixing and matching pieces from your wardrobe. For a brunch date with friends, the guys could opt for a pair of premium jeans and a button-down tee layered with a dressy jacket. Girls who want to stay comfortable on a hot summer day and still look amazing, match this kick with a flowy summer dress accessorized with a handbag and sunglasses.

The Swoosh endowed this model with a clean design that catches most of the consumers’ interest, skaters and non-skaters alike. However, skaters especially gravitate towards this shoe due to its skate-centric features. The features include clean toe cap designs for minimal blow-outs, vulcanized soles for excellent board feel and flexibility, Solarsoft foam insoles for cushioning and protection, and durable suede and canvas upper for long-lasting wear.

The sub-label where the Nike SB Chron Solarsoft belongs did not have an easy start. Nike has been quite established during the time the company attempted to release skate-centric shoes in the 90s. Hence most people would naturally think that the giant sportswear brand’s new venture would be met with complete fervor, however, quite the opposite happened.

Skaters during the 90s were somewhat purists and would only purchase from skate-centered brands such as DC, Vans, Emerica, and eS which became the ultimate reason why Nike’s first attempt was not as successful as expected. 

Fast-forward to 2002, the Swoosh brand officially launched Nike SB (Nike Skateboarding,) and employed well-known pro skateboarders like Paul Rodriguez and Stefan Janoski which successfully paved the way for the sub-label’s admittance into the skateboarding culture.

Since then, Nike SB shoes have been steadily produced in consistent numbers. One of them is the Nike SB Chron SLR, a classic skate kick equipped with removable Solarsoft insoles, vulcanized soles, and durable suede and canvas uppers. 

The Nike SB Chron SLR Black & White is the most popular colorway but consumers could also check out other color options namely Wolf Grey/White, Obsidian/White, Washed Coral/White, Golden Beige/White, Dark Grey/White/Anthracite, and Fitness Red/White.

  • The insoles are detachable.
  • This model is also referred to as the Nike SB Chron SLR shoe.
  • A traditional lace-up closure provides an adjustable cozy fit while metal top-most eyelets help prevent lace breakage.


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