Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • This skate shoe received heaps of compliments from skaters and sneaker enthusiasts alike for its simple yet stylish silhouette.
  • Aside from skateboarding, many have worn this model for work, school as well as casual events and were pleased with its versatility.
  • The low-top Nike SB Clutch looked attractive dressed up or dressed down, confirmed by most buyers.
  • Several users thought this shoe felt comfortable. A few even wore this for 8-11 hours straight and revealed that it remained comfy the whole time.
  • One Nike fan said that the canvas material on this model was easy to clean. It also dried up quickly.
  • Based on more than a handful of reviews, the SB Clutch is solidly-built and durable.
  • These kicks took only a short time to break in, a small number advised.
  • Retailed at $65, most buyers consider this product a great value for money.
  • This lifestyle sneaker is available in various hues.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number complained about the Nike SB Clutch’s narrow construction. Some added that this shoe fits tight even for those with slightly wide feet.
  • A few thought this sneaker runs slightly long.
  • It lacked support underfoot, another wearer advised.

Bottom line

For $65, the Nike SB Clutch is deemed is indeed an affordable skate shoe option. Skaters who have tried it were pleased with the positive ride that this casual sneaker was able to provide. A skate-worthy by many, it offers superior grip, excellent board feel, and durability.

Other sneaker enthusiasts wanted this shoe because it is durable, versatile, straightforward, and affordable. Its narrow build, however, caused disappointment for some. This minor flaw, though, did not stop this skate shoe from earning rave reviews and gaining a cult following.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Nike SB
Price: $65
Colorways: Black, Grey, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
A popular pick

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The SB Clutch is available for all genders. Women’s sizes range from 6.5-11.5 while sizes 4-14 are offered for men. Its narrow construction may fit tight for wide-footed consumers. Thus, those with slightly wide to wide feet are recommended to get a pair bigger than their standard choice.

Built with a light, breathable and structured canvas upper and lined with airy mesh, supportive fit, as well as enhanced ventilation, can be expected from this lifestyle/skate shoe. Its low cut construction also allows unrestrictive ankle motion.

Stand out in the skatepark and on the city streets with the low-top Nike SB Clutch. Its minimalist style has stunned skaters as well as sneaker enthusiasts of all genders and ages. Both neutral and vibrant-toned pairs can be matched with any dressy or casual outfit in your closet, including jeans, shorts, t-shirt dresses and khaki pants.

This Janoski look-alike’s textile upper and vulcanized sole give this shoe a clean, vintage look. Its fused midsole and outsole unit is light, thin and flexible yet durable. This type of sole is known for its superior board feel as well as maneuverability for tricks like slides and glides. The “Swoosh” logo is embroidered on the lateral and medial side to complete its look.

Global sneaker giant Nike has always stood out for their innovation-packed running and basketball shoes. Many of which are believed to be groundbreaking and regarded as iconic. However, the brand had bigger dreams. It aspired to be the best sneaker manufacturer in all sports categories, skateboarding included.

To make this dream a reality, Nike entered the technical world of skate shoe design and development in the 1990s. Their creations, however, failed to rouse the excitement of the sneaker community. Nike was considered a flop while established skate brands like Vans, Emerica and DC were lauded.

This setback, though, did not stop Nike. Instead, it pushed forward. In the year 2002, the brand was finally recognized with the establishment of sub-brand Nike SB or Nike Skateboarding. Commercial success, however, would not have been achieved without the stamp of approval of pro skateboarders like Paul Rodriguez, Stefan Janoski and Lewis Marnell.

Stefan Janoski’s skate shoes are among the most sought-after Nike SB products. Many models in this collection are already perceived as reasonably-priced. Nike, though, aiming to bring their products to a larger population, thought it wise to release a less expensive version of the Janoski. Thus, the Nike SB Clutch was born.

Released on Feb 28, 2016, the SB Clutch, like its predecessor, remains good-looking with its classic autoclave construction. It also maintains its standards of performance. It initially debuted in two colorways namely black and dark grey.

  • Adjust the fit of the sneaker using the lace-up closure with pierced eyelets and flat tonal shoestrings.
  • Comfort is improved with the addition of the flat EVA insole, thinly padded collar and mesh lining.
  • The rubber outsole features herringbone threads for enhanced grip.
  • A size 11.5 men’s sneaker weighs approximately 14 oz.
  • For branding, the Nike SB logo can be found on the tongue label and the footbed.

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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.

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