Size and fit

Runs in men's and women's sizing, the shoe comes in true to size. Checking on Nike's sizing chart is a good idea to get the right size.  When it comes to cushioning, the sneaker contains a soft foam sock liner and midsole for a snug feel in every way. As the shoe is made for skating, its refreshing design holds an updated cupsole for a more supple and lightweight finish right out the box.

The shoe has a lace-up closure system that provides users an adjustable fit to cater to one's preferred feel. Like any other skate shoes, the shoe's traction is made superior for an excellent board feel. 

Nike SB GTS Return Style

The skater design of the Nike SB GTS Return includes premium materials for a sleek and classy look. The shoe comes in various colorways, mostly are infused with Nike DNA. With the shoe's blue, red, and safari puts a spin on the classic silhouette, Nike Air Max 1.

With the shoe's design, anyone can carry a sporty yet stylish look at the skate park.

  • When it comes to achieving an effortless skater look, a combo of charcoal jeans and a horizontal stripe upper layered with an olive parka is a safe go-to. Wearing fun printed crew socks with the SB GTS Return can round off the whole ensemble.
  • The shoe is also possible to wear for a myriad of casual looks. Opting for a brown suede bomber jacket and brown jeans is ideal. Completing the whole look with aviator glasses can spice up the look.  

Notable Features

The vintage design of the SB GTS Return from Nike is the main focal point of the model. The ethos of the upper is in the nature of the Air Max 1. With suede mudguards and tan midfoot overlays, the shoe brings back the previous dashing style. One can never go wrong with this sophisticated and performance-driven shoe.

Nike SB GTS Return History

The Swoosh brand's very first attempt at making skate shoes was back in 1996 when skateboarding was a subculture in society. However, Nike was already known in the skate world since many skateboarders were using Nike basketball shoes as of the durability it delivers. Nike has few attempts to make skate shoes. Yet, in 2001, Nike created SB, a successful skateboarding line. This collection is headed by Sandy Bodecker, the right-hand man to one of the founders, Phil Knight. 

In March of 2002, the Nike SB line started with the first release, which gained a lot of praise from sneakerheads and skateboarders. Later that year, after the release, Supreme has collaborated with the collection. Nike SB x Supreme Dunks borrowed the iconic elephant print from the Jordan Line.  Over the years, the line has received tons of successful iterations, just like the Nike SB GTS Return, which pays homage to the Nike Air Max 1 design.  

Nice to know

  • The shoe also comes in a greyscale colorway, called "Photo Dust."
  • Nike branding on the tongue, heel, and insole.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Nike Sb
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Mesh, Cup Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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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.