Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers are pleasantly surprised with how durable the Nike SB Nyjah Free is.
  • Several purchasers like the shoe's simple and very versatile design.
  • Most testers love the excellent outsole and upper grip that provides excellent board control.
  • Its rubber upper makes cleaning a breeze, according to most users. 
  • The Flywire system locks feet in a comfortably snug manner, based on most users' opinions.
  • Most testers say the pair is very comfortable.
  • The Nyjah Free from Nike is available in several neutral colorways that can be paired with a myriad of outfits.
  • It is lightweight.
  • A significant number of wearers appreciate the sneaker's good impact protection and adequate arch support.
  • A lot of purchasers say that the SB Nyjah Free is a superior product with excellent value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some gripes about the Nike SB Nyjah Free not having enough ventilation.
  • A few claims that the pair produces squeaking sounds.

Bottom line

Dubbed as arguably the most innovative skate shoe in the market today, the Nike SB Nyjah Free displays an unassuming and simple aesthetic that features a lot of technical functionalities for skateboarding.

Its lightweight full rubber upper provides impressive durability and grip while the combination of the neoprene inner cleatie and the Flywire system offer a comfortably snug fit that keeps feet in place.

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Good to know

The Nike SB Nyjah Free is a low-top skate shoe with a rubber and fabric upper. It has an inner cleatie construction that gives a snug and sock-like fit on foot. On the tongue and heel are pull tabs for easy wearing. The shoe further secures fit with a lace-up closure system that is equipped with internal Flywire cables for additional support.

Inspired by Nike's Free collection as well as the Air Presto sneaker, the Nike SB Nyjah Free displayed a running kick silhouette but slimmed down for simplicity. Its seemingly harmless design possesses carefully thought-out features that pushed boundaries in design and comfort.

The shoe's rubber upper provides an unprecedented yet minimal style, improved durability, and 360-degree grip. Its low-top and streamlined construction exudes a casual yet refined look that's easy to dress in almost any ensemble.

Apart from a unique shoe construction, every design element in this kick's simplistic design serves a purpose and is essential to the shoe. The upper is crafted from newly tested rubber skin that provides superb durability and grip that is flexible and supportive. A one-piece neoprene cleatie construction combined with an internal Nike Flywire system offers a lockdown, sock-like fit.

It also features Nike SB's Tristar midsole and outsole technology for impact support and flexibility respectively. Lastly, an Auxetic traction design graces the outsole for excellent grip and flexibility.

In 1997, Nike tried selling their skate shoes to skate shops but was unsuccessful because the market was already dominated by core skateboarding brands like DC, Globe, and Emerica. But in the early 2000s skaters were constantly seen wearing the Nike Dunks, which were initially made for the basketball courts. Skateboarders adapted the Dunks, and Nike inevitably took action and re-engineered the Dunk to fit the demands of skateboarding. The release of the Nike SB Dunk Lows is also the time when Nike introduced their "SB" brand.

From there the Nike SB sub-brand exponentially grew by signing big names in skateboarding such as Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Luan Oliviera, Stefan Janoski, Ishod Wair, Brian Anderson, and Lacey Baker. One of their newer riders is Nyjah Huston, known for his explosive and fearless performance on the board, joined the SB team in 2016. One of the awards under his name is a five-time overall champion title at the Street League Skateboarding or SLS. He is also the highest-paid skateboarder in the world to date.

Nike SB and Nyjah introduced the SB Nyjah Free in March 2018 and had received mostly positive reviews so far. Nyjah was very involved in designing the shoe and said that he put immediate break-in and durability as priorities in creating his first-ever signature shoe. He also wanted it to be minimal and streamlined. The by-product is a simplistic, all rubber upper with an inner neoprene cleatie shoe. It is offered in a number of neutral colorways that make for easier pairing every day.

  • Also called the Nike SB Nyjah.
  • Its insole featured the OrthoLite tech and lined with mesh.
  • Woven pull-tabs are placed on both the heel and tongue for easier entry. The tongue tab has ‘Nyjah' in it.


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