Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $75
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Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the purchasers commended Nike SB Zoom Bruin’s classic conception of the silhouette.
  • Numerous users were comfortable when trying the shoe on and a percentage of them even use it every day as beaters.
  • The shoe is true to size and fits their feet adequately, according to many buyers.
  • A handful of the users suggested that the shoe is lightweight.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Bruin was very flexible and sturdy, according to several satisfied customers.
  • The shoe has an excellent grip which also emanates a sufficient board feel, according to some skaters.
  • More than a handful of the customers were astonished by the shoe’s durability in the skateboarding scene.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users claimed that after a few hours of wearing the shoe, their feet start to hurt and was unbearable to wear for a prolonged period of time.
  • The shoe runs narrow, according to a small sample of customers.
  • A buyer stated that for the colorway with a white midsole, the shoe would easily get dirty and takes a long time to clean.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Zoom Bruin is a vintage revival of a classic from the pioneers of the Nike brand of shoes way back in 1972. Its simple design, with its conservative silhouette and various combinations of colorways captivated users from a handful of decades ago and still to this day. Bringing back the shoe and morphing it into Nike’s Skate Boarding series was a paramount achievement that instigates comfort without neglecting durability. Zoom Air was also included in the midsole of the shoe to provide cushioning and better energy return.

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Nike SB Zoom Bruin History

The Nike SB Zoom Bruin’s roots can be traced down to the brands that started the introduction of Nike into the sporting industry. The Nike Bruin, the forefather of the shoe, was originally intended for basketball with its low-top upper and was released in 1972. Along with the Nike Blazer, a high-top basketball shoe released the same year as Bruin, the duo helped fastened the Nike name in the sport and since then acquired a following for the shoe. As the years came by, several competitors and even Nike, created their own style of basketball shoe with the Air Jordans as a testament. The Bruin was then less appreciated come after.

Fast forward to the late 00’s, Nike Skateboarding collaborates with Supreme and launched the Supreme x Nike SB Bruin. The vintage Bruin brand design was revamped with a plain suede upper with a swoosh logo on the side. It has a vulcanized midsole and the herringbone gum outsole was also tweaked to provide more grip. Both shoes were also printed with words at the heel counter with “world” on the left shoe and “famous” at the right.

In late 2009, Nike Skateboarding released the Nike SB Zoom Bruin which included a Zoom Air midsole for better cushioning and durability when doing skateboard tricks. Since then, the shoe was made available in a variety of colorways which was mainly made from suede and the classic vulcanized midsole.

Nike SB Zoom Bruin Style

Intentionally re-purposed for skateboarding, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin has a simple silhouette with different combinations of compact colorways. It has very intricate stitching across the shoe with that vintage front toe midsole design from the original Bruin. The shoe can be used casually on an everyday basis and can be partnered either with jeans or shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The shoe generally runs true to size and is available in Men’s sizes ranging from 4-13 in D Medium width. A standard lace-up closure offers comfortable and personalized fit in this shoe.

Notable Features

The Nike SB Zoom Bruin has a suede upper with a swoosh logo on the side panels. It has triangle stitches at the vamp near the bottom of the laces. The leather heel is embroidered with NIKE and parallel to the perimeter is an angular stitch. The vulcanized midsole contains etched patterns mimicking weaves of thread with streaks of symmetrical vertical protrusions and miniature stars embossed at the toe front. The gum outsole has a herringbone pattern for maximum suction and grip.

Additional Info

  • Collaborated with Fluffy in 2009, they released the Fluffy x Nike SB Bruin, composed of a canvas, leather, and suede upper in a charcoal grey colorway with a fluffy signature at the heel.
  • A simple white colorway with an Orion blue swoosh, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin - Mulder was released in summer 2011 following the design of famous skateboard pro, Richard Mulder.
  • Nike SB launched a Lost Art x Nike Bruin SB collaboration in 2014 with the shoes in quick strike inspired by the revived Liverpool skate scene.
  • Famous celebrities spotted flaunting the Nike Bruin are Lebron James, Justin Bieber, Shia Lebouf, Kevin Hart and more.