Nike SFB 6 Leather History
The Nike has been acknowledged as the innovator in sportswear. They have been known to create functional and stylish footwear and apparel. Nike introduced the Sneakerboots collection by reworking some traditional hiking boots and high-top classics. This collection aims at delivering a comfortable and performance footwear suitable for all kinds of terrains.
Back in the days, there is a clear line that differentiates sneakers and boots. Sneakers being constructed with suede or mesh upper, cushioned sole units, and without ankle or heel support. Meanwhile, the boots are toughly constructed using waterproof leather and rigid soles.
Nike launched the All Condition Gear (ACG) in 1989 who first attempted to fuse outdoor sneakers with performance athletic footwear. They continued offering hiking-specific ACGs in the 2000s using D-ring eyelets and the classic hiking sole. Not much focus was given to this team, which resulted in a drought of innovation, thus losing to a more aggressive brand, the Timberland.
In 2007, Nike ACG launched the Air Max Goadome that uses a leather upper situated on top of the Air Max sole. This model became successful, especially in states of Baltimore and Washington. During the domination of the athletics and casual sneakers fusion compounded by the revival of retro sneakers in the market, Nike introduced the Sneakerboot Collection in 2013. This collection primarily focused on providing footwear that can withstand the adverse conditions in the city.
Nike has opted to focus on the Sneakerboot category as the work boots category, which has been fully dominated by the giants, such as Timberland, Red Wing Shoe, and Palladium. Nike provided another avenue for sneaker fans who already outgrew the sneakers by offering an alternative to the traditional working boots. Nike took advantage of its sportswear expertise and impressive archive.
While barely young in the category, the Sneakerboot is a nice indicator of the paradigm shift in the consumer’s tastes when it comes to sports and lifestyle. Sneakerboot followers are expected to grow in numbers in the future. Nike kept hold of some of its popular models’ silhouettes and incorporated boot features.
For the first time, Nike brought the SFB to the Nike Sportswear. Nike introduces the SFB 6” Leather under the Sneakerboot category. Featuring weather-resistant features with sneaker-like comfort and lightness.