Size and fit

Adding a fleece lining in the shoe's interior may suggest a tighter fit for wearers with wide feet. But for users who prefer a snug feel can compensate with its lace-up closure which is infused with reflective material. Nike makes the Tanjun Chukka available in a standard D medium width for men from 6-12.

Nike Tanjun Chukka Style

The Nike Tanjun Chukka's upper is fabricated in a seamless style which can be made appropriate to partner with pants. Its sleek mid-top image also qualifies as a casual shoe which also borders as premium wear that can be worn in business-related events.

Notable Features

The mid top silhouette of the original Tanjun was enforced with waterproof textiles in its upper for keeping the feet warm and dry. The contours of the lace patch were replicated from the Nike Tanjun sneaker but are punched with two additional eyelets making its seven holes.

The Nike Tanjun Chukka's midsole is composed of an injected foam that provides ample cushioning with a lightweight experience. And lastly, its interior is incorporated with fleece material for a warm, cozy sensation.

Nike Tanjun Chukka History

The success story of the Nike Tanjun would trace out to its father design: the Nike Roshe. Inspired by the coinage of a Japanese Zen Master, the outline of both shoes exhibit pure simplicity which is coincidentally is the origin of the word Tanjun.

Gaining mass culture popularity with its low-priced and unadvertised model, the Nike Roshe had its turning point by amassing a bulk of sneaker sales since its establishment in 2012. Although fame was known to have its dark side, the Roshe had acquired its negative taste of publicity in the succeeding years.

The Roshe was name-dropped by the satirical men's apparel blog, Four Pins, stating that they killed the renowned Nike model. This uproar cast a minor shadow in the light of the Zen-inspired brand which in turn forced Nike to produce a similar silhouette in the form of the Nike Tanjun.

Come 2017, a surprising comeback for the formidable sportswear producer was manifested by the Nike Tanjun claiming the number 1 spot in the US-based NPD survey. A significant contributor to its rise was its general release in stores and its popularity with mothers. But Nike's aspirations for the shoe didn't stop there.

Nike further developed the Tanjun's smooth design and incorporated it into a very functional sneakerboot that can withstand differences in weather. Adding a waterproof textile upper and reflective elements made the Nike Tanjun Chukka visible at night while showcasing dryness and warmth for the feet.

Its structure of a cleat also astonishes users with its lightweight material construction which enables them to sport it indoors and outdoors. Besides having a sturdy and durable exterior, the lining inside was assembled with fleece for supreme comfort.

Additional Info

  • The durable outsole rubber that is patterned from the Nike Tanjun has small herringbone trenches in each tile which provides traction and grip on different surfaces and extends up to the toe front.
  • The tongue and the collar of the Nike Tanjun Chukka are lightly padded for utmost comfort.
  • Colorways for the sneakerboot involve the black, dark grey, and green glow.
  • Nike branding can be seen on the tongue tab as well as a side swoosh logo that is tangent to the synthetic heel counter.


How Nike Tanjun Chukka ranks compared to all other shoes
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Top 48% mid sneakers
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