Why not? When people describe the color brown, the words “solid,” “warm” and “earthy” often appear. Sometimes, even the word “dull.” But did you know this shade can also be exciting? Where sneakers are often concerned, it’s almost always the bright colors that stand out like blue and red, but the brown hue is often underrated. We’d like to change your perception.
Brown can be so very versatile. It’s very warm and is such a neutral color. It’s perfect when you want your shoes to seamlessly blend in with most of your clothing. It can also stand in for black when the occasion calls for something dark but not too somber or stark. And when brown’s combined with other shades, the results can often be smashing.
If you haven’t made up your mind yet, or want to discover cool sneakers in this shade, then please read on. We’ve paired this multifaceted color with one of the world’s favorite sneaker brands—Nike.
The Nike factor
Any sneakerhead worth their salt knows what Nike is. The company is one of the largest shoe brands in the world and with reason. Nike has pioneered innovative marvels such as the Flyknit, the self-lacing HyperAdapt, and so much more. And they’ve released so many silhouettes that have, in one way or another, influenced the trends of the time. A lot of these have turned into classics.
And now we pair these cool Nike shoes with the brown shade. Don’t worry. They’re all awesome, we promise.
Brown Nike shoes
One of the advantages of leather shoes is that they’re far more durable than footwear made out of any other fabric. Of course, most of the time they’re pricier, but this is a good tradeoff when you want easy to clean kicks that would look stylish for even formal affairs. Wear leather kicks for upscale occasions or when you need to do physical activities that demand tough footwear.
1. Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid - These military-style Air Force 1 kicks descend from a 1982 silhouette that first saw action in the basketball court. While the shoes’ ancestors had a high cut construction, these 2017 releases feature a mid-top profile. Heel tabs and double zipper openings at the back were also thrown in. Premium leather covers the forefoot and overlays, while ballistic nylon dresses up the rest.
Some of the brown colorways of these kicks include the Mushroom and Pueblo Brown. The Mushroom colorway features light brown uppers with a tonal hue while the Pueblo Brown version is a dark reddish brown shade.
2.Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 - Nike’s tonal brown shoes (one example is the Flax colorway) build upon the Air Force 1 07 silhouette by adding a lift to the soles. The elevated soles and the 2007 ‘mark’ on these kicks (07 models feature consistent toe stitching and leather material) are new additions to the original silhouette, but the velcro straps, perforated toe boxes, and most design details remain largely the same.
3. Nike Air Max 1 Premium - This 1987 classic is most known for being the first model to sport the brand’s visible Air unit. The Premium version, however, elevates this retro style to luxurious heights via the use of rich materials that range from synthetic to textile to leather (depending on the colorway).
Nike’s Air Max 1 Premium brown leather sneakers are part of the brand’s iD range which allows for customization. Everything from the material to the uppers’ colors is customizable, including the shades of the Air Bubble units. An Ale Brown colorway is available for this model and features a deep chocolate brown base with brown overlays and golden brown Swoosh logos.
4. Nike Air Max 95 Premium - These unconventionally-styled shoes draw inspiration from the soil erosion process, with early sketches including striations from the walls of the Grand Canyon. It’s no wonder that the shoes became an instant hit upon release. The AM 95 Premium certainly unique. Further adding a distinctive flavor to the sneakers are the Air Max units that can also be seen at the forefront and not at just the heels.
Two available brown shades for these shoes are Ultra Brown and Desert Royal Tint. The wavy uppers of the sneakers in the Ultra Brown colorway show a seamless fusion of light to dark shades, from cream to a darker beige hue, pulled together by white soles. The Desert/Royal Tint color scheme, meanwhile, show colors of tan, beige, camel, and dark brown in an impeccable blending of tones. A silky metallic gold material covers the tongues and gives an added pop to the colors.
Ah, suede. Who can resist the look and feel of soft, buttery suede? The fabric is pliable and has a luxurious look that is just as stylish as smooth leather but hides a tough exterior that is up for many grueling physical activities like skateboarding. Wear suede shoes when you need to feel particularly elegant or if you want to skate. Or you can look chic while skating. Who says you can’t do both?
1. Nike SB Air Max Bruin Vapor - First seen in 1972, these basketball-inspired sneakers feature a low-top profile, autoclave outsoles, numerous perforations on the quarter panels, and suede uppers. Air Max cushioning was added in later which, to skateboarders’ profound delight, proved to be perfect for absorbing shock from jarring landings during skateboarding sessions.
The Nike SB version of the Air Max Bruin Vapor features buttery suede uppers that are not only well-suited for intense skateboarding activities, but also for cruising around the city. The Vapor Wheat colorway of these shoes has tonal uppers of golden brown with soles of white.
2. Nike SB Zoom Blazer Low - These shoes’ ancestors debuted in 1972 as court footwear and were inspired by NBA’s Portland Team, the Trail Blazers. In the mid-2000s, Nike decided to re-introduce these kicks but with a difference. They included the shoes in their SB (skateboarding collection), reconstructed the profile from high-cut to low, and threw in Zoom Air insoles for impact cushioning.
The sleek design of the SB Zoom Blazer Lows is perfectly complemented by the brown suede uppers (for the Brown colorway) and black leather soles that bring to mind the 70s.
3. Nike SB Team Classic - An original SB design that was only launched in 2018, this silhouette quickly captured the skateboarding community’s interest. The sneakers feature Tristar midsoles and outsoles, an inner bootie construction, and a streamlined silhouette that distinctly references the Nyjah Free.
The Brown Orange colorway of these kicks features brown suede toes, heels, and throats. The same brown hue covers the quarter panels, tongues, and collars but in a textile fabric instead. An orange Swoosh completes the look.
Another of Nike’s SB Team Classic brown sneakers is the recently launched colorway (January 2019) called the “Mars Yard” which references the colors of the Tom Sachs x NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 shoes. The shoes are graced by suede overlays in golden beige while the textile parts are in cream. Swoosh logos in a University Red shade nicely rounds off the package.
4. Nike Blazer Low - Although first conceived some 40 plus years ago, the Blazer Low has continued to be relevant to this day. The simple design with a giant Swoosh was considered innovative in those days, and the sneakers were one of the hottest commodities around because the shoes not only appealed to court fans but to the lifestyle market as well.
The classic shoes differ from the SB (skateboarding) version by way of the soles. While the Blazer Low features foam cushioning, the SB Zoom Blazer Low contains Zoom Air insoles. However, the uppers are largely the same.
In 2017, the brand debuted the earthy Elemental Gold hue. Although the shoes have a golden tinge, the hue also closely resembles brown. Brilliant white soles and prominent Swoosh logos provide a marked contrast to the quiet, neutral shade of the uppers.
Mesh is the perfect fabric for the summer when the warm season demands a thinner material that breathes. Wear mesh shoes when you want to go tramping up and down the countryside (or the beach) without worrying about sweaty feet.
1. Nike Roshe One - Introduced in 2012, these sneakers have the staying power of classic Nike silhouettes. The shoes were crafted to enable the wearer to do anything and be as versatile as possible. True to its origins—the shoes were drawn from inspirations of Zen master Roshi’s works—the design is minimalistic and adaptable to almost any style.
A lightweight textile mesh fabric completely covers the uppers of these Nike women’s and men’s brown sneakers. The Khaki/White shade available for this model features light khaki brown uppers that are balanced by the large white Swoosh logos and full-length Phylon soles.
2. Nike Presto Fly - The Presto was a running shoe silhouette that came on the scene in the year 2000. It had a sock-like fit and was the pioneer in the “barefoot” craze that is so popular today. Nike reinterpreted the runners into lifestyle footwear that utilized the brand’s Flywire system instead of the old TPU lace cages. A sturdier mesh fabric was also used for the newer edition.
Two particular brown color schemes launched for the Presto Fly are the Oatmeal and Sand hues. The Oatmeal colorway is a light beige color with a tonal scheme that extends right down to the soles. The Sand color scheme, meanwhile, features a slightly darker hue than the Oatmeal and has bright white soles and Swoosh logos to provide a counter to all the browns.
3. Nike Air Max Axis - These black and brown Nike shoes are greatly inspired by the iconic Air Max 98, from the wavy lines at the sides to the lace-up design and overlays. The difference is the smaller Max Air cushioning, a sleeker finish, and overlays that are no-sew.
The sneakers’ have two brown colorways, namely, Wheat/Black and Tan/Black. The Wheat one features light golden brown mesh uppers with grey and beige overlays sitting on top of white soles while the Tan shade shows dark tan mesh fabric uppers bordered with gray overlays and light beige soles.
Knit shoes are a relatively new thing in the footwear industry, and they’re popular for a reason. They’re flexible yet supportive, and no one can dispute that they are stylish. Wear them when you need to go about town in style.
1. Nike Duel Racer - These are modern editions of an 80s runner called the Duelist. Because of the shoes’ running background, the speedy look comes as no surprise. The stretchable knit uppers give the wearer a sock-like feel and, when combined with the Lunarlon foam soles, give an ultra lightweight and comfortable feel fit for any activity.
In 2017, Nike debuted a Beige/Pink colorway of the Duel Racer which is a perfect example of the able mixture of colors. The shoes are covered in a light brown shade with a brilliant pink hue running from the heel counters directly down to a part of the soles under it for a color-blocked look. Black collars and heel tabs provide a contrast to the white in the soles while perfectly tying the whole thing together.
2. Nike Flyknit Trainer - These head-turning men’s brown Nike shoes debuted in 2012 to much fanfare. The setting was the Olympics games, and plenty of athletes modeled these kicks on the medal stands, although Michael Phelps’ tiring six-time climb to the podium wearing a bright yellow pair certainly made people sit up and notice. The Flyknit Trainers’ uppers are made using recycled PET bottles that are converted into yarn, and since the shoes are all about trimming away unnecessary shoe parts, they weigh around two ounces less than other kicks.
Although these shoes come in a slew of colorways, one particular shade stands out. The Golden Beige. The black and brown hues of these Nike shoes are particularly eye-catching courtesy of the small reflective details on the heel tabs which give the sneakers an added pop. Black and white midsoles and gum outsoles add a clean and classic look.
I’d love to get my hands on one of these brown Nike sneakers. Do you have any suggestions?
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I’m interested in buying Nike shoes but haven’t done so before. How much do Nike sneakers usually cost?
A pair of Nike sneakers would range from around $60 to over $200. Most models typically cost between $90 to $110.
I like the brown Nike shoes I’ve seen so far here but does the brand sell shoes in wide sizes?
Yes, they do, although the list of lifestyle models with wide sizes are very limited. Their wide sizes are usually found for their running shoes.
How do I style my brown sneakers?
Good question. It depends on the design of the kicks. Chunky-style, ultra-modern, or those shoes with too many overlays would look best when worn with casual clothing such as jeans, shorts, and joggers. Sneakers with simple and clean lines can be paired with smarter outfits especially if they’re made out of suede or leather.
What about colors? What shades of clothing would look good with Nike’s brown sneakers?
Ooh, a lot since brown is just as versatile as black is. The only exception might be an all-black outfit which doesn’t look good when paired with brown shoes. However, a nice mixture of black and brown clothing would do. Blues are a safe bet as well as yellows and brown too, of course. If you want to wear an all-brown ensemble, just remember to keep the shades of each piece slightly different from each other as too much of a good thing would come off as boring.
What are Nike sneakers made of?
Aside from the mentioned fabrics above, some models also utilize nubuck, nylon, synthetic leather, canvas, and Foamposite. Many models frequently mix two or more types of fabric together.
So I’m in the process of ordering, but I don’t know how to pick my correct Nike shoe size.
What brand do you usually buy? Go to that brand’s measurement guide online and check your shoe size. There should be an equivalent centimeter measurement for that size in the chart. Now say, for example, that your size 8 is equal to 26 cms. Go to Nike’s shoe size chart next and check out what shoe size is equivalent to 26 cms. In this case, 26 cms in Nike is between 8.5 to 9.
It would also help a lot if you read our user reviews first to get a better feel for which size you should buy. Sometimes a model runs small while other silhouettes run large.
How do I pick the shoes that would be best suited for my lifestyle?
If the design is not a priority for you, maybe you should check the fabric. Mesh materials are highly breathable, but they would be of no use to you during winter or if you live in a state where it usually rains. Leather is generally water-resistant and warm enough for cold seasons, but they can be expensive and hot. Suede has a luxe feel but is harder to clean off. Knit shoes are flexible and very breathable, but they usually lack support. It really boils down to how you will use your shoes and where.
How do I take care of my Nike shoes so that they last longer?
It’s pretty easy. Clean your Nike sneakers according to their fabric type (instructions below), never store in a place that gets direct sunlight, and keep them clean always.
Okay, I’ve already bought my brown Nike sneakers. Now how do I clean them?
How you clean your sneakers depend on the material they are made of. Canvas, mesh, and nylon sneakers can be washed with soap and water then left to dry. Suede needs a special brush and cleaner specifically made for it. Leather shoes can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Same goes for knit fabrics. Don’t forget to air dry before storing and your shoes should still look new even months after your purchase.
15 best brown Nike sneakers
Nike Air Max 97 SE
Nike Air Max 270 Bowfin
Nike Air Max 95 Essential
Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot Low
Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8
Nike Flyknit Trainer
Nike SB Check Solarsoft Canvas
Nike React Element 87
Nike M2K Tekno
Nike Air Max 97
Nike Air Huarache
Nike Roshe One
Nike Air Max 180
Nike Duel Racer
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