Who should buy Nike FL-Rue

Nike FL-Rue is hoop shoe-inspired, lifestyle sneaker great if you look for:

  • off court sneakers that are both stylish and comfortable
  • sporty yet fashionable sneaker with the adaptive fit and reliable support

Nike FL-Rue logo

Pillow-like Nike FL-Rue

The padded footbed helps improve the shoe’s comfort level underfoot. Although reminiscent of retro b-ball sneakers, the Nike FL-Rue features a visible Zoom Air unit that offers responsive cushioning.

Nike FL-Rue midsole

Breathable and unique upper of Nike Rue

Distinguished for its unique two-piece upper, the perforated leather is durable yet breathable and the neoprene gives the shoe sock-like comfort. Its wavy sole unit with a track-like traction pattern is just as impressive. 

Nike FL-Rue leather upper

Great grip and shock absorption 

The lightweight midsole of the Nike FL-Rue doubles as an outsole. Its rubber pods improve the shoe’s grip and shock-absorbing properties.

Nike FL-Rue sole

History of Nike FL-Rue

March is a month most awaited by a large number of Nike fans who adore the iconic Air Max. While most were preparing for the anticipated “Air Max Day”, the global giant decided to drop the FL-Rue without much notice surprising sneaker enthusiasts with its innovative design and unconventional looks. The Nike FL-Rue is undeniably a product of one of the brand’s fusions.

Nike FL-Rue back

While this lifestyle shoe’s upper is perceived as one-of-a-kind, modern and sleek, its sole borrowed elements from Nike’s retro hoop sneakers. Although minuscule, those with a keen eye would notice this shoe’s familiar-looking curved midsole which resembles Gary Payton’s Nike Zoom Flight ‘98 “The Glove”. The outsole with a track spike-like traction pattern, on the other hand, is similar to Jason Kidd’s Air Zoom Flight V B introduced in 1997.

Nike FL-Rue outsole

Despite being a fairly new entry, this lifestyle sneaker did pretty well. Satisfying consumers with its modern design, lightweight construction, and comfortable in-shoe feel, its fan base is slowly yet steadily increasing. Thus, we can expect to see more of this product in the future as it has the potential of being a future crowd favorite.

Nike FL-Rue laces

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Colorways: Black / Red / White / Grey / Beige / Green / Blue / Purple
SKUs: 451321012 / 880994001 / 880994100 / 880994600 / 896173001 / 896173002 / 896173400 / 896173500

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.