Who should buy the Nike Retro GTS

Grab a pair if you're looking for:

  • classic-looking sneakers
  • minimalist, sporty footwear
  • cheap sneaks, especially less than $70
  • single-colored canvas sneakers

Nike Retro GTS lateral

Who should NOT buy it

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Nike Retro GTS: A retro that never gets old

It started as a "great tennis shoe," and then it turned into a kick intended for skaters in the form of the Nike SB GTS. The GTS is back with a vengeance. It may no longer be the shoe that tennis players and thrashers once looked up to, but it remains a great shoe through and through. Retaining its heritage styling, this old soul gets the approval of sporty sneakerheads and those who appreciate casual wear. If you want more luxe styles to include in your essential wardrobe pieces, check out the Nike GTS 97 that’s covered in soft, short-haired suede. These revival shoes are more appropriate for the colder months than canvas-topped pairs.

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Classic chic styling

Buyers of the Nike Retro GTS are pleased with these sneaks' classic vibe and clean, straightforward styling. Its simple construction is given a premium look with the addition of the leather-like tab on the heel, metal eyelets, and embroidered Swoosh logo on the sides.

Nike Retro GTS simple

Easy to mix and match

Thanks to its muted look, strutting this with various clothing is no sweat. Its easy-to-sport will quickly get you through your day's activities while giving you the confidence to run rounds with your board. Its comfortable aesthetic pairs well with joggers, baggy pants, track pants, and cargo pants. The upper is made of recycled canvas that offers the same classic appeal as the throwback Waffle Trainer 2 and Challenger OG.

Nike Retro GTS easy to style

Its simple-looking but shock-absorbing

This shoe, updated with better quality insoles, will get you through the entire day, from work or school to the park or mall - minus the feeling of soreness underfoot.

Nike Retro GTS insole

Insoles are made cozier and more shock-absorbing than the ones found in the original version. Even with underfoot padding, this shoe still offers a low-to-the-gound profile and excellent connection to the board; if you wish to use it for skateboarding. 

It's light and lets your feet breathe

If you want to go light, Nike Retro GTS is one of the ideal choices. It's covered with a canvas upper and textile lining that’s easy to break in. This fabric-covered pair can be your go-to shoe for your summer escapades compared to most leather sneakers. Breathability is amped up with the help of the extra two eyelets on the side. 

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It even skates with a grippy sole

Down below, you'll find the familiar-looking hardwearing vulcanized rubber outsole with a herringbone tread pattern that remains grippy. Its vulc sole offers better boardfeel than the cupsoled ones from the brand. If you're a fan of the gum soles, you'll notice that some of the Retro GTS colorways are made with this. 

Nike Retro GTS tread

Tight-fitting mold

Although made to fit snug, having a fabric upper makes it less constricting than the leather-covered ones. 

Nike Retro GTS tight fit

Its tongue isn't thickly padded

Its tongue isn't as skinny as that on the full-canvas Nike Court Legacy, but reviewers mentioned it could use more padding. 

Nike Retro GTS tongue

Ideal choice to add to your wardrobe rotation

Unlike other classic Nike shoes, the Retro GTS can be obtained without breaking the bank. For less than $70, it doesn't look cheap at all. Its price is as pocket-friendly as the Nike Tanjun and Court Vision Low

Nike Retro GTS vs. SB Charge Canvas 

If you’re up for classic shoes without frills, it’s either you take in the ‘90s revival GTS or the SB Charge Canvas. Both are low-priced canvas-covered kicks that work as staple choices for everyday wear and worthwhile shoes to bring to the skate parks. Nike Retro GTS's toe area is wrapped with an extra layer of double-stitched fabric to make it tougher. The SB Charge Canvas has a broader selection when it comes to colorways.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Vulc Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring
Features: Breathable / Eco

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Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.