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The sneaker was manufactured with a soft mesh upper that provides a lightweight and breathable fit. The Nike SB Portmore II Ultralight also comes with a traditional lacing system, which allows users to adjust the fit to their liking.

Replenishing the image of pioneer skate shoes, the Nike SB Portmore II Ultralight utilizes a vulcanized midsole for sleek and boardfeel-rich footwear. Some colorways even include tonal hues that extend up to the sole. The upper, with a blucher structure, imitates dress shoes which can be sported from everyday clothes to semi-formal outfit options.

The vulcanized cupsole construction is noticeably lighter as compared to other silhouettes which are seconded by its breathable mesh upper. Its outsole exhibits notch on the sides with alternating herringbone patterns. A tongue patch with Nike branding displays Potrmore Ultralight wordings under the Swoosh.

Nike Skateboarding would trace its roots of fame from a very unsuspecting shoe model in a different genre of sport. The movie "The Search for Animal Ching" was the catalyst for Air Jordan 1 to become one of the most sought out skate shoes during its initial release. Members of the Bones Brigade who are Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, and Steve Caballero were seen wearing Air Jordans in the film and helped popularized the brand as a skate sneaker.

Even though it was marketed by the superstar rookie named Michael Jordan in 1985, the basketball footwear shattered boundaries of sports when the interests of skaters approved of the silhouette. Its well-padded ankle collar, full leather upper, and responsive outsole were perfect attributes for skatewear. This sort of advertisement gave way to the idea of creating a sneaker line that would cater to skaters which took almost a decade to materialize.

Nike Skateboarding came a long way from its first introduction of the SB Dunks to a myriad of skate models that were spontaneously produced throughout the years. Nike SB expanded their repertoire from fully functional sneakers built with high impact and reinforced constructions to cozy silhouettes which ease sore feet after a long day of skating.

The Nike SB Portmore II Ultralight exhibits a very lightweight model made for relaxing tired feet from strenuous activity. It also doubles as lifestyle wear with its prim and proper image which adapts adequately to casual wear.

  • The outsole is made from tacky rubber for responsive traction and grip.
  • The lace-up enclosure consists of four pairs of eyelets.
  • A midfoot gusset keeps the tongue in place when walking.
  • The shoe uses a foam insert for first-hand cushioning and board feel.
  • The product was first seen on retailers in 2017.


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