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The shoe generally runs true to size and is available in men’s sizes. A standard lace-up closure offers a comfortable and personalized fit.

Intentionally re-purposed for skateboarding, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin has a simple silhouette with different combinations of compact colorways. It has very intricate stitching across the shoe with that vintage front toe midsole design from the original Bruin. The shoe can be used casually on an everyday basis and can be partnered either with jeans or shorts.

The Nike SB Zoom Bruin has a suede upper with a swoosh logo on the side panels. It has triangle stitches at the vamp near the bottom of the laces. The leather heel is embroidered with NIKE and parallel to the perimeter is an angular stitch. The vulcanized midsole contains etched patterns mimicking weaves of thread with streaks of symmetrical vertical protrusions and miniature stars embossed at the toe front. The gum outsole has a herringbone pattern for maximum suction and grip.

The Nike SB Zoom Bruin’s roots can be traced down to the brands that started the introduction of Nike into the sporting industry. The Nike Bruin, the forefather of the shoe, was originally intended for basketball with its low-top upper and was released in 1972. Along with the Nike Blazer, a high-top basketball shoe released the same year as Bruin, the duo helped fastened the Nike name in the sport and since then acquired a following for the shoe. As the years came by, several competitors and even Nike, created their own style of basketball shoe with the Air Jordans as a testament. The Bruin was then less appreciated come after.

Fast forward to the late ’00s, Nike Skateboarding collaborates with Supreme and launched the Supreme x Nike SB Bruin. The vintage Bruin brand design was revamped with a plain suede upper with a swoosh logo on the side. It has a vulcanized midsole and the herringbone gum outsole was also tweaked to provide more grip. Both shoes were also printed with words at the heel counter with “world” on the left shoe and “famous” at the right.

In late 2009, Nike Skateboarding released the Nike SB Zoom Bruin which included a Zoom Air midsole for better cushioning and durability when doing skateboard tricks. Since then, the shoe was made available in a variety of colorways which was mainly made from suede and the classic vulcanized midsole.

  • Collaborated with Fluffy in 2009, they released the Fluffy x Nike SB Bruin, composed of a canvas, leather, and suede upper in a charcoal grey colorway with a fluffy signature at the heel.
  • A simple white colorway with an Orion blue swoosh, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin - Mulder was released in summer 2011 following the design of a famous skateboard pro, Richard Mulder.
  • Nike SB launched a Lost Art x Nike Bruin SB collaboration in 2014 with the shoes in quick-strike inspired by the revived Liverpool skate scene.
  • Famous celebrities spotted flaunting the Nike Bruin are Lebron James, Justin Bieber, Shia Lebouf, Kevin Hart, and more.


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