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A Modern Classic: The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel

The link between basketball and skateboarding footwear runs deep: the Air Jordan 1, Nike Dunk and Nike Bruin have each transcended the hardwood to land as fixtures in the skate world. Now, the Nike Bruin extends this rich rapport — the shoe’s debut in 1972 marked the birth of Nike Basketball — with the Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel. 

The silhouette maintains the classic look that has made it a favorite of the skate community, while incorporating modern performance technology. Like the Nike Koston 3 Hyperfeel, this shoe employs Nike’s Hyperfeel concept, which aims to get skaters closer to their boards to deliver the ultimate boardfeel. This is achieved via the shoe’s anatomical upper construction, PU drop-in sockliner and flexible rubber outsole. 

Upper Construction

The shoe’s tongue gusset construction utilizes one-way stretch mesh for optimal flexibility, while still delivering a snug, locked-in sensation around the midfoot. Suede in the upper combines with TPU skin and Hyperscreen overlays for zoned durability and zero distraction performance. 

PU Drop-In Sockliner

The light, polyurethane (PU) drop-in sockliner delivers soft and responsive cushioning directly underfoot. The sockliner is thicker in the heel for added protection, while thin construction and articulated grooves in the forefoot improve boardfeel where the skater needs it most.

Flexible Rubber Outsole

A thin, web rubber cupsole encases the drop-in sockliner, eliminating the need for a midsole. The herringbone pattern is applied multi-directionally for superior grip, while flex grooves and sidewall texture work to enhance boardfeel and help skaters flick their boards. 

The Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel is available March 25 via the Nike SB App, and April 1 at nike.com/skateboarding and select Nike SB skateshops.

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