March 18, 1972, the Nike Bruin — complete with autoclave outsoles and suede uppers — made its hardwood debut in Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The moment marked the birth of Nike Basketball.
43 years later, NikeLab honors the occasion by releasing the NikeLab Bruin Leather. The new sneaker mimics an iteration of the original Bruin, with full-grain leather upper and cupsoles instead of the archetype suede upper and autoclave outsole. Today, the exclusive silhouette provided by these updates is accented by a bold red swoosh, which is particularly prominent due to the absence of heel tab and tongue markings.