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Back and Better: The NikeLab Bruin Leather

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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.

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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.

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The NikeLab Bruin Leather will be available at NikeLab destinations around the globe, beginning October 21. Follow @NikeLab for specific locations and drop dates.



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