As the brand’s first basketball trainer, the Nike Bruin is an iconic style in the history of the American sportswear company. First appearing over forty years ago, they’ve had a couple of releases since their initial shipment with the most recent iterations available in alternative materials and colourways.
Sealing it’s status as a epochal style in Nike’s timeline, the Nike Bruins were featured in one of the ‘Back to The Future’ films on the feet of Marty McFly – only perpetuating their popularity. Read on for more information on the Nike Bruin shoes.
- Full grain white leather upper
- Bold cobalt red swoosh
- No heel tab or tongue markings
- Integrated zoom air units
- Autoclave constructed rubber sole
In March 1972, the Nike Bruin debuted at Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The simplistic design was an instant success, featuring a white suede upper, autoclave outsoles and the iconic red nike swoosh. This is popularly known as the birth of Nike Basketball.
In recent years, the Nike Bruin has been re-released as the NikeLab Bruin Leather and is also available in a Nike Bruin SB model with a Zoom insole. The leather option is a close replica of the original Bruin, with full-grain leather upper and cupsoles as apposed to the original suede upper and autoclave sole. Since then, Nike have product several different colourways and material options – however, the style remains the same.
Original Release Date
Original Model Name
Key Drop Variations
Nike Bruin White / Red
Nike Bruin Low
Nike Bruin Mid
Nike SB Bruin
Nike Bruin Vintage
Where to buy a pair of Nike Bruin
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