Heritage has arguably never really played a major part in Nike SB designs – sure, some 1970s and 80s basketball and tennis shoes have been modified for skating, but the Swoosh’s running origins haven’t featured that much. That is, until now, as the new BRSB is packed with cues taken from the brand’s earliest days and successes.
It begins with the name, which is a pretty obvious nod to Nike’s original company name of Blue Ribbon Sports, which is cleverly abbreviated here and combined with Nike SB’s to form the BRSB.
Beyond that, the Cortez influences are pretty obvious. Starting from the sole, the model’s distinct herringbone outsole pattern provides the grippy and multidirectional traction that skate shoes need. This then wraps around the forefoot, toe and heel for extra protection. More Cortez cues are made obvious via the contrast heel wedge, which, of course, is another distinct feature of the model.
Up top, the the Cortez upper pattern is tweaked to fit the sleek silhouette of the BRSB, and elements like the Swooshes are oversized to meet modern proportions. However, heritage touches include the pinked eyestay edges and nylon quarter – but the brand is smart to ensure the vamp is suede for skate use.
While initially appearing in black and white, expect more OG colours to be reinterpreted on the Nike SB BRSB, which will arrive in coming months.