Nike SB introduce the Women’s Nike SB Bruin High, the first Nike SB women’s shoe designed from the ground up.
Central to the shoe’s development was Nike SB’s creation of an all-new women’s last, designed specifically to support the anatomy of the female foot when skateboarding.
Based soundly on science and from athlete insight, the new Women’s Nike SB Bruin High marks a figurative and literal step forward for women’s skateboarding. And this is just the beginning. Nike SB will continue to pursue additional women’s-focused product in the future.
“I used to look up how to modify my shoes online so I could make them fit better,” says Lacey Baker, Nike SB pro skateboarder. “I would put frozen plastic bags inside my shoes or spray them with water to stretch them out and make them feel like they were better molded to my feet.”
Baker’s insight is echoed in similar anecdotes — about modifying men’s skate shoes to improve fit — from female Nike SB athletes including Leticia Bufoni, Sarah Meurle, and Josie Millard, as well as multiple female skate crews surveyed by Nike. Some of these adjustments are admittedly ritualistic, potentially helping to boost an athlete’s confidence, and involve tape, microwaving, and other similar actions. Yet they point to a very real need: a skateboarding shoe built for a woman’s foot that doesn’t compromise performance or require modification. This led to the development of the first Nike skate shoe designed for women: the Women’s Nike SB Bruin High.