Nike Bruin VNTG

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First released in 1972 and baring close resemblance to it’s hi-top cousin the Blazer, which also debuted the same year, the Bruin was Nike’s first venture into the world low-top basketball footwear. Key features included a herringbone outsole, additional panels on hi-impact areas of the upper; like the toe box, and a fat belly Swoosh.

Despite being produced initially as a basketball specific silhouette, the Bruin’s popularity grew off the court as much as it did on, and it soon established itself as a true all rounder when it was adopted by the rising b-boy culture and Romanian tennis star Ilie Nastase who favoured it’s simple styling and lightweight design. It was also a hit with musician Elton John who was pictured wearing them on stage for many of his early performances.

The Bruin is a silhouette that’s not seen much of an emergence over recent years, but one that many have called for it’s reissue. New for spring 2012 and complete with vintage treatment, the team at Nike Sportswear bring us three new colourways in this all time classic shoe, each one featuring a brushed suede upper.

The ‘varsity royal/sail-white’, ‘pine green/sail-white’ & ‘black/sail-black’ Bruin’s will be available from size? store and online in early January.

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