Nike Bruin Hyperfeel Review

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Nike proved once again that they are one of the best in the shoe industry, with their Bruin Hyperfeel skate shoes. They combined high-quality materials and innovative technology to create a shoe, that performs very well on the skate court and looks good at the same time. If you are a fan of retro styles but like modern technology, then this is the sneaker for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Rubber cupsole for board grip
  • Hypercrush drop-in sockliner
  • Excellent arch support
  • Great shock-absorption
  • Attractive retro style
Cons
  • Narrow fit
Outsole

Outsole

A basketball shoe turned skateboard sneaker, the Nike Bruin Hyperfeel is now even more flexible and grippy, for the ultimate skateboard experience. It features a very thin rubber cupsole with a herringbone tread pattern for enhanced grip and traction, as well as flexibility. The multi-directional tread on the outsole provides excellent board grip and freedom of movement for the wearer, for those flips, slides, and grinds.

The texture does not stop there, however, as the sides of the rubber cupsole also come with it, for enhanced durability and abrasion-resistance, that are excellent for kickflips and can withstand the heavy-duty wear on the skate court. There is no midsole to speak of, as Nike replaced the midsole with their Hypercrush drop-in sockliner, which acts as both the midsole and insole for this sneaker. The Hypercrush sockliner features a similar pattern as the rubber cupsole, and the two patterns align with each other, which further improves the sneaker’s overall performance. It also provides great support and stability for the wearer with excellent shock-absorption for a smooth ride.
Upper

Upper

For their upper, Nike stepped up their game and went with a high-quality suede material, for a durable and lush feel. The suede panels are stitched together seamlessly, for a clean and smooth finish, which reviewers loved. The thicker suede also holds up well against abrasions, according to many. Instead of a toe cap, Nike opted for a toe wrap, which blends in seamlessly with the rest of the upper and provides protection for the toes during skating. As for breathability, the Bruin Hyperfeel has perforations on the sides in the shape of inverted “v”s and a tongue gusset with additional perforations on it, for even more airflow inside the foot chamber.

This tongue gusset also helps lock your feet inside the shoe for a supportive and snug fit and does not slide around during wear, making it very comfortable on the top of the feet. The tongue and heel are lightly padded, however, this does not take away from the Bruin Hyperfeel’s stability one bit. The heel of the sneaker is lower than most, but fits comfortably around the ankles, supporting them and allowing for a wide range of motion for the wearer, who can utilize this freedom of movement for different tricks and skate moves. The Bruin Hyperfeel has a traditional lace-up closure, that allows each wearer to achieve a custom snug fit.
Breathability

Breathability

To ensure proper air flow in and out of the shoe, Nike added perforations to the sides of the Bruin Hyperfeel, as well as the tongue. The perforations on the sides have an inverted “v” shape, while the tongue is covered with circular perforations for an equal distribution of air throughout the shoe. This way, the wearer will not get overheated and sweaty while skateboarding. Many reviewers liked the design of the tongue, as well as its double function, praising its comfortable foot lockdown and breathability. However, there were a few who ended up disappointed by the Hyperfeel’s breathability, as they were expecting more.
Comfort

Comfort

A lot went into the design of the Bruin Hyperfeel, especially its comfort levels, as Nike aimed to combine functionality and comfortability all in one shoe. That is why the Hyperfeel comes with some very innovative features, to amp up the comfort and enhance performance at the same time. First off, instead of a heavy rubber outsole, Nike opted for a thin, lightweight and very flexible rubber cupsole, that has excellent board grip and does not restrict the wearer in their movement or weigh them down. Secondly, the Bruin Hyperfeel does not have a traditional midsole, but instead, Nike went with a Hypercrush drop-in sockliner, that acts as both the midsole and insole for this sneaker.

It is thicker at the heel, for added cushioning, and has great arch support, while the forefoot region is much thinner, for enhanced board feel and control. The Hypercrush sockliner is also very flexible and easy to move in, enhancing performance on the skate court. That said, if you have flat feet, it will take some time getting used to it, but after a while, the sneaker will become very comfortable for any foot shape. For their upper, Nike chose high quality suede, that is not only very comfortable and conforms to the feet, but can withstand some heavy use without tearing.

It features a thinly padded tongue gusset for a comfortable foot lockdown and a lower heel, which is also lightly padded, for a comfortable and stable fit around the ankles. Additionally, Nike included perforations both in the sides of the sneaker and the tongue for breathability. Reviewers were very satisfied with the comfort the Bruin Hyperfeel delivered, especially since it did not affect the sneaker’s performance. However, a few complained about the sneakers being too narrow.
Durability

Durability

When it comes to durability, Nike made sure to include some special features to enhance the Hyperfeel’s longevity. That is why they chose a quality suede material for their upper, as it is comfortable and protects the feet against injuries, that can occur on the skate court. The upper consists of suede panels that have been seamlessly stitched together, creating a clean look and protecting from wear and tear, so the wearer can skateboard worry-free since the shoe will not come apart mid-flip. To ensure, that the laces will not rip prematurely, a Hyperfuse coating has been applied around the eyelets.

Furthermore, Nike included a toe wrap, which blends in with the rest of the upper seamlessly and protects the toes from injuries. The Hypercrush sockliner is also quite durable, not losing its shape even after extensive use. Additionally, the rubber cupsole has some texture on the sides as well, protecting the shoe against abrasions, especially the ones created by kickflips, that can wear out the sides of the sneakers quite fast. However, since the rubber cupsole is very thin, it is the first thing to go, and some reviewers voiced their disappointment about it. The forefoot region seems to be the most worn area for skateboarders, as it eventually wears off its tread and becomes “paper thin”. Since there is no midsole in this sneaker, just the drop-in sockliner, some reviewers expected a bit more from the outsole. That said, most reviewers were satisfied with how the Bruin Hyperfeel held up, and actually liked the thin cupsole design better than traditional outsoles, as it kept the sneakers lightweight and they had better control.
Fit

Fit

The Nike Bruin Hyperfeel is available in only men’s sizes from 4-14 medium width. Although, it does not come in wide widths, people with wide feet are also able to wear these sneakers, as the suede has some give to it and will stretch out over time to fit the wearer’s foot shape. However, some reviewers reported the sneakers being at least half a size smaller and quite narrow, and advised to size up when purchasing. The Bruin Hyperfeel is indeed narrow at the heel to midfoot region, but that is intentional for better lockdown, to prevent the feet from slipping out of the sneakers mid-wear.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Nike Bruin Hyperfeel is very flexible, thanks to the cupsole design it features. Namely, the rubber cupsole is highly flexible, thanks to its thin nature and tread pattern, that allows the feet to move and bend naturally, as it follows their movement. Additionally, the Hypercrush drop-in sockliner features a very similar pattern as the outsole, enhancing the overall flexibility of the sneakers even more. The suede upper molds to the shape of the feet over time, creating a custom fit. It also has a thinly padded tongue and heel, that deliver a supported and stable fit, without restricting the wearer’s movement the slightest, allowing them an easy and smooth transition between tricks.
Style

Style

A revamped version of the 1972 basketball sneaker, the Nike Bruin Hyperfeel brings back the retro style with a modern twist on it. The new Bruin Hyperfeel features a simple and clean design with a lush suede upper and the signature Nike swoosh on the side. It comes in many attractive colorways, so there is something for everybody, and it is easily incorporated into anyone’s wardrobe, skater or not. It pairs well with jeans and a T-shirt, shorts, and even chinos. As long as it is casual wear, this sneaker will add a touch of style to any ordinary outfit. Some even wore their Bruin Hyperfeel in office settings, and received lots of compliments on it.
Stability

Stability

Any shoe that is meant to be used for sports, needs to be stable in order to keep the feet protected against injuries and the wearer in control of their movements. That is why Nike paid special attention to this aspect, when creating their Bruin Hyperfeel. The suede upper is not only for good looks, but the stitched together panels provide a secure lockdown of the feet once laced up. The thinly padded tongue gusset will not slide around, thanks to the elastic holding it in place, and will keep the feet from sliding around in the shoe. The lightly padded lowered heel sits comfortably around the ankles, allowing for a wide range of motion, while still keeping them stable and secure throughout use. You can do as many slides or kickflips as you want in these sneakers without worrying about injuries.
Support

Support

The Nike Bruin Hyperfeel has a ton of support to offer, thanks to their innovative technology, the main element being their Hypercrush drop-in sockliner. This sockliner provides excellent shock-absorption, cushions the heels and has a good arch support. It acts as both the midsole and the insole in this sneaker, and it is thicker in the heel and arch for supportive cushioning, and thinner towards the forefoot area for a better board grip and control. Everybody can wear these sneakers, no matter their foot shape or how high or low their arch is. However, people with flat feet will need some time to get used to the arch support in the Bruin Hyperfeel. The lowered, lightly padded heel gently cushions and supports the ankles, while allowing a full range of motions for the wearer, while the suede upper combined with the thinly padded tongue gusset keeps the feet comfortably locked down. Reviewers all loved the support of the Bruin Hyperfeel and felt secure and comfortable on the skate court.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There is no doubt, that the Nike Bruin Hyperfeel is an excellent skate shoe, that will take you through all your adventures. Featuring a thin rubber cupsole with a herringbone tread pattern, this sneaker is very flexible and will grip to your board like no other. Instead of a midsole and insole combination, Nike used their Hypercrush drop-in sockliner, that provides excellent shock-absorption, heel cushioning and arch support for the ultimate skateboarding experience. They also used a quality suede for their upper, to enhance durability and protect the shoes from wear and tear.

Another innovative feature this sneaker has is the tongue gusset, that helps keep the feet securely locked into position and a lowered, lightly padded heel, that offers ankle support and a wide range of motion to the wearer. Not to mention the attractive retro-inspired look this sneaker has. Reviewers loved the design and comfort, that the Bruin Hyperfeel offered, and they felt secure and protected on the skate court. That said, the thin cupsole does wear out rather quickly, according to some, and the fit is on the narrow side, so sizing up is recommended. However, the affordable price tag and positive qualities make this sneaker worth buying.