Nike has officially introduced the SB React Leo, the first signature skate shoe for professional skateboarder Leo Baker. Scheduled for release on September 15, 2023, the shoe is a testament to Nike’s dedication to athletes and their specific needs.
High-Performance Meets Creativity
The SB React Leo is designed to meet Leo Baker’s requirements for high-performance functionality without compromising on creativity. The shoe incorporates modern technology, personal touches, and couture-inspired elements into a new genderless SB silhouette.
Material and Design
The SB React Leo features a buttery leather upper complemented by suede overlays in high-wear areas. This combination brings a minimalist design approach to a classic mid-top construction, ensuring a broken-in feel right from the start.
Attention to Detail
From pops of piping and ribbon heel pull tabs to a tonal “Leo” monogram repeat pattern and custom insole art, the SB React Leo is a refined embodiment of Leo Baker’s bold ethos.
Built for Durability and Comfort
The shoe is engineered with triple-reinforced stitch details in the ollie area and toe, a hybrid vulcanized-cupsole construction, and a responsive Nike React midsole. These features provide excellent grip, board feel, and impact cushioning, making it a versatile choice for skateboarders.
Leo Baker’s Vision
“I wanted the shoe to be utilitarian with elevated moments and fashion-y vibes but ultimately to be a great skate shoe,” says Leo Baker. “The overlays with the toe cap create three layers, so it takes a long time to wear through. The triple stitching on the toe really helps with the durability. I wanted it to last long but skate well out of the box, so this new vulc-cup combo is perfect for that. It’s everything I could have ever dreamed of in a shoe. I’m really proud of it.”
The SB React Leo will be available in select skate shops and on nike.com starting September 15, 2023.