NIKE SB: Nike has been a major brand for years and have easily dominated most areas of sports, including basketball and football. It was the year of 1997 when Nike began to branch out into the skate scene. They put out a line specifically for skateboarding, but many of the typical skate shops weren't buying it. The skate scene at the time was influenced by the core skate brands such as DC and Vans, and Nike just wasn't one of those brands necessarily associated with skating.
Later in 2002, Nike reinvented the way they designed their shoes, with a padded tongue and triple stitching. They also used better materials that would stand up against all the wear and tear of the usual shred sessions. In 2004 they also signed skated Paul Rodriguez, who singlehandedly made a name for the brand.
Nike SB's then added a variety of riders like Stefan Janowski to the line up. With an abundance of striking color ways and limited edition shoes and patterns, the SB collection has made its way to collector's items alongside the ever popular Air Jordans.