Double Up. Chitose Abe reimagines the Nike Blazer.
Double up. The Sacai x Nike Blazer debuted at Chitose Abe's Spring 2019 show in June 2018 for Paris Fashion Week. The modified Blazer features a series of exaggerated panels, the laces are coupled, the lace guard is doubled - one featuring a traditional Blazer laceguard and the second featuring a weaved laceguard. The heel counter is reinforced with layered rubber panels in white. The quarter panel features conjoined 2 Nike Swooshes, finished in contrasting hues. The silhouette comes complete with a double unfinished foam tongue that is home to the Nike logo used in the 90's, the concealed interior woven label features 'Nike SACAI' and this is also embellished on the rounded quadrilateral heel collar panel. The rubber midsole arrives in white and has interesting marbled line detailing to produce a textured finish.
Silhouette Explored — History
Released in 1972. The original Nike basketball sneaker. The Blazer can be considered the silhouette that caused the harmonisation of footwear sub-cultures. The Blazer is beloved for its simplicity. It was first worn and popularised by George "The Iceman" Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs, who benefited from improved traction as a consequence of Nike's Herringbone outsole, which feature a series of parallel zig-zags. At the time, the introduction of padding around the ankle collar was a big advantage for players, as it helped reduce stress and tension around the ankle that was a common from wearing the ever-present canvas Converse. The large amorphous Swoosh was new yet an eye-catcher and it left an impression for stars and watchers -alike; but as Nike developed Air technology, the Blazer became redundant as a basketball sneaker. The light, minimalistic aesthetic and simple colour constructions helped it become a favourite off the hardwood, particularly for skaters as a 'beater' shoe - a shoe that takes heavy wear. In 2002, Nike celebrated the Blazer's heritage by making it part of their SB / Skateboarding line. The Blazer has survived the ever-evolving sneaker landscape and remains a favourite - in both the low and mid-varieties - for a number of people worldwide.