Original. Simplicity. Timeless.
Virgil Abloh reimagines the SB Blazer.
- Nike x Off-White™ c/o Virgil Abloh
- Mesh, Suede, Leather & Canvas Combination Upper
- Enlarged White Orange Swoosh Overlapping the Midsole
- Black Textured Midsole
- Suede Lace Guard & Ankle Panel
- Foam Lining & Taped Seams
- Red Zip-Tie
- Orange Tab Accents
- Exposed Stitch Detailing
- Perforated Swoosh & Text Branding on Medial Side
The 10 RE-ISSUES: SB Blazer Mid. Released as a special Halloween edition. The Grim Reaper SB Blazer arrives in a black out colourway. The midsole retains its marbled textured in black. The exaggerated Swoosh provides some contrast in white. The medial quarter panel is predominately synthetic leather with a perforated Swoosh and Off-White™ branding. The mesh panel on the lateral side is finished in a lighter hue than the rest of the silhouette, providing a subtle color blocking effect. Suede panels on the ankle lining and the laceguard provide depth in the material construction of construction, the heel counter is exposed and arrives in canvas. The heel patch (or collar) features a suede panel adorned with classic NIKE text and foam lining. Like the Air Force 1, the Blazer features dyed taped seams where the shoe is finished in mesh. The orange tab accent returns and the red zip-tie is replaced by the light blue zip-tie.
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.