Who should buy the Nike Blazer Low

  • Sneaker fans looking for a pair that they could add to their daily rotation
  • Financial savvy individuals who want to buy another all-rounder pair
  • Users who hate high-maintenance sneakers

Nike Blazer Low Swoosh

Who should NOT buy it

If you prefer footwear that feels instantly comfortable fresh from the box, the Nike Blazer Low is not for you. This pair needs to be worn a few more times than usual to enjoy its comfortable ride fully. 

Nike Blazer Low Nike branding heel area

Nike Blazer Low: Better comfort, better freedom

Compared to its mid-top counterparts, the Nike Blazer Low is cut so that it maximizes freedom of movement. Low ball cushioning is provided by the vulcanized, or in ancient terms, autoclave construction with a dash of foam in the sockliner.

Nike Blazer Low collar

Fascinating Nike Blazer background

The Nike Swoosh was ahead of its marketing when it was first introduced to footwear. It can be seen in all pioneer silhouettes like the Nike Cortez, Nike Bruin, and most of all, the Nike Blazer. In 1972, Nike released the Blazer, which comes in a high-top form wrapped with vintage leather. Today, its simple design was considered one of the most innovative styles back then.

Nike Blazer Low toe box

The sneaker shouts premium all over with its textured vulcanized rubber outsole, a mesh nylon tongue, and a full leather upper. It was initially intended to be a basketball shoe with George "The Iceman" Gervin as its inaugural promoter. 

Nike Blazer Low herringbone outsole

As 'The Iceman' floats near the ring or clashes with fellow superstars, photos of him wearing a sneaker with a giant Swoosh would circulate in the media. The captured moment became an unceasing opportunity for the Nike Blazer to jump off the court and reach the sneaker-hungry public. The Blazer had a good run, but as soon as other significant companies kept up with the growing sneaker fad, its glowing light of fame gradually dimmed down.

Nike Blazer Low laces lateral view

From the hardcourts to the skate parks

Although some remained loyal to the model, the progressing number of sneaker designs overshadowed the Blazer, and its prominence would soon take a turn. Fortunately, one sport became the trigger for its comeback. And yes, it was skateboarding.

Nike Blazer Low lateral side

Rebellious thrashers who dominate the pavements and inclines connected with the Blazer. They can be seen rocking their boards with either high tops or low tops and sometimes mid-tops.

As more and more skaters sported the hip look, envious bystanders would soon buy a pair. Soon after, Nike would be producing two types of franchises for the Nike Blazer Low, including the Nike SB or Skateboarding type and the classic one.

Nike Blazer Low top view of insole

Nike BLZR Low and its almost identical models

  • The difference between an SB Blazer Low and its traditional counterpart is that the SB kind contains a Zoom Air insole for impact protection. At the same time, the classic one only has foam cushioning.
  • Another shoe that also mimics the facade of the Blazer Low is the Nike SB Bruin Low. The Blazer has a smooth toe with two flaps of uppers closing in on the tongue, while the Bruin has a continuous upper with a toe patch in front.

Nike Blazer Low side view of toe box

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Blazer
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA, Suede
Season: Spring, Summer

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