Nike Blazer Low Leather: Old school look with a modern comfort

Adding another iteration to its Blazer collection, Nike introduces the plushier Nike Blazer Low Leather. It displays the classic basketball-inspired features crafted with modern materials. The upper is covered with smooth leather contrasted with a palpable Nike Swoosh emblem. Found under is a lightweight and flexible EVA midsole fused with a durable rubber outsole. 

Nike Blazer Low Leather vs Adidas Stan Smith

Minimalist sneaker fans would usually end up buying the Adidas Stan Smith as their go-to sneaker. Little did they know that the Adidas Blazer Low Leather is a perfect alternative to the famous Adidas silhouette. We have listed a few of their similarities and differences, which we thought might help you decide which pair to pick.

Similarities

  • Materials. Both sneakers are made of a leather upper on top of a full-length EVA midsole and grippy rubber outsole. 
  • Cut. These kicks have a low profile to allow natural fit and comfort around the ankle area.
  • Price. Nike and Adidas sell these sneakers around the inexpensive range.
  • Availability. These casual sneakers are almost always readily available in the stores.
  • Style. Both sneakers have a multipurpose style to fit virtually any occasion. 

Differences:

  • Inspiration. The Nike Blazer Low Leather is inspired by the classic basketball footwear, while tennis kicks stirred the Adidas Stan Smith.
  • Outsole. The outsole of the Adidas Stan Smith is made of a more flexible and durable rubber cupsole, while the Blazer Low L has the conventional rubber outsole that is fused with the midsole to create a streamlined look.
  • Overlay. Keeping its minimalist style, the Adidas Stan Smith ditched any overlay. However, the Blazer Low Leather used suede overlays on the heel, eyestay, and sneaker's lateral side.
  • Insole. The Stan Smith has an Ortholite sockliner and leather inner lining. Meanwhile, the Nike Blazer Low Leather's internal lining and footbed are both covered with mesh.
  • Perforation. Adidas Stan Smith's perforations are found on the side arranged in the iconic 3-stripe manner. On the other hand, the Nike Blazer Low Leather has two holes located under the Swoosh branding. 

Our final thoughts:

Picking between these two sneakers is not an easy task. They share a remarkable amount of details regarding comfort, style, durability, and price range. But if you prefer a little less popular sneaker than the usual, pick the Nike Blazer Low Leather.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Blazer Low
Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Blazer
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.