Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Nike SB Blazer Low History
Started with selling shoes from a car trunk, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman paved their way into billionaire status with their creation of Nike. From these roots, the now vintage shoes namely the Nike Bruin and the Nike Blazer were one of the first silhouettes of the shoes to be released intended for sports.
The Nike Blazer, inspired by Portland’s NBA team the Trail Blazers, first debuted in 1972 as a basketball shoe. It was first flaunted by NBA icon George “The Iceman” Gervin and was also seen at the feet of the Portland Trail Blazers team players during their championship game in 1977. This franchise was succeeded by a sneaker industry that was booming.
Several technological feats were included in a basketball shoe for agility and more comfort, which stowed away the demand for the Blazer to be a basketball shoe.
Fortunately for the Nike Blazer, several skateboard artists greatly appreciated its functional design as a skateboard shoe and introduced it to their industry. The Nike spokesperson named Lance Mountain grew up with the shoe as he skated through his teens and noticed the shoe’s design is adequate for skateboarding. In the mid-2000s, he decided to introduce the shoe in the Nike Skateboarding shoe line. From there on, reconstructions of the shoe from a high-top to a low-top cut were released. A lot of remodels and collaborations came about for over four decades, and still, the shoe maintained its historical symbol.
Nike SB Blazer Low Style
Equipped with a front lace fastening system positioned in the vamp of the suede and leather upper, the Nike SB Blazer emphasizes durability alongside with its low profile outlook. The shoe with its flat heeled rubber insole can be sported in numerous ways from casual clothes of jeans and shirts to slacks and long sleeves for party events with an even more formal theme.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike SB Blazer Low was produced for general release in men’s sizes ranging from 4-15 in D Medium width. Its low-top design offers a good combination of ankle mobility and support, particularly for skateboarders.
The sneaker’s upper is encapsulated in a combination of suede and leather for durability and supreme comfort. Its low top profile is supported by a lace-up system of fastening for a more snug fit and a white textured midsole for added durability. The outsole is comprised of a rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern for a good grip and excellent traction.
A thin zoom air insole is located inside the shoe for added cushioning and boardfeel. And lastly, of course, it flaunts the Nike Swoosh logo on its lateral side panels with and Nike stitching on the heel tab.
- Several versions of the shoe were released including collaborations with skateboard pro-Grant Taylor and New York brand Supreme.
- The shoe can be found in a wide variety of colorways.
- A rubber toe tip is also located at the front of the shoe for additional durability when skating.