Nike SB Blazer Mid Style
The minimalist style of the Nike SB Blazer Mid with only a large Swoosh on the sides as an accent is probably the reason why many skaters consider it either as a skate shoe or casual footwear. Add to it the sturdy built from the vulcanized construction that keeps it stable amid runs, tricks, and jumps at the park. What further attracts skaters and non-skaters alike into the overall design of the Blazer is the vast variety of materials used in the upper that is also offered in various colorways and combinations.
The Nike SB Blazer Mid is also the ideal retro sneaker of choice of people who want to grab a pair of casual kicks in a few minutes time and head out to explore the world from the crowded city streets to the nearby parks for a few jumps. Pair them with jeans, and they look functional and stylish. Match them with khakis or some walking shorts, and they still look good. There’s hardly any kind of casual wear that these mid-top shoes don’t match.
Nike SB Blazer Mid History
George “The Iceman” Gervin first donned the iconic hoops silhouette of the Nike Blazer when it was released in 1973. The iconic basketball sneaker with its signature large swoosh logo on the side panel was a hit among basketball players during the 1970s. However, the fame of the shoe did not stop there. In the 1980s, the minimalist design with its decent tread and sturdy vulcanized construction made it famous as footwear in the growing skateboarding culture. The sturdy sneaker with an excellent grip soon became a favorite among amateur and professional skaters.
The Blazer is now being sold under the skateboarding sub-brand Nike SB. Nike SB was first launched in 2002 with the Nike SB Dunk as its first models with incredible new features like Zoom Air insoles, thickly padded collars, and improved stitching that geared the brand’s shoes for skateboarding.
It was only in 2007, however, that the Blazer silhouette finally entered the Nike SB portfolio with the entry of pro skater Lance Mountain as an endorser of then the Nike Blazer SB. Soon several versions from the high-top, mid-top, and low-top were released. Among the versions of the shoe included the Nike SB Blazer Vintage, Nike SB Blazer High and Low Vintage, Nike SB Blazer Leather, Nike Blazer High Suede and the Nike SB Blazer Mid. The Blazer Mid has thick soles and a clean finish. Over the years, the Blazer Mid had several unique colorways. The latest ones include the University Blue with an English Rose patch at the back.
Another favorite colorway is the Tony Alva-inspired Iridescent Blazer Mid. The design sports a color-faded Canvas Swoosh in iridescent hues with the numbers 78 and 17 on the leather embossed heels of the shoe. Tony Alva of the famous Bones Brigade was an icon in the skateboarding scene in the late 1970s when he donned a pair of Blazers in the cult-classic movie Skateboard in 1978.
Aside from Lance Mountain and Tony Alva, other pro skaters that have collaborated or inspired the Blazer Mid silhouette is Donovan Piscopo who made modifications in the Blazers with a shortened collar and a leather upper with a thick rubber toecap for durability resulting in the release of the Nike SB Blazer Mid XT which stands for extra tough. Other collaborations for the Mids include those from famous streetwear labels Off White and Supreme.