Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT is a durable shoe specially made for skateboarding.
  • It breaks in quickly, based on some shoe users’ reviews.
  • The enhanced rubber toecap prolongs the shoe’s life as it serves as a protection from the board’s grip tape.
  • The shoe is very flexible, according to some reviewers.
  • The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT is available in different colorways.
  • The vulcanized sole aids for a good board feel.
  • It is lightweight.
  • Some purchasers said the shoe is affordable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe’s vulcanized sole, which is designed for excellent board feel, compromises the overall support provided by the shoe.

Bottom line

Aside from its upgraded and more durable construction, the Nike SB Blazer Mid XT possesses a stylish yet classic aesthetic that could be worn for casual days. It provides excellent comfort for skaters and a street style look to casual wearers. Available at an affordable price, and in many ways than one, this shoe is worth the try.

Facts

Rankings

A top 4% best sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

  • First look | Tactics Boardshop

Become an expert

The timeless designed skate shoe is only available in men’s sizing. It is available from sizes 4 to 14. Nonetheless, the women can go 1.5 sizes down from the men’s sizing if they would like to purchase the shoe. The mid-top construction offers enhanced hold.

The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT retains its predecessor’s sporty silhouette but its upgraded toecap and upper lends a more stylish look to the classic pair. The shoe’s timeless design is easy to pair with casual clothes. It is sure to elevate your look whether you pair it with shorts, jeans, or joggers.

The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT comes in different colorways that utilize different materials depending on its color. The Black colorway’s upper is crafted from leather while the tonal black model while the rest are made of suede. It features a traditional lace-up closure while branding can be seen on the tongue and heel. The retro oversized Swoosh logo is placed on both sides of the shoe.

Both the contrast rubber toecap and thick sole add durability and style. The shoe’s tongue and collar are cushioned while a Zoom Air unit is in the heel for added comfort. It also features Nike’s classic Herringbone tread

First released as a basketball shoe, the Nike Blazer was the preferred sneaker for the sport and was first worn by George “The Iceman” Gervin. It featured a leather upper, mesh nylon tongue and vulcanized rubber sole. The shoe eventually crossed its way off the courts and became a favorite casual kick.

With the 80s boom of the skateboarding sport, Nike Blazer became a favorite within the scene for its steady grip and sturdy make. Inevitably the shoe transitioned into the world of skateboarding and is now marketed under Nike’s sub-brand the Nike SB. It has since been re-interpreted in numerous ways, from Nike SB Lows to Mids and Highs to different materials for its upper.

In 2017, Nike let pro skateboarder, Donovon Piscopo, modifies the Blazer according to his preference. The shoe’s collar was shortened for skate pleasure, while upper was upgraded to leather and added a rubber toecap for durability against grip tape.

  • The triple black colorway is a winter version of the shoe. It is made of leather with wool lining and also known as Nike SB Blazer Mid XT ‘Bota’.
  • The word XT means Extra Tough, which means that this shoe is tougher and more durable than the regular SB Blazer Mid model.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com