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10 reasons to buy

  • A handful of skateboarders were extremely proud that the Nike SB Blazer Vapor is their best buy of the year.
  • Some reviewers were appreciative of the adequate cushioning, which only makes board feel superb.
  • According to a few buyers, the shoe has a quite plush interior that allows for all-day wear in comfort.
  • There are those who said that they wear the shoe for long hours of work because of the luxurious interior.
  • The SB Blazer Vapor is quite light with just enough cushioning.
  • The thin midsole, which is designed to enhance precise board control, is mitigated by the presence of the Nike Zoom Air sockliner in the heel.
  • The suede detail in the upper brings versatility for casual wear, based on the remarks of some users.
  • Nike uses an internal gusset in this shoe for improved locked-down
  • The shoe is available in multiple colorways.
  • At $85, this is one of the best value for money sneakers around.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The suede upper often gets ripped when doing flips, according to a few skaters.
  • A handful of skaters opined that the rubber outsole would not withstand wear and tear as easily as a vulcanized outsole.

Bottom line

Nike’s SB Line gets another boost with the unveiling of the SB Blazer Vapor. The shoe ups the ante of fashion in skateboarding shoes by virtue of a really sleek suede and leather upper combination. By providing a simple, yet trendy looking silhouette, it is more likely that both fashion and skateboarding crowd will be drawn to this shoe.

The lightweight construction, improved board feel, and the plush interior for a very reasonable price tag should make this shoe a very solid option for everyday casual wear with street cred needed by Thrashers.

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Good to know

Like sneakers with low-top construction, the SB Blazer Vapor offers good mobility around the ankle. There is also decent space in the interior to accommodate those with medium to slightly wide feet. It is available in men’s sizes only. The sizes range from 4 to 15.

The Nike SB Blazer Vapor can be rightfully called a cross between a versatile lifestyle wear and a skate shoe. It delivers a relaxed, yet stylish appeal that is huge for sneaker fans. The two-tone design allows it to be used for basically anything, from rugged night outs to semi-casual wear.

Nike gives a new twist to the SB Blazer line by coming up with a very light model in the Blazer Vapor. The lightweight design is made possible by the combination of standard EVA and a rubber outsole. Fans of the Blazer like who have gotten used to the chunky models before will be in for a surprise.

The year was 1972 when the Nike Blazer came into the basketball scene. Like most basketball shoes of yesteryears, it had a simple, no-fuss design and existed only to, well, ball. Its simplicity was a sharp contrast to the man who placed the shoe on the basketball map. George Gervin, also known as the Iceman, was a smooth and savvy operator on the floor. His prowess and achievements on the basketball court helped the Blazer jumped from hoops to the streets.

In the mid 200’s, Nike came up with an idea to put up a skateboarding sub-brand, which came to be called as the Nike SB. The new division decided to cater to the skateboarding crowd by going back to its roots. As a nod to one of the shoes that pushed Nike into the consciousness of people, the SB sub-brand decided to revise the Blazer for the skateboarding community.

Within months after the first Nike SB Blazer was released, it already gained a solid following from skateboarders. Because of its glorious history, the shoe also took off because of the crowd who were so happy to see the Blazer back on the street.

The popularity and demand over the SB Blazer have brought up various iterations over the years. In 2017, the low-top Nike SB Blazer Vapor took to the streets. It is a shoe that is designed to handle the requirements of skateboarders while looking good while riding their boards.

Soon enough, sneaker fans who are looking for a fresh retake of the Blazer can now get their hands on this model. A shoe with a very reasonable price tag without scrimping on comfort and looks.

  • The main model, which is called the Nike SB Blazer Low, has more leather in the upper compared to the SB Blazer Vapor.
  • There are very prominent Swoosh logos on both sides of the shoe.
  • A huge Nike callout in the heel adds glamour to a very simple sneaker.
  • The standard EVA foam in the midsole is one reason for the shoe’s lightweight construction.
  • The mesh tongue offers breathability.
  • Some releases of the Vapor model have perforated suede in the rear section while the new releases are mostly straight up suede from the forefoot to the heel.


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