Introducing: The Nike SB BLZR Court
An all-new skate silhouette inspired by the legacy of the OG Nike Blazer and old school court shoes, the debuting trio of Nike SB BLZR Courts pair skate-centric innovation with the iconic Blue Ribbon Sportswear brand’s passion for performance. Streamlined and subtle in its appeal, the new-for-2021 Nike SB BLZR Court hosts a minimal look influenced by both basketball and racket-ball heritage, whilst its nostalgic sense of character strikes right at the core of evolutionary skate culture.
A distinctive design that owes a lot of its likeness to infamous predecessors such as the ‘73 Nike Blazer and its inaugural Grant Taylor re-imagining from 2014, the Nike SB BLZR Court is both revolutionary yet archaic in its composure. With an aesthetic that casts the mind back to Nike’s tennis-court reign from before McEnroe’s notorious Air Trainer 1 inception, the Nike SB BLZR Court offers something nostalgic for those in favour of its Nike Blazer lineage. Re-imagined for concrete from its OG hardwood floor loyalty, the Nike Blazer has swiftly become a sought-after resident of the evolutionary skate scene. A worthy recipient of long-time skate legend Lance Mountain’s ‘05 Air Zoom restructure and his follow-up ‘obscenely-luxe' collaboration with Supreme, the Nike SB Blazer continues to pathe the way when it comes to flexible boardfeel, rough-and-ready traction and an unquestionable ability to pair style with skate-centric function.
Witnessing an unformidable resurgence in popularity over the past decade, so much so that it lands itself on par to the reign of the Nike SB Dunk, both the Blazer Low and Blazer Mid have continued to entice ever since they entered the skate scene back in the mid ‘90s. Maintaining basketball-borrowed elements such as a crisp-white rubber outsole, auxetic bumper overlays and a grippy herringbone underfoot tread, the trio of debuting colourways for the Nike SB BLZR Court tap into throwback collegiate NBA team vibes. Unlike the Nike SB Blazer, the BLZR Court’s uppers have been redefined in 100% premium-grade cotton canvas for a breathable and more stress-resistant wear that shadows the silhouette of its Nike All Court comparative. Leather side-wall Swooshes, contrasting in tone across each unique colourway, craft an added layer of textural depth, whilst the rubberised overlays likened to those on the ‘81 Nike All Court sneakers have now been actively redesigned to curate block-tone and skate-specific ollie-patches to suit skate’s abrasive nature. Cracked leather heel collars in respective shades of black, white and gym-red are sealed with the brand’s OG embroidered ‘Nike’ branding, whilst the all-new ‘Nike SB BLZR Court’ tabbed tongues celebrate yet another forward-looking consignment for the Oregon-based brand.
Marking a fruitful start to the New Year and following in pursuit of recent releases such as Grant Taylor’s latest Nike SB Blazer Low Pro GT, the ‘Hack Pack’ deconstructed Nike SB Blazer Mid Edge and the similarly archival-revived Nike SB Heritage Vulc, the Nike SB BLZR Court is an inventive profile that tells its own story of sports-led function. Honouring Nike’s supply-and-demand ethos and ceaseless sense of creativity, this lightweight, canvas-crafted skate shoe is one that hosts a formidable mark-up that possesses free reign across both the tennis and basketball courts as well as its recast suitability to skate’s concrete-clad terrains.
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