Introducing: The Nike SB Verona Slip On
Featuring the brand’s advanced Zoom Air unit and a continued reminder of easy going aesthetics, the Nike SB Verona Slip On is a profile that transfers from the archival backburner into the limelight ahead of the summer months. Bringing back a simple silhouette and a collected sense of casual character, the no-fuss Verona is an undoubted embodiment of Nike SB’s free and easy mindset and the brand’s passion for simplified yet effective design.
A staple of both yesteryear and contemporary West Coast surf culture as well as being a requisite of on-deck maritime duties, the classic slip on is a style that’s been around almost as long as skateboardings pioneering lineage itself. With profiles such as the iconic canvas Converse Deck Star and Vans’ infamous #98 Slip On coming into their own during the mid ‘60s to late ‘70s, thanks to the surf to skate transferrences initiated by the likes of the Zephyr ‘Z-Boy’ skate team well as Sean Penn’s notorious feature in Amy Heckerling’s ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ from 1982, the humble attraction of the casual, and easy to customise, slip on has witnessed many an advancement since its debut. With streetwears brand such as Stepney Workers Club jumping on the trend with their utilitarian interpreted Lister Canvas Shoe, the profile witnesses its continued initiation into relaxed everyday styling, whilst repeated signature releases from Nike SB team rider Stefan Janoski across silhouettes such as the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Slip On and revolutionised Nike SB Stefan Janoski Slip Mid RM are mirrored by a constant upkeep of the laceless sneaker through similar skate-centric designs such as the adidas Sabalo Slip On and adidas Matchcourt Slip On ADV.
Besides team rider Stefan Janoski’s 12 year influence on the Nike SB slip-on, the Nike SB Verona is not the only laceless iteration to be produced under the Blue Ribbon Sports umbrella. Styles such as the Solarsoft cushioned Nike Grillroom were designed with golfing sports at the centre of their visionary direction, with the Nike Classic Ease an ‘80s racketsport icon remodelled in line with contemporary sporting desire. Styled with similarity to the modest, loafer-like Nike Toki, the Nike SB Verona Slip On is a welcome addition to the brand’s latest seasonal release thanks to its summer-ready suitability and its updated availability in two new colourways; light dew and summit white. Both crafted with reinforced uppers styled from a blend of brushed suede and premium canvas, this slip-on staple features a remastered outsole and advanced vulcanised construction across the midsole for increased flexibility and abrasion resistance. A gum rubber outsole complements the summit white pair with colour matched auxetic toe bumper trims, whilst the pastel toned light dew variant is styled with a classic crisp white outsole for added creative colour. Both feature a grippy underfoot tread for suitability regardless of terrain, whilst the thickened cushioning around the collar provides the ankle with improved support to suit high impact landings and the demands of everyday wear. Elasticated sides to the ‘Nike SB’ flag labelled tongue are in keeping with the slip on designed by team rider Stefan Janoski to help keep the profile true to its casual and quick-to-fit MO, whilst the Zoom Air custom insoles help commemorate the design’s performative uplift within its concealed sockliner.
An all season design that finds itself commonplace in surf, skate and street culture, the Nike SB Verona Slip On strikes the perfect balance between practicality and unpretentious purpose. A laid back and lightweight option that doesn’t scrimp on innovative advancement, this archival revived silhouette offers a little something for everyone whether it's down at the beach, whilst skating at the park or for wear during your daily A to B commute.
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