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After a special collaborative Blazer High was revealed at the tail end of November, another piece of new Stussy x Nike SB USAfootwear has surfaced: a Blazer Low. The streamlined skate sneaker borrows the nappy suede that’s used on the high-top variant, but opts for a rich “Palm Green” upper instead of the light tan used on the high-top version. Special Stussy embellishments appear on the tongue tag, heel, and footbeds, while a large tan Swoosh on the upper offers a welcome touch of retro contrast. The shoe is then completed by a clean and simple white midsole. The legendary California brand has taken on the Blazer High several times before, but as this is their first collaborative Blazer Low over the course of their long-term partnership with the Swoosh Brand, desire is sure to be high among Stussy lovers and SB heads alike.
Born in Laguna Beach, CA way back in 1980, Stussy has since risen to the pinnacle of street culture brands. They’re not quite streetwear, not entirely surfwear, and 100% true to themselves, exactly why their “cool” factor is intact nearly 40 years after their inception. They’re no stranger to Nike SB Salecollaborations either, working with the Swoosh on everything from SBs to Air Max since the early ’00s. Now, they’re linking up with Nike SB again, this time for a special Nike SB Blazer. Premiered on Instagram by Tremaine Emory of No Vacancy Inn, the new Blazers feature a shaggy sandy suede upper with a large black Swoosh, black laces, and Stussy branding on both the tongue and heel. Emory’s pair offers a little extra as well. It’s a 1-of-48, with hand-painted, leopard-esque detailing done by a name that any SB lover is sure to be familiar with: Lance Mountain. The shoes also appeared with a hand-signed, individually numbered envelope.
Nike SB Cheap has been enjoying experimenting with bubblegum-pink soles on their classic models as of late, and the latest skate shoe to get in on the fun is the SB Blazer Low. The slimmed-down silhouette offers a compelling contrast of formal and fun via its colorway, with the upper dressed in a durable obsidian nubuck, while the midsole and outsole receive a whimsical bubblegum pink makeover. Further detailing is provided by an obsidian tumbled leather swoosh and heel piece — which offer a interesting tonal aesthetic, as the rest of the upper takes on a more faded shade of the color — and the shoe is then rounded off with simple blue laces.
Nike’s next duo of Nike SB USA Salesilhouettes pays homage to two things: the inherent relationship shared between basketball and skateboarding footwear, and two of the Swoosh Brand’s greatest signature athletes in history. Helping tell the tale of the on-court and off-court – centered around signature sneakers – rivalries between Penny Hardaway and Michael Jordan comes this “Rivals” pack that utilizes the SB Dunk High and the Air Force 2 dressed as two illustrious basketball iterations. Beaverton’s SB heads will get the choice between an Air Jordan 11 “Bred”-inspired Dunk High and a Royal Blue Foamposite-inspired AF2. Beyond their color schemes, both of these SB offerings boast embellishments from their inspiration, the likes of a Foamposite tongue on the Force, and a shimmering patent leather upper on the Dunk.
As the old saying goes, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” When Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patient Joey Bates was only 4 years old, his mom noticed he was always a few steps behind his friends on the playground. After a long series of tests, it was discovered that Joey had muscular dystrophy, a disease that makes the body weak. Lamentable news of this magnitude would be devastating to anyone — adult or child — but Joey has opted to focus on the good things in life, and his relentless positive spirit shines through on his new SB Dunk Low, a part of Nike SB Cheap USAupcoming 2018 Doernbecher collection.