Want a sneaker that works as hard as it plays? Then check out the gorgeous Nike Blazer Studio Low.
The shoe is part of the company’s 5 Decades of Basketball Collection, released just in time for the NBA All-Star Game last February. The capsule includes other legendary models traditionally made for the hardwood that have transitioned seamlessly to the streets, such as the Air Foamposite, Air Force 1 and the Air Zoom LeBron Generation.
All four examples have white soles with an upper constructed out of vachetta leather, which is untreated, free of dyes and feels premium to the touch. Rose gold hardware has been applied — in the case of the Blazers, it can be found on the aglets at the ends of the leather laces.
Nike has applied what might be the subtlest branding I’ve ever seen on one of its products. The Swoosh takes the shape of a faint outline on the sides and the tongue, and there is a contrast patch with NIKE spelled out stitched onto the heel.
I wore these shoes to a conference and the tan colourway complemented my business casual outfits without a hitch, and were more comfortable than a standard leather loafer would have been. As a bonus, they wouldn’t look too out of place for an early morning workout either, eliminating the need to pack an extra pair of runners.
To celebrate the Blazer’s 35 years of existence, it also comes with a retro cool cardboard hangtag featuring the vintage Nike script logo on one side, and a brief written history on the other.
The shoes originally retailed for $120 USD, and the style code is 920366-200. At the time of writing, a pair in size 9 (same as pictured) can be found on GOAT for $100.