Nike SB Blazer Mid “Sashiko”
- by Chazz Demaria
- Release date: August 2020
Hit the streets in style as Nike SB is set to release the Blazer Mid “Sashiko”. This pair of skate shoes draw inspiration from classical Japanese art style while sticking to the timeless Nike SB Blazer silhouette.
The OG Mid Blazer: Sashiko’s predecessor
To Create the SB Blazer Mid, Nike SB took the DNA of the Blazer Mid to create a more stylish skate shoe without compromising its quality. First released in 1973 as one of Nike’s pioneer basketball shoes, the Blazer had always been a perfect choice for testing new designs. Multiple shoes were released by Nike SB, which came to life after following the design of these basketball shoes, which were endorsed by George Gervin. Its appeal among basketball fans and sneakers enthusiasts has lasted through almost five decades, various models, and different colorways. This is thanks to the signature canvas mid-cut, rubber autoclave sole that has excellent traction, and the oversized Swoosh marks on the sides.
For almost 50 years, the Blazer silhouette remains alive. The Blazer design has repeatedly been used as a prototype and was even reinvented for skateboarders.
Mid Blazer tossed in with Japan Edo-style art
Inspired by Japanese art, the Nike SB Blazer Mid “Sashiko” comes in a sesame color, accented by a navy blue paneling to complement the lighter tone.
Sashiko, which translates to “little stabs” or “little pierces,” is a decorative stitching art from Japan that dates back to the Edo period. The new Blazer Mid employs the sashiko art in its iconic oversized Swooshes, crafted with navy denim. The Swooshes have stitching zigzagging through the lateral and medial sides of the shoe.
As for the rest of the shoe, the forefoot overlays, and the heel panel are decorated with crosses embroidered on the surface, with the heel panel displaying an embroidered “Nike”. The upper half is made out of Sesame-hued canvas. The toe box of the Sashiko pack comes in suede.
Aside from the OG Mid Blazer, the Sashiko may have also drawn inspiration from the Travis Scott Dunks as it also sports the same color palette and primary canvas material.
The Blazer Mid Sashiko is set to be released to the public in August 2020.
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