Nike has a long checkered history when it comes to athletic shoes. This is especially true with basketball. Nike has long been involved with basketball shoes. In fact, they have been involved with it almost soon after the company was created. One of the first evidences of Nike's dabbling into the basketball shoe industry is the Blazer. Iconic then, and still iconic now, it has just about everything that anyone looking for an athletic shoe has: style, performance (at least during its time), and durability.
Since being first produced in 1973, the Nike Blazer has adorned the feet of a lot of basketball players, professional or otherwise. Available in both high top and low top trims, it provides enough performance advantages that it's been the weapon of choice of 1970s ballers. The most notable user of the Blazer is NBA legend George Gervin, one of the best athletes during that time and one of the first representatives of Nike in the NBA. But as basketball shoes continue to progress, little by little the Blazer was phased out. But while this shoe is now not considered to be a hardcore basketball shoe anymore, a Nike Blazer in 2012 still remains very much relevant.
So what is the secret behind the lasting success of the Blazer? Other than holding a significant place in the basketball history of Nike, its clean, near flawless silhouette is a perfect fit for just about every style-conscious person. Regardless if you are wearing it with jeans or track pants, there's a good chance that it can fit into your outfit. Also, its clean styling makes it a great canvas for placing just about any color combination imaginable. Such styling versatility has caught the eye of even skateboarders. Recognizing that the skateboarding community loves the Blazer, Nike has released a modified version of the Blazer. Known as the Blazer SB, it features a sole with extra padding, making it more suitable for skateboarding.
As they say, true legends never die. This statement rings true with the Blazer, one of the first, and undoubtedly one of the best, basketball shoes Nike has ever produced. It cannot last for nearly four decades if it is not good enough. By standing the test of time, it has proven that it has what it takes to be named among the best sneakers around. To better understand the legend, we recommend that you wear a pair of the Blazer.