If there was ever a show with multiple personalities the Nike Blazer is one of the most fragmented. It started life as a premier basketball sneaker that had its day in the courts of the NBA, quickly turned into a favorite for those that like to skate, and currently lives its life as a favorite in the lifestyle sector. While we cold easily tell the Blazer to make up its mind, we don’t really mind seeing the shoe reinvented in a way a new generation can enjoy.
Nike SB Blazer “Kiss” uploaded by Mourad STREET RULES !!!
Back in 2009, the Blazer was already a staple in the lifestyle area and Nike was giving it plenty of shine in several different colorways. One colorway that really stood out to sneakerholics was the Nike SB Blazer “Kiss”. Now before you start sticking out your tongue and singing the lyrics to Detroit Rock City, we are not talking about that type of KISS. The upper of the shoe features a mostly yellow forefoot and quarter panel, with black over the tongue, toe, liner, and branding. Nike also ramped up the material choices and included a mix of suede and canvas to give the model a better feel.
Initial reception of the Nike Blazer “Kiss” was mixed. Many felt the shoe too closely resembled the Married to the Mob x Colette x Reebok Freestyle collaboration from 2008, while others felt that is was more of a women’s shoe than a men’s shoe, even though they were made in men’s sizes. A detail often missed on the Blazers was the wood grain tongue on the inside. As this was a Nike SB version of the Blazer, the wood grain liner was likely inspired by a skateboard. Finally, the sneakers also featured a padded tongue, something we miss on the lifestyle versions that have been released lately. So what are your thoughts on the Nike SB Blazer “Kisses”? Would you like to see another QuickStrike release of the shoe?