The Nike Blazer has been steadily rising for a few years now, and the sneaker doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. What started out as a groundbreaking basketball shoe back in the 1970s has morphed into a modern staple of stylish sneakerheads everywhere. It’s been the focal point of a few high-profile collaborations—most notably with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Japanese label Sacai—which have only added fuel to the fire. Now, Nike has remixed the classic Blazer in such a way that it’s flying off the shelves.
The main design tweak here is that the Blazer’s quintessential Swoosh has been supersized into a realm befitting the Off-White collaboration, which hasn’t gone unnoticed to eagle-eyed sneakerheads and fashion fanatics. There are also other subtle-yet-elevated additions, like extra-wide laces and thicker accent stitching. Nike is known to occasionally produce general-release kicks that nod to more limited-edition fare, and this seems to be one of those times. The white-and-black colorway has swiftly sold out on the Nike site within the past few days, but you can still pick it up with oversized Swooshes in shades of ice blue and floral motifs. And fear not: there is nearly a full-size run of the classic black Swoosh still available via Foot Locker if you’re looking to scoop up a pair.
Even if you set aside the resemblance to a covetable collab from a few years ago, these Nike Blazers are a worthy addition to any closet. The enduring appeal of the Blazer has to do with its modesty: It’s a throwback silhouette with design-forward details but isn’t overly flashy. (And in this case, the jumbo Swoosh adds just the right amount of flair.) Simply put, this Nike looks good with just about anything you’d pair it with—so if you’ve been waiting to add the Blazer to your sneaker rotation, this slightly freaked design—right before spring—is a perfect time to do so.