Bringing together the best of Nike’s 36-year sports heritage with the latest and most advanced design innovations available, Nike Sportswear continues its icons for women. First released in 2008, the Nike Dunk Liberty was an immediate hit. Nike’s Design team is continuously given the mission to remix Nike’s icons with the best materials. This season Nike continues its partnership with Liberty remixing one of women’s most revered icons - the Blazer. Giving our Freakette's more options than an all you can buffet, the Liberty Blazer will no doubt be a hit this season with the floral print madness of the early '90s making a massive comeback in fashion circles this summer. The Liberty versions of the Nike Blazer will be available at the Nike Sportswear store at 21 Mercer Street, New York City and select Nike Sportswear retailers, including Provider in Melbourne. Visit www.nikesportswear.com for locations.
The first Nike Blazer was a pioneering shoe. Released in 1973, it took its name from the Portland Trail Blazers; as Nike’s first hoop shoe, it proved worthy of its name. A welcomed departure from its more clunky counterparts of the time, the Nike Blazer offered several features designed to improve performance basketball footwear for the game: fine grain leather, outsoles that offered greater traction, extra support, less weight. It wasn’t long before the simple white hi-tops with the elongated Swoosh design became de rigeur on and off the court, leading the way for Nike’s dominance as a basketball/lifestyle brand.
Two icons remixed with Liberty fabric:
Liberty fabrics are characterized by tender palettes, all over floral prints, and detailed movement, which is the perfect juxtaposition with the clean design lines of the Blazer and the Nike Dunk. This season the Nike Design team used Liberty’s Phoebe, Nina, Venus Leaf and Strawberry Thief Liberty fabrics. While the Blazer’s two styles are each solidly draped in either the Nina or Phoebe patterns, the two new versions of the Nike Dunk Hi use three of Liberty’s signature materials – Nina, Venus Leaf and Strawberry Thief – patched together on the shoe like a quilt, intricately placing the materials side by side.