Versus Is The Sacai Nike Blazer Atrocious Or Avant Garde
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VERSUS: Is the sacai x Nike Blazer Atrocious or Avant-Garde?

Date: March 10 2019

By: Gabe Filippa


The sacai x Nike Blazer has been causing double-takes ever since its debut during Paris Fashion Week SS19. Doubling down on every aspect of the Blazer, Chitose Abe radically remixed Nike's beloved George 'The Iceman' Gervin design from '73.

But is it double the fun?

Is the sacai x Nike Blazer one of the most impressive collaborations of 2019? Or is it the kind of atrocious vision caused by too many late nights in the city of love?

As always, make your vote count below.

Gabe Font

What is this? The sacai x Nike 'I'm Blazed'? Seriously, this sneaker should come with a trigger warning stamped on the label. I need a handful of pharmaceuticals just to stabilise this thing ...


Uh, I'm not surprised you don't understand it. Have you ever heard of Chitose Abe? One of the matriarchs of Paris Fashion Week? A pioneer of 21st century fashion and femininity? Abe is the definition of complexity and multi-dimensional aesthetic. She's linked up with everyone from Nike to AMBUSH. You don't get it? Good. Stay on the hype train. It's not for you...

Gabe Font

What's avant-garde about the Blazers? Ordering two of everything? Half the thicc kids visiting Colonel Sanders could call themselves 'visionaries' by the same logic.


Avant-garde means experimental, something only intellectuals understand. The sacai x Nike Blazers are exciting; WTF are you looking for? More of Virgil's 'Ten'? Chitose Abe is one of the only sneaker designers out there that can seamlessly integrate the runway with the street. The amalgamation of two forms is her signature aesthetic. You should probably consider dissolving into another life form if you don't appreciate Abe...

Gabe Font

Thank God we've finally buried 'The Ten', but is this our replacement in 2019? I'm so over the Swoosh-manipulation. Slam Jam flipped it, Travis Scott reversed it, sacai duplicated it. Is the only way to make an 'avant-garde' design to cash in on the boundless cultural and economic potential of Nike's logo? Just (stop) Do (ing) It!


Dude. You can't compare the sacai Blazers to Off-White and Travis Scott. This is art. Chitose Abe isn't cashing in! She's Comme des Garçons alumni. An OG. She founded her own damn company when Cactus Jack and Virgil were just a twinkle in their fathers' eyes...

Gabe Font

This Blazer looks like the result of some seriously heavy inbreeding. Honestly, you need half a brain to step up in these; why does every 'art' sneaker need to involve something from Nike's arsenal from five decades ago?


So are you telling me that you don't mess with the classics? Do you only wear the new stuff Nike put out?

Gabe Font

All I'm saying is ... why is it only ever Nike 'retros' or 'throwbacks' from the 80s and 90s? 


I've seen you rocking those M2Ks and Reacts, AND I've also seen you rocking Air Max 90s. Wasn't it you who wanted those AJ1s last week? Why are you complaining now? You and I both know how damn well the Swoosh mix it up. 

Gabe Font

Why do we need two tongues? A fit for the lonely? Two sets of laces for the crimes we commit? Two Swooshes for the kind of affirmations your mother never dished out? I've got more than two places to be right now, and neither of them are here... 


Double the tongues, double the fun, old man. You wouldn't know a good design if it smacked you over the goddamn head. Peace.

The Aftermath

Voting is now over! As we always do in VERSUS, we put the vote in your hands to determine a winner!

The result? A landslide. 

78% of you feel that the sacai x Nike Blazer is avant-garde! That leaves 22% casting 'atrocious' votes. 

Keen for more VERSUS? Check out how you felt about the 90s skate revival

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