Virgil Abloh recently described his Off-White x Nike colabs as '[a] by-product of trying to define a larger idea of why shoes are technically meaningful, emotional & relevant' in an Instagram post, and this free-thinking ethos has led to some truly wild designs in the past months – one of which is the Off-White x Nike Blazer Low. With new on-foot images of this low-cut Blazer's black colourway appearing recently, we've been given our best chance yet to try and unpack its myriad of bold details and unique flourishes.
There's not a whole lot of classic Blazer ethos to be had here. The Off-White x Nike Blazer Low is a top-to-bottom revamp of the classic basketball model that was introduced all the way back in 1973. Its trim upper is dotted with quarter-sized Swiss cheese holes – pre-cut, unlike the ones on the Off-White x Air Jordan 5 – and its standard lacing system is overlaid with a bright neon green 'anchor' system, a la the Off-White x Nike Dunk Low. Midsoles jut out well beyond the upper's rear, and add pops of green and blue detail that appear to be inspired by Nike ACG's Air Terra Humara plus a splash of speckles.
Of course, there's Helvetica text on the medial midfoot and shoelaces, plus cut foam tongues, all Abloh signatures. All in all, the Off-White x Nike Blazer Low looks like an experiment, a hodgepodge of styles and details that looks like a real-life collage in footwear form.
A release date for this striking Blazer has yet to be announced, but early reports state that it'll hit shelves sometime in 2022. Stay tuned for more info as it's made available!