March 4th, 2014 by Aaron Hope / 13
2005 was a year of transition for Nike Skateboarding. The SB Dunk line had by this point become a phenomenon, and would only continue to rise. Around this centerpiece, the rest of the lineup began changing, with established models put aside in favor of a set of new silos. The Angus, E-Cue and Delta Force (which had one single drop in ’06) were phased out, and in their place came the Zoom Tre AD, Paul Rodriguez’ first Swoosh signature shoe, more new styles from the Zoom FC and the addition of Beaverton’s first basketball shoe.
The overwhelming success of the Dunk suggested the Nike SB Blazer could have huge potential as it was a popular model to skate in back in the day. And indeed, judging by the fact that it’s been in continuous circulation for nearly nine years, the addition of another hoop shoe old school skaters had rocked out of necessity proved successful. Like the Dunk, the Blazer SB added Zoom Air cushioned insoles but kept the classic vulc sole, a combo concept targeting both comfort and boardfeel that informs many of today’s LunarLon designs. The SB Blazer sort of encapsulates the entire history of Nike, so its enduring popularity is only natural. Let’s examine some of its highlights over the past decade: