Nike Air Blazer Low Suede Review

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Here’s an interesting fact about the Blazer line. Nike introduced the first Blazer back in 1972. Just two years after the creation of one of the greatest sports teams in American history – The Trail Blazers. Originally hailing from Portland, the Blazers are the true pride and joy of the city of Portland. The Blazers as they’re most commonly known- eventually became an inspiration to one of the greatest lines in Nike’s history – The Nike’s Blazers.

But unlike most of the other introduced lines, the Blazes continue to stand strong in Nike’s vault. The line’s reign has been growing steadily in the past years. They’re now considered a true classic and Nike keep re-inventing and improving them. Each new edition brings back a memory of the past, while it brings something new from the present. Such is the case with the Low Suede pair.

An improved version of a staple item, the Low Suede version is a sight to behold. Beautiful and elegant with a retro-infused design. But is the Low Suede a must have? Well, that’s for you to decide.

Let’s look at the pros and the cons of the pair in this review. Scroll down for more.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Suede upper

Comfortable

A collar with a low-cut design

Rubber outsole

Sock liner made from foam

Cons

No vegan version

Outsole

Outsole

Rubber seems to be the best choice when it comes to the lifestyle type of sneakers. And for good reason. It’s easily molded, it very flexible and highly durable. But over here in this particular model, what enhances the durability and allows the traction is the design of the outsole. More to the point, the design of the bottom part of the outsole. And admittedly it’s an interesting one. Designed with the distinct herringbone pattern, the outsole allows the traction to occur more steadily and frequently. How you might ask?

Well, the herringbone pattern is located on the entire outsole surface, instead of on just select area. And by having the indentations of the entire surface, you get exponentially more traction. And about that durability. By having the herringbone pattern on the entire surface, the entire surface gets an equal amount of durability protection. When the entire outsole has the same height, density, and design, it will have the same amount of durability against the traction. Hence the Low Suedes will spend more time on your feet and less time at the cobbler. Or online in order to replace the old pair for that matter. But, that’s more about the practical side of the outsole. The stylish sides have a special autoclave design, which blends the outsole and midsole and gives it a nice streamlined look.
Midsole

Midsole

If you thought that the midsole lacks any cushioning, well think again. The sock liner has the most cushioning in the midsole, and it gives the comfort, the boost, and the stability as well. But let’s start with comfort. First and foremost, the sock liner is made out of very light and supportive foam. It feels light on the touch, but it really packs u punch when it comes to the boost, the comfort, and the overall stability.

That’s because the foam is not distributed to one area specifically. No. The foam is distributed all around the sock liner and an equal amount, keeping the comfort and the boost to a satisfactory level each time. But, other than the cushioned sock liner (who’s not removable), the insole lack any other types of support. No other part in the midsole has any other cushioning, or any of technology that could enhance the supportive boost. If you do quick research in the Blazer series, you’ll notice that plenty of other models in this series have other forms of cushioning. For instance, the SB model in the Blazers series has Zoom Air cushioning located specifically in the heel area. But not the low suede. The pair that’s the subject of this review has solely the cushioning that comes from the foam sock liner. It’s a bit underwhelming, but hey. At least the cushioning is present in some form.
Upper

Upper

Much like the name suggests, the upper is designed with a low-cut style of collar and made entirely out of suede. That’s right suede leather rocks the upper’s entire structure and the lining inside. Isn’t it glorious? It gives comfort, security, stability, and perfect fit, but let’s not forget that I look amazing. A big swoosh is present on the sides of the upper (also made out of leather), but depending on the model you’ll choose it will either come with the same color as the rest of the upper, or it will different and stand out. It all depends on your preference. Oh, and speaking of the low-cut it not only looks amazing, it feels amazing. Because of the sturdy and complex nature of the upper, the low-cut style of opening doesn’t subtract from the comfort and most importantly from the stability. Your foot will remain stable even if the opening doesn’t go above the ankle.

If you look a bit closer at the details on the surface of the upper, you’ll notice the tiny yet strong stitching that’s done on the entire upper. Every single stitch on the upper is done with the exact measurements and dimensions, and not only looks amazing, but it also does a great job at holding everything in place. It keeps all the elements of the upper secured and it makes the upper look gorgeous.

Seriously in the area where the upper has a different and much darker color (like brown or red), the stitching is done with that exact color. And in the area where the upper has a white color (most notably the area in which the big expressive swoosh is located) the stitching is done with white thread. Awesome right?
Oh, and last but not least. Can’t forget about the lacing system. It’s your typical lacing system in the Low Suede pair. Each side of the upper has 8 distinct eyelets, which are done with the very modern blind eyelets style. What does it mean? Well, each eyelet doesn’t have the plastic/metal ring attached, and the lace runs through it.
Comfort

Comfort

What do you think provides comfort in one shoe? Well, different sources (and materials) add different levels of comfort but, but in a lifestyle type of a shoe, the midsole is a very important source of comfort. It’s cushioned with the right amount of foam and it sits nicely in the middle to give you the best boost possible. Sure the use of leather in the upper helps, but the fact that the insole has sufficient padding really puts the comfort levels up high. Granted, the insole is not removable, but it’s lightly cushioned with foam. It adds a nice boost to the foot, and gives you a more relaxed, rested feeling during the day. It’s a type of shoe that you’d want to have in your shoe closet because of that.
Support

Support

And when you have support coming from various places, that you just know that those are shoes worth keeping. That’s the case with the Low Suede pair by Nike. It’s nice when several areas provide support and do it without even noticing. The rubber outsole with the distinct herringbone pattern will provide you with much of the support and so will the well-designed leather upper. But what’s in the middle is also important. There’s a slight cushioning coming from the midsole, but it’s more than enough to give you the support and comfort that you need without feeling burdened by the thick, hefty materials. Sure, the leather used in the upper is quite sturdy, but the lightweight feeling of the insole and the flexible light rubber compensate greatly in the support portion. You’ll be quite impressed by the support.
Durability

Durability

Think of the durability that you’ll get with this particular pair. It’s made with suede leather on top, high-quality rubber on the bottom and padded foam in the center. All good qualities to look for when you’re aiming for durability and longevity. But how it was made is just as important. Yes, the quality of the materials is essential but the fine craftsmanship is important as well. And you’ll find traces of it, even in the tiniest details. Like the fine stitching that’s done in the upper, like the autoclave design that joins the outsole and the midsole. Oh and let’s not forget the herringbone pattern in the outsole. Besides the fact that it adds volumes to the traction properties, it enhances the durability as well.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Several of the customers that left customer reviews on Nike’s official website mentioned that the suede’s rigid nature made things difficult for them to break the shoes, and to achieve the desired elasticity. The flexibility in the upper was apparently achieved after a prolonged time wearing the model, but none of them had any complaints about the flexibility of the rubber upper. In fact, several of them praised the rubber’s high levels of flexibility and added that it’s one of the high points in the overall grading.
Stability

Stability

The sturdy, thick and rigid leather used in the upper is the only one that’s looking after the stability in this particular example. The low-cut style of sneaker presented here in the low suede model presents a challenge in delivering stability. Yes, it’s perfectly normal the low cut style of opening to have less stability than the high-cut one, but in that particular area, the lacing system helps as well. However, the outsole balances things out and gives back much of the stability that’s needed here.
Airflow

Airflow

If the stability posed a challenge, there’ no need for concern when it comes to the airflow. The entire upper is made out of suede leather, and there are two perforations of the lower part of the upper. The two holes create a nice balance of airflow and allow the air to circulate in order to leave your feet odor free. It’s a brilliant addition to the upper.
Fit

Fit

Do not confuse the sturdy nature of the leather with the lack of proper fit. The design of the sneaker creates plenty of room for the entire foot to fit nicely, without any cramping, and that goes about the customers with wider feet. Plenty of the customers have praised the design in the front areas, as it’s welcoming to accommodate even the much wider feet nicely. Yes, the upper requited time to be broken in, but the fit was not an issue according to the customer review.
Style

Style

Since it’s a retro-inspired model, there’s an obvious not to the past. The Low Suede’s homage to the 70’s classic is evident in the clean lines, the fantastic vintage design, and in the dimensions as well. The look, the height and the width of the sneaker are almost identical to the more famous predecessor. You can basically think of the latest Nike design as the much younger, hotter and sophisticated cousin of the 1972 Blazer staple. It’s improved, modernized and brought back to the 21st century with better lines, better design and much more interesting (and versatile) color options.
Bottom line

Bottom line

Low Suede Blazer by Nike is a fantastic option for your everyday needs. Made with fantastic materials, the quality is not just evident in the choice of materials, but in the design and the craftsmanship. Designed to be an homage to the great 1972 classic, this is the case when ingenuity meets quality. Add to that the finishing touches like the enhanced and enlarged swoosh on the side of the upper, the blind eyelets and the plenty more color options, it goes without saying that you can come back, bring something form the past and make it more fun. It would have been nice if the cushioning was much more enhanced, instead of just being restricted to the insole. But, hey. It’s a lifestyle type of a sneaker after all.