The Nike Blazer first started as a performance basketball shoe when it debuted in 1973. Thereafter it turned into a lifestyle staple to the point that some of the most sought after collabs have used this silhouette as its canvas. Whether Stussy, Supreme or even OFF-WHITE, the Blazer has become a hit.
While there’s no denying the role that the Blazer has played in both streetwear and the evolution of basketball, it’s bouncing to another category.
Customizer Ben Smith Studios cooked up a one-of-a-kind Blazer for American country singer Ryan Hurd after his stylist Krista Roser reached out for a custom pair of kicks for CMA Fest.
The concept was a combination of Native and Western culture. The pair was first covered with layers of a crackle paint and then a traditional Native American pattern was hand-painted on the sides of the shoe.
The pair was finished off with multiple washes of clay, coffee and ash to give the shoe an aged and vintage look beneath the crackled point. The shoe also features buckskin covered mallard, goose feathers and deer hair accents. The ends were then attached to the top of the shoe through traditional slits and then tied on with deer-hide.
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