Remember when Blazers were that shoe that always hit the sale racks?
We loved picking up the smaller swooshed black/white leather variations at Foot Locker several years ago for peanuts, but after years of continual push, the VNTG versions of the fat branded OG version have started shifting units. Look to the feet next time you're out and you'll see some bold shades of suede on the feet of folk who aren't forum dwellers of shoebox stackers — it took a while, but the Blazer's gone mainstream. That's good news for us in terms of commitment to vintage-themed makeups (and there's plenty more on the way), but the recent resurrections of the Wimbledon, Match and All Court have opened up a market for basic 1970s Nike court pieces.
That's how we end up with Quickstrike designs like these, nodding to the doyens of Japanese street style who aided in their resurrection. What we've got here is a hybrid of All Court and Blazer, with the branding removed in line with a current appetite for nothingness. To our knowledge, there was once a time when the Blazer had the All Court toe — it was back in the early '80s when the Blazer was relegated to budget status due to the evolution of the hi-top at the time. We're not huge fans of that zip detail, but it's concealed on the medial side and due to vulc overexposure, we thought these were All Court Mids on first glance, but they're alright if you like this kind of thing.
We're more inclined towards the green colourway, but that brandless Blazer makes us yearn for more in the vein of those killer Tier Zero oiled leather perf swoosh variations from a while back, or more colourways of the excellent Supreme Court. Still, if you're in the market for a basic sneaker with a certain functionality for day-to-day wear, you could do worse. All three are in the Crooked store now