Lance Mountain’s take on the Nike SB Blazer Mid blends past inspiration and what’s to come. The left shoe’s heel reads “78” for the year the legend first laid eyes on the Blazer, the shoe worn by his childhood heroes. That era also saw Mountain make his own foray into pool skateboarding, represented by the tile-like debossing. A nod to the tri-colored concert posters that inspired Mountain’s graphic work throughout his career, seen through the prism-fade details standing out against Black suede. It all culminates in “17” on the right heel for the present—and Mountain’s ongoing love of it all.
Lance Mountain first laid eyes on the Nike Blazer not in person, but in the pages of skateboard magazines. “In ’78, the Blazer started showing up a lot,” he recalls. “A lot of top pro guys at that time were wearing the Blazer. That’s how I first saw it. It was always on my radar — part of my youth. When I got on Nike, I went straight to that shoe.”