Originally introduced in 1972, the Nike Blazer was the simplest of high-cut leather basketball shoes. Named for the Portland Trail Blazers and worn by star guard Geoff Petrie, they were essentially Swoosh billboards for fans of the National Basketball Association, another way to get the two-year-old company on the sneaker map. They stayed in production for a long while, into the ‘80s, then faded as Air Force and Air Jordan took over. For years, maybe even decades, the Blazer was just another old sneaker, remembered fondly by aficionados but forgotten by most everyone else.

Thirty years later, three releases changed that. In 2002, the Blazer was reinterpreted for Nike’s new skateboarding (SB) line in “Paul Brown” and Mesa Orange, with an old-style fatbelly Swoosh. The Blazer had been used by skateboarders before and had influenced the second generation of skate shoes—its shape can be seen reflected in classic basketball-influenced models like the Vans Mid Skool 77—but this was the first time it was intentionally marketed as one itself. That same year, streetwear kings Stüssy released two Blazer collabs, in muted navy and grey, with Swooshes (small, modern ones) in vibrant colors, Turbo Pink and Poison Green respectively. They proved to be the most highly sought-after Blazer in 30 years. That was, at least until the following year, 2003, when legendary graf artist Futura reworked the fatbelly Swoosh version in varying militaristic shades of green with a crackle finished upper for Nike’s first Artist Series. Like the Stüssys, the Futuras were extremely limited and highly sought after. The Blazer was back. The stage was set. And in 2006, the ultimate Nike Blazer hit the market.

Enter Supreme.