Nike SB Blazer Low Grant ‘GT’ Taylor Pro Model – First Impressions
Reviewed by David Read (and Josh Wilson)
When I first caught a look at this shoe it reminded me of a pair of old Blazer Lows (funny that) that I’d bought in Aussie a few years back in an almost identical colourway. I immediately dug them out of the closet to get nostalgic about them. Looking at the standard Blazer Lows now they felt a tad on the chunky side from what I would normally wear these days, and I wondered how the much of a Gran Turismo treatment this new shoe would get.
Once the GT arrived I stacked the old and new side by side to compare. The GT is a mildly pimped version of the normal Blazer Low. Firstly, the weight has been reduced slightly, and while the panelling is similar the silhouette has been slimmed down a little. Still present is the Zoom Air insole that lovers of the Janoski, Bruin and Blazer will enjoy.
There are some new details: They have a smaller swoosh, a thinner tongue that’s now gusseted and the heel padding is thinner and more refined. Tiny star-shaped vents on both sides replace the panel of vents on the old Blazer Low. There’s a lush sock liner and new styling around at the back of the heel cuff. Thankfully they are still a normal fit that accommodates a wide foot like mine.
My only concern with this shoe, and it’s not a new one, is the stitching around the toe/ollie area. Anyone who is a fan of the Nike SB’s Blazer and Classic or the adidas Stan Smith and Campus Vulc will know that this style of shoe can be prone to blow out. Seeing as this style is far from revolutionary, and is etched in the classic arena (much like Grant’s skating), this won’t come as a surprise.
I’ll expect this shoe is going to appeal to anyone looking for that quintessential look and feel, and they are a welcome addition seeing as the Blazer Low and Campus Vulc have been absent from the market of late. There’s no doubt it’ll be popular with the leagues of bowl dogs and ramp rioters that hold anything that Grant touches in high regard too.
Nonetheless, with the help of our guest Tested reviewer Josh Wilson, we’ll put these to the test and come back to you with how they hold up.