Virgil Abloh never fails to make some buzz especially among those with a fondness for streetwear; his partnership with Nike through his label Off-White likewise interests just as many fans, and that’s just putting it lightly. With Halloween just around the corner, Abloh and the Swoosh excite sneakerheads with a release of not one, but two pairs. The two also bear names appropriate for the season, “All Hallows Eve” and “Grim Reaper”.
The anticipation for the shoes have been building since they first leaked onto social media, even before a confirmation was immediately made by the collaborating brands. “All Hallows Eve” takes a lighter tone with pale vanilla and orange, compared to the “Grim Reaper” that goes the other direction. Both pairs were released in the first few days of the Halloween month; the kicks were initially priced at US$130.
The Off-White x Nike Blazer Mid “All Hallows Eve” is a pumpkin-colored treat during the month of spooks, taking on a classic silhouette in the Nike Blazer. It is made out of a mishmash of materials, including a Flymesh paneling. The sneakers are pretty neat with the combination of pale vanilla, orange, the green flap against the Nike logo and even the soft blue tie that marks Abloh’s collaborations with Nike. Another Abloh mark makes an appearance through the text on the shoes. These come with two laces, one that blends more easily with the color of the shoes and another that pops against the vanilla background, giving more options in styling.
It is unfortunate that the shoes are not the most comfortable available, becoming an example of giving up comfort for fashion. There is some cushioning, but it remains mostly faithful to the 1970s Blazer. The synthetic leather by the ankles feels rather cheap, which may add to the discomfort. The Off-White x Nike Blazer Mid “All Hallows Eve” are generally longer and narrow; for those blessed with wide feet, going up half a size is recommended for better fit. The sneakers have also been issued in limited numbers.
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