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Nike Blazer High Premium (Black Fives)
Nike Blazer High Black Fives Edition!
The term Black Fives usually refers to basketball leagues that thrived in the United States in the period between 1900 and 1940, when racial segregation was institutionalized, in which African-American players in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Pittsburgh, and later other cities, engaged in community-based and inter-city leagues and rivalries. this special collectible Nike Dunk pays tribute to one of the earliest black professional basketball teams in America, the New York Rennaissance, known as the Rens. The Rens, who are considered by experts to be as important in the development of black basketball as the Harlem Globetrotters, began in 1920, and their first victory over the white world champion Original Celtics in 1925 was a watershed moment in both basketball and race relations in the United States.
Released in 1972, the Nike Blazer was one of the first basketball sneakers Nike ever created. They were designed to compete with Converse and Adidas sneakers that were dominating the court, and feature a simple design with a large Nike Swoosh, and an outsole that is fused to the upper. Today you won't find the Blazer on the hardwood, but the classic design still remains extremely popular for casual wear.
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