2011 Black History Month Collection

Official Nike Press Release

This year’s Black History Month Nike Air Force 1 celebrates the achievements and pioneering spirit of three important basketball players: Julius Irving, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. There was a call to greatness for all three players, a moment in time that defined their careers, and changed the course of history for the sport of Basketball. For Dr. J, it was unifying the ABA and NBA with his finesse and high flying style. For Jordan, it was the ’87 Slam Dunk title, the one that made kids all over draw chalk lines to jump from in their backyards. When Kobe scored 81 points in ‘06, it made you question what planet he was from. Each player laid the foundation for the next to elevate the game even further.

The predominantly black upper of this Black History Month AF1 is a nod to the past, because in the early days of the sport of basketball, shoes on the court were almost always black. The hints of gold all around the shoe are reminders of the golden moment we all are striving to achieve. You’ll also find a woodblock cut print around the upper by artist Hele Woodruff, adding another chapter to the pioneer story.

With a premium Stetson leather upper, metal eyelets and accessories, gold stitching, and a clear tinted outsole, you’ll see this isn’t just your average AF1. This is a sneaker that celebrates a powerful pioneering spirit.

 

Nike Black History Month 2011 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2011 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2011 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2011 Collection

Nike Black History Month 2011 Collection

 

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Black Mamba’s Black Mambas

Kobe is taking his nickname to a new level with the Zoom Kobe VI. They aren’t too different aesthetically from the Vs but the VIs with this snakeskin upper is really a good look. These are just a prototype, but im eager to see these hit production.