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Get ready to add another pair of Air Forces to your sneaker collection. Nike has just announced a new collection of sneakers designed to celebrate Puerto Rican culture, heritage and pride.
The collection includes two pairs of Air Force 1s, which are slated for release on June 4, and a Nike Sportswear polo shirt, which is slated for release on June 9. The collection notably matches the 65th annual Puerto Rican National Day Parade in New York City, which takes place on June 12. The parade is regularly one of the largest annual cultural celebrations in the United States, with this year’s parade expected to welcome 1.5 million spectators.
The three soon-to-be-released products feature a vibrant color palette inspired by the buildings and hand-painted signs of San Juan and New York’s bodegas. Through the collection, Nike hopes to create visibility for the Boricua community while creating products that help customers show pride in their heritage.
A pair of Air Force sneakers from the collection features each outer component of the shoe in a different colorway inspired by the streets of San Juan. The shoes, deliberately mismatched, feature salmon, terracotta, mint green, lavender and sky blue hues. The sole, laces and logo of the single shoe are in white.
The other pair of Air Force trainers in the collection take the shoe style’s usual white colourway, with a light blue logo and heel counter that set the pair apart. The heel of the shoe is embroidered with the words “Puerto Rico” in bold black stitching, with a metal lace bar also featuring the island’s name on the front of the shoe.
The only garment in the collection – a Nike polo shirt – features a swirl of graphic navy, light blue and orange colors with a specially designed stitched Nike logo. Parts of the polo shirt, as well as the sock liner of the shoes, notably feature a graphic design celebrating common phrases used in San Juan and within New York’s Boricua community.
In addition to revealing the collection, Nike also announced that it will donate a total of $625,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide education, athletics and career development programs for Hispanic youth. and Latinos in 2022. The company says it has also donated similar amounts to such programs. in past years.
“Serving athletes means creating opportunities for more people to access sport and creating more visibility for athletes to see themselves reflected in sport,” Nike said in the statement.
The sneakers and polo will be available exclusively on Nike’s SNKRS app and at select retailers in Puerto Rico and the United States.