Monday, February 23, 2009

Fresh Kicks

This month, Nike has released a special edition, Black History Month shoe to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the NAACP and the significant progress that African Americans have made since the NAACP's inception. These shoes were not released to the public but were given to three seniors at Miami's Booker T. Washington High School. These three students were finalists in a Nike sponsored contest to "to create their own artistic expression regarding Black History Month through the art of spoken word." The contestants were critiqued by a celebrity panel of judges that included Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning and Miami Heat disk jockie DJ Irie. As is true with most of Nike's limited projects, this shoe is covered in artistic detail. The back features a "100 year" patch, celebrating the NAACP's 100th year of existence, which is complimented by an icy, clear sole that resembles the marble courtroom floor of the U.S. Supreme Court where many paramount civil rights cases were won. Also, the red and green serves as a smooth subordinate to the predominantly black exterior.

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