Last year Nike put out a Colin Kaepernick jersey that quickly sold out, and now they’re releasing his signature shoe.
They’ll be in stores in early December, and the news comes about 14 months after the quarterback signed an endorsement deal with the company.
Kaepernick appeared to wear the sneakers on Saturday, Nov. 16, during his workout in Atlanta while stretching. It was the same day he threw passes for 40 minutes in front of eight NFL teams at Charles Drew High School in Atlanta suburb of Riverdale, Georgia.
Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick on the San Francisco 49ers, and joined him during his protests, posted a photo of the kicks, along with Kap’s jersey.
The sneakers are black with white trim and they show a drawing of the quarterback’s face and afro on the heel.
“Game day fit 🔥You already know #ImwithKap y’all see the kicks,” Reid captioned the Nov. 17 photo.
When news of Kaepernick’s deal with Nike surfaced, it caused a major controversy and many said they’d no longer support the brand. And that noise grew even louder when Nike released its ad called “Dream Crazy,” which starred the former 49er.
For example, College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, Missouri, said its athletic teams would get rid of all their uniforms that bore the Nike swoosh logo because of the ad.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since he opted out of his contract after the close of the 2016 season, and many believe he’s been blackballed for protesting systematic racism by kneeling for the national anthem.
On Nov. 12 it was announced the NFL arranged a workout for Kap, and they invited all 32 teams.
But the quarterback changed the location shortly before it started, because he wanted more transparency and had other issues as well. Reportedly, no teams have shown interest in the 32-year-old since the workout.