When an athlete retires from the game, the demand for their signature sneakers seems to instantly grow, similar to trading trades and how they go up in value and become more desirable among collectors. Such is the case with Ken Griffey Jr. and his signature Swingman series with Nike. When Ken put in for his retirement and hung up his cleats, Nike began reissuing his signature trainers and the demand for them was higher than when he was still swinging a bat. To go along with the retro releases, they went ahead and created an entirely new signature sneaker for The Kid, something they haven’t done in ages.
Known as the Nike Air Max Jr., this hybrid model brings together several elements from some of Griffey’s previous Nike sneakers and includes the use of Nike’s fairly new Torch Tech material and a Air Max 360 sole which looks a little out-of-place to us. The sneakers are also Nike+ ready. Various color variations are slated to release throughout the year with this Black/Varsity Red version set to be the first pair to hit retailers sometime in April.