You can count on the fingers of your one hand the MLB athletes who have had popular signature sneakers. One of those athletes is the newly-retired Ken Griffey Jr., and his signature Nike trainers are arguably the most popular signature sneakers to ever have an MLB athletes name tied to them.
As soon as The Kid announcement his retirement in 2009, Nike began reissuing his signature kicks, starting with the Nike Air Griffey Max 1. New and old colorways alike were released throughout the year, with a few more following in 2010 and a “Cincinnati Reds” version releasing earlier this year. Not done yet, Nike’s saving the best for last.
Scheduled to return this summer is the immensely popular Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Emerald”. This is one of the original colorways of the Air Griffey Max 1 that released back in 1996, and it’ll be the third OG model to hit the market since 2009. When we first caught a look at the sneakers back in December, readers were completely floored to learn that they’d be making a comeback. Appearing exactly as they did 15 years ago, the sneakers feature a Black and Emerald base with contrasting hits of white covering the Swoosh, laces, 24 on the ankle strap and the area around the Air pockets.
We still can’t confirm an exact release date at this time for the Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Emerald”, so stay tuned for further details and in the mean time, check out some detailed photos of the shoes below.
Source: Kicks Lab