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Ken Griffey Jr Shoes

Ken Griffey Jr Shoes

Ken Griffey Jr Shoes

The Ken Griffey Jr. shoes recently kicked off a 20th anniversary celebration. The "20 years of iconic model" has been designed to pay homage to this tremendous year.

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Ken Griffey Jr. was the closest thing baseball had to Michael Jordan, and while his Swingman line will never surpass the Air Jordan line in terms of sales and popularity, it does have a special place in sneaker culture. (Source: www.si.com)

There are a few players in today’s game with their own signature shoes – Mike Trout (Nike), Bryce Harper (Under Armour), Francisco Lindor (New Balance), but no one has come close to what Griffey has done. We are starting to see more young stars like Mookie Betts, Tim Anderson and Fernando Tatis Jr. become household names that transcend the sport. Could they be the next signature stars in baseball? (Source: www.si.com Griffey was everywhere at a certain point in time: making an appearance on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the film Little Big League and various video games such as Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest. (Source:www.si.com))

Would also like to point out that MJ asked for Griffey Jr.’s autograph at the 1993 MLB All-Star game. (Source: www.si.com Here is a list of the rest of the sneakers in Griffey’s line: Nike Air Griffey Max 2, Nike Air Max 360 Diamond Griffey, Nike Air Max Griffey Fury, Nike Air Max Jr. and Nike Total Griffey Max 99. (Source:www.si.com))

is paying homage to its 25-year history with Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. by releasing a four-shoe pack inspired by Griffey Jr.’s legacy and on-field feats. The pack’s silhouettes include Griffey’s own Air Griffey Max 1 (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary) plus Nike Sportswear standouts like the Air Max 90, Air Force 1 Low and Air VaporMax Plus, each of which spotlights a different piece of or highlight from The Kid’s storied career. (Source: hypebeast.com)

Hitting third is the low-top Air Force 1, which draws from the time Griffey spent on the field with his father: both took the outfield for the Mariners on August 31, 1990, the first time a father and son ever played together in the big leagues. The left shoe is all about Jr., with his #24 on the lateral heel plus Swooshed “Jr” hits on the insole and heel tab alike. The right shoe is all Sr., with the elder Ken Griffey’s #30 on the heel and Swooshed “Sr” heel and insole hits. Shared details like gold lace deubres, baseball stitching on the rear seam and forefoot Swooshes round things off. (Source: hypebeast.com In the cleanup spot is the Air VaporMax Plus. A modernized take on the beloved Air Max Plus that adds a VaporMax cushioning unit, it’s inspired by Griffey Jr.’s legendary “Spiderman” catch from May 25, 1991 in which he flung himself into the wall to catch a deep fly ball. Printed white and black graphic are featured on its synthetic upper, sitting above a jet black VaporMax cushioning unit. There’s also a “24” hit on the insoles surrounded by spider webs, baseball stitch detailing and “Jr” embellishments on the heel tabs. (Source:hypebeast.com))

Look for all four shoes from the Nike Ken Griffey Jr. collection to release on the Nike webstore come June 25. MSRPs range from $110 USD to $210 USD. (Source: hypebeast.com A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr. followed his father to the Major Leagues, where he assembled an amazing career. Having hit over 600 home runs in his injury-riddled career, it’s impossible to speculate on just how good The Kid really was. Still, his signature line from Nike continues to have a following, much as it did during its hey-day. Whether it’s the Air Griffey Max 1 or the Air Griffey Max GD II, Junior’s Nikes are hard to beat. (Source:www.nicekicks.com))

Ken Griffey Jr. is considered by many to be amongst the greatest home run hitters of all time. Playing in a generation marred by performance enhancing drugs, Griffey is believed to have steered clear of any drug use and as such, holds a special place in the hearts and minds of sports purists. In addition… Read More >> (Source: unlocked.footlocker.com)

Fresh off the Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Freshwater” release from earlier this year comes the fully stacked Nike Ken Griffey Jr. “Swingman” Collection that’s dropping this month. Paying tribute to the career of “The Kid”, the collection includes a baseball-inspired sneaker pack that consists of the Nike Air Griffey Max 1, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 and Nike Air VaporMax Plus silhouettes in teal, black, white, red and blue color schemes based on the uniforms of teams that Ken Griffey Jr. played for. Completing the collection is a matching mix of apparel including a button-down baseball top, shorts and T-Shirts with Ken Griffey Jr. graphics and nods to his jersey number 24. The full collection has a release date set for June 25th, but select clothing styles are available to cop ahead of the sneaker pack’s upcoming drop via the links below. (Source: sneakerfits.com)

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It’s not too often that you get to talk to one of the greatest athletes to ever play his sport – who also happens to be a proud owner of 10 Gold Glove awards, who has jettisoned the most career home runs of any current ballplayer, and he says things like, “I’m just a normal dad with an abnormal job.” But such is the life of Ken Griffey Jr. He’s humble, content and proud, definitely. He’s aware of what he’s accomplished, but not eager to tell everyone else in the room. Having grown up around the Major Leagues as a youngster with a professional-playing pops of the same name, Junior was used to the bright lights, big ballparks and attention to come, even before it was his turn. (Source: nickdepaula.com)

After starring at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati a decade after his father won back-to-back World Series championships with the Reds, there was no mistaking the future for Ken Griffey Jr., as he was selected as the number one overall draft pick in 1987 by the Seattle Mariners. What was to come could only really be classified as a perfect storm moment. Just as we saw how seamlessly the worlds of heroic on-field performance, a glowing personality and a legendary signature sneaker series could align perfectly for Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan a few years before him, Junior was primed as the next in line to overtake yet another sport while repping the Swoosh. With Nike’s Tracy Teague working overtime to design both his on-field cleats and off-field turf kicks, Griffey went on to enjoy one of the most iconic signatures series of the 1990s. He was undoubtedly the first to make baseball shoes fashionable for everyday wear. (Source: nickdepaula.com)

With his career now winding down after reaching nearly every statistical milestone imaginable sans an ever-present-in-baseball asterisk, we caught up with Ken Griffey Jr. on an expectedly dreary Saturday afternoon at his downtown Seattle condo. Unlike most of our one-on-one interview formats, the hour-long conversation was fortunate to have an added bonus in the mix, as we also had Tracy Teague, now Creative Director of Nike Basketball, and Lynn Merritt, Nike’s Senior Director of Basketball Development, on hand. Merritt has long worked in the realm of sports marketing for Nike and has been instrumental in the signings of some of the brand’s biggest athletes, while Teague has designed many of the brand’s most notable cleat and turf models from the ’90s. Though modest when it came time to talk about his legacy and conversely beaming when discussing his wife Melissa and three kids, Trey, Taryn and Tevin, Ken Griffey Jr. feels privileged to have enjoyed a long-lasting career that has earned him fans across the globe. (Source: nickdepaula.com Ken Griffey Jr.: Probably from day one. Having a dad who played professional baseball, you always want to follow your dad’s footsteps. When football season came around I played football, and when basketball season came around I played basketball, but for the most part I knew I wanted to play baseball. That was an easy decision. Plus, I wasn’t really that big. I think my junior year of high school I was about 143 pounds. [laughs] I ended up coming back as a senior weighing about 190, but by that time I had made my mind up that football wasn’t going to be the choice for me. (Source:nickdepaula.com))

Let this serve as notice to Stephen Curry: If you're going to release a plain, mostly white shoe, Ken Griffey Jr.'s special edition "Air Griffey Max 1" is how you do it. (Source: www.foxsports.com)

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KGJ: Oh, they’ve got the best of both worlds. They get design and comfort, new technology, lightweight, everything. From [my first shoe] to [the Swingman Remix] is a big difference. (Source: nickdepaula.com KGJ: Guys who were like me and enjoy the game, who play hard, but really who are different. I think having Torii, a center fielder, was a big deal, because he’s the closest person that reminds me of me, from running the walls and diving, to starting off in turf in Minnesota. We’re pretty good friends. Then there’s Carl, who can flat out fly. The best part about it is Trey was like, “Dad, can I get the silver on the bottom like him?” [laughs] And you guys see how much fun Orlando and J-Ro have, and Ryan is a kid who can do it all. What’s unique about him is he has a self confidence about him like, “Hey, I can play. You can’t tell me otherwise.” That was the big thing with him, when he walks on the field, he has the feeling that there ain’t nobody better. At that time, that’s how I felt. (Source:nickdepaula.com))

Ken Griffey Jr.: Probably from day one. Having a dad who played professional baseball, you always want to follow your dad’s footsteps. When football season came around I played football, and when basketball season came around I played basketball, but for the most part I knew I wanted to play baseball. That was an easy decision. Plus, I wasn’t really that big. I think my junior year of high school I was about 143 pounds. [laughs] I ended up coming back as a senior weighing about 190, but by that time I had made my mind up that football wasn’t going to be the choice for me. (Source: nickdepaula.com KGJ: Ah man, I just had a growth spurt. That was it. There wasn’t anything that I had done really. At that time, my dad didn’t believe in lifting a heavy amount of weights because he knew that I was going to play baseball. I’d go into the weight room with the football team and do half the things that they were doing because I knew I wasn’t going to play. [laughs] For the off-season, it was really just riding bikes and hitting for the first couple of years. Then, it got to the point where I was gaining weight and getting bigger, and I had to start lifting, which was quite an achievement for me. [laughs] I have a younger brother who played at Ohio State, and he just got big real quick. He went from 140 as a senior to about eight weeks later like 180. I didn’t even recognize him when he walked into the locker room. I was like, “Who is this bald guy standing at my locker lookin’ at my stuff?” He turned around, and I was like, “Ooooh! I know who that is.” [laughs] (Source:nickdepaula.com))

 

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