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The Sneaker World is Paying Homage to Black History Month

Feb 18, 2016

If you’ve grown up in the United States, you know that the month of February is Black History month. The month where we take time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of famous, African American historical figures. This year, the biggest shoe lines in the land, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Puma are all releasing a special line of shoes in honor of the month.

Adidas is using this year to honor the great Jesse Owens, who competed as a sprinter in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, back in a time where racial tensions were at an extreme high. All the redesigns have the number “733”, Owens’s famous bib number.

Nike is coming the hardest releasing a massive line has 28 different reimagining’s of popular designs in honor of Black History month. Kobe Bryant’s, Kevin Durant’s, and LeBron James’s signature basketball shoes have all been redone.

Puma is choosing to honor another Olympic sprinter, Tommie Smith, who took a stand for civil rights during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. The casual shoes features Tommie’s image putting up the Black Power Fist, remembering the gesture he showed after winning his event during the Olympics.

Steph Curry and Under Armour will also be joining the trend by releasing a Black History Month version of his own signature shoes. They still look a hell of a lot like LeBron’s custom kicks, but we have to admit the color scheme on these special editions look damn good.