October 28, 2012 BY John Kim / 25
Since 2004, Nike and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital have teamed up in an honorable effort to raise funds for the hospital’s mission of caring for the unfortunate youth in our country. In an idea rooted from Nike’s Creative Director of Global Brand Presentations and Doernbecher Foundation board member Michael Doherty and his son, Nike and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital created the Doernbecher Freestyle – a capsule of Nike footwear designed by a select group of young patients of the hospital. Nike unveiled the Doernbecher Freestyle IX Collection last night, and Sneaker News brings you a first look at the six models designed by Grant Olson, Autumn Boynton, Finnigan Mooney, Kylie Bell, Chad Berg, and Oswaldo Jimenez. Take a look at the entire Nike x Doernbecher Freestyle IX below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more information regarding availability and release.
Last December, after a series of fainting spells, Oswaldo Jimenez (11) was given a life-changing diagnosis: severe pulmonary hypertension. The once very active boy now has to be cautious with the amount of energy he exerts. Oswaldo is very close to his family, and drew inspiration for his shoe from his Mexican heritage. “Pollito,” which means little chicken, is Oswaldo’s nickname. It’s lasered in a feather pattern on the sockliner and also featured on the tongue. His favorite number, 17, is on the back heel. Oswaldo’s birthday, September 13, is on the inside of the tongue. Finally, the red and green outsole pays homage to his hometown of Queretaro, Mexico.
This is something that deserves applause from all in the sneaker community alot of you come off as spoiled brats with no rules or regulations. Rule #1 you dont critique kid designed shoes, whats your deal unpopular or something?
My bday is 9/13 also lol. It would make a lot more sense for the entire DB collection to be a GR if the money is going to charity. That's just Nike's way of thinking I guess
I respect the children's imagination for creating their own shoes, but I just hope Nike/Jordan Brand increases their f*****' shoe supply! So I can try copping 'em, cuz then I'll see 'em on eBay SMFH! And unfortunately, Nike/Jordan Brand will never make it happen.
This is an amazing project but its sad to see re sellers sell the shoe for more than what's it's worth .... GR is needed NIKE!!
@AmauryTybgGarcia they are dunk sbs
@AmauryTybgGarcia I hope so! I won't buy Dunks unless it has that little "SB" tag under the swoosh! I know you feel me on this daaaaaaaaaawg! #HYPEBEASTKREW4LYFE
@AmauryTybgGarcia I don't think so
@JamesJohnMichaelDunphyJr <=== Most well informed person in the sneakerworld. I was always under the impression that all SB's were exclusive to skateshops. According to homeboy here, Nike has all of a sudden decided to change their policy. Clap. Clap. Clap.
That...is some damn good investigateringeded. I'm glad NSW decided to inform nobody and secretly add "SB" to this Doernbecher release, cause I ain't buying no dunks unless it says "SB" under the swoosh!
@superbillybob8 I worked on them with Finn, so that's how I know. Hope you buy a few pairs.